Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
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The sprawling slum that towers over Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on Earth, and as the head of Rio's BOPE (Special Police Operations Battalion), Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) has seen his share of intense situations. When a BOPE mission to stop a jail riot ends in violence, Nascimento finds his job on the line--and BOPE accused of a massacre by human rights activists. But a public fed up with the violence and gangs that plague Rio loves it, and Nascimento finds himself embraced as a hero who gets results. With elections around the corner, he's promoted to… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 93%

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"The pace is quick, the violence is rough, and the visual style is documentary as Padilha hammers home his point: Someone is forever in the pocket of someone else as The System constantly adapts to protect itself."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Elite Squad is just urgent and complex enough to make it clear violence is more than a matter for academic debate."
‑ Liam Lacey, Globe and Mail
"The entire last half hour is just incredibly disingenuous."
‑ Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, Ebert Presents At The Movies
"The Enemy Within, it's not just the cops and robbers who are corrupt and greedy and barbarous, but also politicians and media representatives. The "system" is everywhere."
‑ Cynthia Fuchs, PopMatters
"Hard-hitting Brazilian thriller about police corruption, politics and crime colliding in Rio's favelas and corridors of power and law enforcement is as intelligent as it is entertaining."
‑ Doris Toumarkine, Film Journal International
"When this Enemy Within settles into key action sequences, such as a stunning nighttime ambush or a daytime battle against Fabio, it becomes wildly entertaining."
‑ Robert Koehler, Variety
"A fast-paced, hard-hitting Brazilian police thriller."
‑ Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter
"Padilha's film offers no easy answers, but the title is a tip off as to where at least his sympathies lie."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Even if it's not as smart as it supposes itself to be, [the film] is still smart enough to be more than a decent way to waste time."
‑ Tim Brayton, Antagony & Ecstasy
"Throttles forward with remarkable aplomb and easily leaves the original in the dust."
‑ William Goss, Film.com
"Jammed with cliches but completely engrossing."
‑ J. R. Jones, Chicago Reader
"A film that grabs you by the shirtfront and rarely lets up its grip."
‑ Shawn Levy, Oregonian
"An epic crime drama from Rio de Janeiro with a thrilling pace and an over-the-top body count."
‑ Liz Braun, Jam! Movies
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