Elite Squad: The Enemy Within DVD Review +

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Synopsis

The plot of The Enemy Within, set thirteen years after the events of the first film, resolves around the maturing of former captain and now Lt. Col. Roberto Nascimento, who, after a disastrous BOPE operation on a prison riot, gets caught in a bloody political dispute that involves not only the Public Safety Department, the State governor and State Military Police, but also paramilitary groups known as milícias. The film also shows the family issues of Nascimento, with his now adolescent son gradually moving away from him due to his job and the influence of his stepfather, Diogo Fraga.

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within focuses more on Nascimento’s family relations than Elite Squad. In Wagner Moura’s words: “Nascimento matures in this film, which has to do with his concept of conscience and his age.”

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within: Review Snippets

Fwweekly: The movie calls to mind some recent Italian films like Il Divo and Gomorrah in the way it balances entertainment value, social consciousness, and human drama. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within was submitted by Brazil for consideration for the Best Foreign Film Oscar, but didn’t make the list of nominees. Those choices had better be damn good to justify leaving off this movie.

Cine-Vue: Past crime dramas such as City of God (2002), Carandiru (2003) and Padhila’s own 2002 debut Bus 174 have helped make Brazilian cinema an important tool for spreading awareness as well as an internationally critically acclaimed medium – thankfully, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within successfully continues with this trajectory.

FilmCritic.com: Elite Sqaud: The Enemy Within plays more like something by Scorsese or his benchmark setting ilk. There’s a complexity and interwoven efficiency that keeps us connected to the various narrative machinations. Brazil may not welcome its warnings, but for those outside the fray, Padilha’s call to action is heady indeed.


Paul Harrison

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