Screenwriter Bráulio Mantovani (of the Elite Squad films and City of God) conveys much plot wise, but the films are emotionally passive since the narration skirts through details so quickly that the viewer doesn't feel connected to it. He lingers here on the interworkings of corruption, but not as often on its story or characters. This creates a distance, pushing you away when it should pull you in.
A pragmatic, fascinating study of personal turmoil resulting in national consequences, ideology yielding willfully blind fanaticism, and the inevitable complexities of leadership and power. As unabashedly brutal and relentless as "The Raid," but also as thoughtful and provocative as "The Godfather" or "Gomorrah." A gem.
The rare sequel that improves upon the original. Even critics who labeled the first "Elite Squad" a love letter to fascism will have have to stand up and applaud as this movie aims a bullet to the head of government-wide corruption, media manipulation, and immoral private military contractors. "The Enemy Within" is an absorbing thriller, propelled forward by its terse tough guy narration and fluid action direction.
an incredibly sophisticated crime narrative that works as a fine companion to City of God. the fact that it's mostly shot like a Donnie Yen movie works against it less dramatically than you might believe
The joy continues and the skulls are back for another turn! The sequel has more drama woven with confusion and boldness which brings the sufficient amount of brutality to screen and good dose of adrenaline to our blood! José Padilha is a Micheal Mann/ Paul Greengrass at top of their game with a strange vibe of blunt intellectualism that sets the showroom on fire.
extraordinarily self-assured pop filmmaking. Mantovani's taste for the didactic is shared by more people than you'd think. I ultimately protest that. At the same time, these urgent sort of fantastic cries against the system are only problematic insomuch as they provoke one to ask. I hope. Not that all aspiring Managerial Class people should become legislators. See, it's making me think. and it has momentum.