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Elite Squad : The Enemy Within [DVD]

Wagner Moura , Irandhir Santos , José Padilha    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Seu Jorge, Tainá Müller
  • Directors: José Padilha
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Portuguese
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Revolver Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 115 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005I4JOHS
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,024 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The biggest film in South American cinema history, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within sees revered Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura) and his second in command Aspirante Matias (Andre Ramiro) facing battles both on the streets and within the corrupt political system of Rio de Janeiro. Following the bloody aftermath of a disastrously handled prison riot, Nascimento gets caught in a bloody political dispute that involves not only government officials, but also the deadly paramillitary groups known as the milicias. Featuring scenes of breathtaking action and compelling drama, José Padilha's critically acclaimed blockbuster is based on a blend of intense research and real events, presenting a devastating vision of modern Rio and one man's fight against the system.

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Right up there with The Wire for engaged, timely and thought-provoking police drama" 5 Stars, THE SUNDAY TELEGRAPH
Impressive political thriller... Compelling and breathless 4 Stars, TOTAL FILM
Savage and exciting 4 Stars, EMPIRE
Heart-stopping action and eye-popping violence 4 Stars, METRO
Elegantly constructed and coolly performed... Almost a perfect cop thriller 4 Stars, THE TIMES
Top entertainment with much food for thought 4 Stars, SKY MOVIES

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars BOPE springs eternal! 29 Mar 2013
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After a prison riot calls for BOPE assistance, Col. Nascimento gets into trouble, when their heavy handed tactics are exposed by a supporter of human rights. But instead of sacking Nascimento, he is promoted by the politicians wanting to further their political power by taking a hard line against crime. From there Nascimento puts BOPE into over drive and smashes the drug dealers in the slums, but far from remedying the situation it just creates a gaping hole, ready to be exploited by the dirty cops who now run the streets. Not only this but corruption is rooted firmly within the system, meaning that before long, Nascimento is forced to fight some very personal battles for justice...
A good follow up to the first film, with plenty of violence and brutality peppering the political storyline. This time out we get to see that Nascimento isn't quite the fascist we all thought he was in Elite Squad, which if I'm honest is a bit of a shame but probably necessary for film popularity and character development! If you were being picky, you could say that some of the time~lines don't quite add up (his 16yr old son etc) but as far as I was concerned, similar with the original outings social comment, it didn't bother me and I just went with it.
When the dust settles, I have to say that I probably didn't like this quite as much as its predecessor but don't take that as a warning, because this is still highly entertaining, especially if you liked Elite Squad or for that matter enjoy world crime cinema.
The blu ray is ridiculously cheap at the moment (£2.50ish) meaning that even with its lack of bountiful extras (just a trailer and making of) its still a steal..
Went onto the BBFC website after watching this, with an inkling that a murder may have been cut but they said not, unless it was cut before submission which I doubt.
4/5 stars.
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By Tommy Dooley TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Well this full throttle action fest from Brazil should tick all the boxes and as a sequel had more money spent on it than the first. It stars Wagner Moura as Lt. Col Nasciemento who leads BOPE the elite force of non corrupt cops who have been fighting the drug cartels and government under funding.

In this follow up we see Nasciemento and his team going to the aid of a prison riot, where the cartels are doling out medieval justice on each other. It goes very wrong and he gets the blame or takes the rap as we should say in a crime flick . In order to take him out of harms way he is promoted to the Security Ministry to oversee things. This is when he realises that it is corrupt cops that are now the problem and the corrupt politicians that allow these extortions to go on, all the time feeding off the weak and poor in the favellas of Rio.

This is fictional and says at the beginning that it may seem like the recent past but it really is not. Well if it isn't then it is as close as you can get to a critique or polemic about South American politics without actually being either. We also have the story of Nasciemento's ex wife and son who are now living with a `right on' left wing lecturer come politician who is diametrically opposed to everything he stands for and is driving a wedge between him and his son.

This is not a full on actioner, but when it comes it is done really well and the whole thing has a believability that should be incredible, but I think we are so jaded by corruption that it becomes all too easy to believe. We also have some great lines like `if you don't wanna die, you shouldn't have been born' -eat your heart out Shakespeare!

