Elite Squad: The Enemy Within
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2011)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: November 11, 2011
DVD Release Date: February 14, 2012
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Critic Score: 93% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is a bleak, violent descent into the Brazilian underbelly, ripping into the favelas with unstoppable and kinetic force.

Lisa Schwarzbaum
Entertainment Weekly

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.

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Liam Lacey
Globe and Mail

Elite Squad is just urgent and complex enough to make it clear violence is more than a matter for academic debate.

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Ignatiy Vishnevetsky
Ebert Presents At The Movies

The entire last half hour is just incredibly disingenuous.

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Robert Koehler

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.

Stephen Farber
Hollywood Reporter

A fast-paced, hard-hitting Brazilian police thriller.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Padilha's film offers no easy answers, but the title is a tip off as to where at least his sympathies lie.

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William Goss

Throttles forward with remarkable aplomb and easily leaves the original in the dust.

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J. R. Jones
Chicago Reader

Jammed with cliches but completely engrossing.

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Shawn Levy

A film that grabs you by the shirtfront and rarely lets up its grip.

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Flixster Audience Score: 91% Flixster User Reviews
Carlos Magalhães
Even better than the exceptional first movie, it presents an intelligent story in which drug trafficking in Rio de Janeiro is beaten but then a new enemy rises… More
xGary Xx
Captain Nasciento is promoted to the Intelligence Agency and uses his BOPE units to clear the drug trade out of the city, unwittingly allowing the corrupt… More
Michael S
Whereas it's predecessor was an unflinching street-level document of the elite "Special Police Operations Squad" of Rio de Janeiro, and the… More
Lorenzo von Matterhorn
<i>"They fatten up the pig, now we gonna roast it."</i> After a prison riot, Captain Nascimiento, now a high ranking security officer in… More
Al S
It`s The Wire meets The Departed. A masterpiece. An unforgettable and breathtaking action film, they dont get better than this. It`s a pure slam-bang knockout… More
Stuart Brooks
It's not often a sequel is better than the first film, even less so when the first movie was as good as Tropa De Elite was. Yet this movie beats it in… More