Now that I'm back home from Hong Kong and Yangshuo in Gungxi Province, Mainland China, I've repopulated my Netflix queue, and Elite Squad arrived today. Released in 2007, b Elite Squad /b , or as it was called in Brazil, b Tropa de Elite /b , is about the Rio slums or favelas, and an elite squad of police called BOPE, whose mission is not so much law enforcement as it is the eradication of the drug lords that rule the favelas. br br br br This is not a film for the sensitive or the faint hearted. From the extreme fire-fights in the streets of the favelas, to the brutal interrogation methods employed by the BOPE officers, to the downright excessive boot camp training of the BOPE candidates in which it is a good year if three out the 25 make the cut - the intensity level of this film starts at strong, and soon goes through the roof with hardly any down time at all. br br The main character is Captain Nascimento played by b Wagner Moura /b . He's married, with a kid on...(Read More...)
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Cast: Wagner Moura, André Ramiro, Caio Junqueira
Synopsis: 1997, Captain Nascimento has to find a substitute for his occupation while trying to take down drug dealers and criminals before the Pope comes to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
Tagline: On the streets of Rio only the elite survive.
Classification: Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language and drug content.
Release date: 12 October 2007 (Brazil)
Running time: 115 min | Germany:118 min (Berlin International Film Festival)
Links: IMDb Profile
Categories: Action, Crime, Drama, Romance, Thriller
"Elite Squad" (original title: "Tropa de Elite")... there’s been quite a lot of talk about this Brazilian film going around. The story had me interested from the start. It tells about BOPE (Special Police Operation Battalion), and their captain Nascimento, who is also the narrator of the story. It is filmed with substantial shaky cam use, which adds to the feeling of it being a documentary of some sort, and certainly adds to the feeling of confusion and chaos during the action sequences. Aside from the squad itself, through the character of captain Nascimento we what this kind of life, always stressful and full of danger can do to a man’s psyche and his family life. You got to admire the guys. It’s nearing December 5th, and I’m kinda in the Punisher mood, because that’s when it premieres (well, in the USA at least. We Europeans will have to wait, of course), so I’m in the mood for the “badass cop/vigilante/special forces” type of...(Read More...)
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