Jose Padhila wrote and directed this and I expect to see more from him.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel to a brilliant movie 30 April 2013
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The first Elite Squad movie was a riveting experience. In that one it is seen that the drug gangs inhabiting the slums of Rio are spreading like a cancer and the local police is either inept or corrupt, calling for a fascistic solution in the form of BOPE, a courageous, incorruptible and brutal unit dedicated to eradicating these criminals even if it means collateral damage. In the sequel 'The Enemy Within', after a violent standoff between prisoners and BOPE squad, its commander Nascimento is transferred and promoted to an undersecretary position which he aims to use to strengthen BOPE's mission. But he gradually comes to realize that the eradication of one form of crime from the slums only leads to its replacement by another since the political system thrives on corruption and self-serving. The film ends on a grim but not wholly nihilistic note. The Enemy Within is every bit as intense as its predecessor, whether exploring the ideological differences of its characters or exploding into visceral street violence.
The blu-ray features a very strong transfer and a walloping soundtrack, The bonus feature is an hour-long making of with a lot of input from the director about the themes and continuity of his films. Highly recommended to film buffs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four stars - but a couple of reservations. 18 May 2012
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Okay, if you haven't seen the original The Elite Squad [DVD], then consider this a four star review, edging towards a five. The acting's good (damn good in some places - the talk show host for example), the action is good, it doesn't feel amateur and the protagonist's laconic voice-over keeps you in the loop. It's a semi-serious movie - so no Bruce Willis type antics - about a very serious subject that is fascincating in its own right.

Great to watch. Interesting to observe.

Right, that's my first opinion out of the way. ***Beware, possible spoilers ahead.***

So, why a second opinion? Well, having watched and enjoyed the first movie, this otherwise good film gets dragged down to a three, losing a star to disappointment.

First there's the characters. Nascimento gets a little more fleshed out here, but seemingly at the expense of Matthias, who suddenly becomes more skeletal. If you've seen the first movie, then the decisions Matthias makes in his brief appearances here just seem way out of character and incomprehensible. If you've not seen the first movie, he probably just comes across as a dick.

The whole business with Fraga was a bit of a mess, especially with migrating Nascimento's ex-wife over to his side to create some family tension. Nice idea but there simply isn't room in the movie to explore it. The tense relationship between Nascimento and Fraga is told rather than shown. In the house scenes you don't really learn much else. You could have cut them out all together and concentrated more time on the relationship between Nascimento and his son, and then Fraga at the office.
Fraga also got off a little too lightly in my opinion.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed
I liked this flick, it was enjoyable and a good action flick. The strikes were cool and harsh maybe just right for the environment.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. S. Riaz
5.0 out of 5 stars I LOVE these damn films!!!
Something put me off watching the prequel to this film, and I can't remember what it was because I was fairly interested in it. Years later I saw it on LoveFilm and was blown away. Read more
Published 4 months ago by KATN
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film, worth watching
Film packed with alot of action, good acting and good storyline. Highly recommended.

Need more films like this and the City of God
Published 4 months ago by Habeeb Akande
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable!!!
............But I preferred "City of God". A very action-packed, tense, nail-biting and violent "adventure" with some good acting displayed particularly by the lead... Read more
Published 5 months ago by EMJ
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst dvd ever
Although I can speak Portuguese I bought this film with the intention of watching it with my housemates. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Alvaro Olavo Leite
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent film about a subject Americans and Europeans know little...
How to be an honest cop in Brazil? This is an excellent film about a subject Americans and Europeans know little about - police work and politics in Brazil (though, with the... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Old Soldier
5.0 out of 5 stars lightning does strike twice
great delivery perfect condition and just such a perfect sequel i hate foreign films but this is something else recommend to anyone
Published 11 months ago by Elliot
4.0 out of 5 stars Uncompromising action movie
This movie, like it's predecessor pulls no punches. It is brutal without doubt but certainly not gratuitous. This is an action flick that Hollywood could never make. Read more
Published 14 months ago by K. K. Jakubczyk
5.0 out of 5 stars Elite Squad
Great price for a great film. Excellent service - dvd arrived sooner than expected. Very happy my purchase - highly recommended.
Published 18 months ago by Ronan Mead "Rome"
4.0 out of 5 stars really enjoyed it
I thought it was a very good film, although the first one is far better. I advise everyone to see the first one again before seeing this second one as it is definitely necessary to... Read more
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