A powerful film that takes the audience on a rough journey. One thing's for sure, the characters are not the same at the end of "Elite Squad" as they were at the start. Great handheld camera work and fluid editing, with a high contrast, "hot" look similar to some of Tony Scott's early 00's films. It's no surprise that Hollywood is knocking on Jose Padilha's door for a "Robocop" reboot. But see this first.
"(Não) Vai subir ninguém não!" -> mãe, quantas vezes citei eu isto for fu..."Mete na conta do papa" -> parece algo entre limpeza étnica e ajuste de contas e não sei de que lado está a verdade ou a justiça, ambos são bons e maus. O segundo filme sobe o nível de moralidade, though.
This the perfect counterpart to 2002 City of God, and should be seen along with Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, the 2010 sequel. Violence is a very complex thing in Brazil and the police behaviour is part of it. The 2010 sequel goes further into it. It's hard for me to talk too much about it, and I don't want to be patronizing nor judgemental, not being brazillian. I've been in Brazil, love it and seen more than this.
It is funny to read some of the comments... Adjectives like "pro-cop", "fascist", "nazi". Really? In Brazil we dont even have a significant right-wing party in decades. When Padilha made Bus 174 he was called... socialist. A simple research will reveal to you that Brazil is one of the most violent countries in the world, so why would you think that the story of the film is a "propaganda"? Sadly, its not.
It is magnificent how a Brazilian favela crime flic can turn into an art-house masterwork.
Elite Squad is one of those magic tricks of the cinema! one for sure different is and perplexing. Still confused about where i am going to be around It.