Elite squad 2, the enemy within

Elite squad 2, the enemy within

Tropa de elite. 2 : o inimigo agora e outro

DVD - 2011 | Portuguese
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Captain Nascimento has risen in his career to become the commander-in-chief of Rio de Janeiro's BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion) and later, a populist choice as the Sub-Secretary of Intelligence. In his new post, Nascimento strengthens BOPE and cripples the drug trade even further, bringing it to its knees. But soon he comes to a sobering realization that upon doing so, he ends up aiding his true enemies: Corrupt cops and dirty politicians with major electoral interests.

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Apr 22, 2018

Subtitles are often pointless if not silly, but this excellent film is perfectly described by the dark label "The Enemy Within". Character actor Wagner Moura plays the intelligent and driven yet insecure and overwhelmed Roberto Nascimento, a Brazilian police officer who's fight-fire-with-fire attitude is reminiscent of Dirty Harry and other past movie stars. Yet this is nothing like a typical Hollywood action film. Nascimento's chosen life drives away both his wife and his son while his success against lower-level drug traffickers presents new opportunities for tougher, more connected criminal gangs (fueled by dirty cops).

Brazil's extreme social inequality, with huge swaths of the population living in slums while a select few party it up in mansions, gets depicted in brutal fashion. The viewer naturally roots for Nascimento as he fights back against corrupt, sociopathic officials in the government as well as street thugs. Nonetheless, 'the system' in all its impersonal yet brutal nature remains a problem bigger than any one officer, no matter how determined. This dark, gripping thriller asks a lot of questions without giving much in the way of answers, and it also disturbingly parallels recent news stories about political turmoil in not just Brazil but across South America.

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