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Elite Squad

2008-09-22 08:57
What it's about

Two childhood friends decide to enlist in Rio de Janeiro's Military Police Department. After juggling their police jobs and college, both make up their minds to try out for a Special Operations Squad whose mission is to take down the drug-lords that plague the city.

Both men struggle to survive, facing the daily challenges of dealing with pressure at home and fighting an unnamed war on the streets. What the critics said

"Here is the biggest, fattest, dampest squib of the week: perhaps the most disappointing film ever to have won the Golden Bear at the Berlin film festival."
Peter Bradshaw - [The Guardian]

"Nascimento’s penchant for Rambo theatrics is unfortunate, because elsewhere Elite Squad has interesting things to say."
Kevin Maher - [Times]

"Despite the voiceover, Padilha has created a shocking insight into a world in which corrupt cops slug it out against drug dealers but, ultimately, nobody wins."
Rosamund Witcher - [Empire Magazine]

"It's just a pity the story is so slipshod - it only really gets going halfway through."
Tim Robey - [Daily Telegraph]

"An instruction manual of sorts that doesn't illuminate police corruption and violence so much as it revels in it."
Ed Gonzalez - [Slant Magazine]

Inspired by true events. Two childhood friends decide to enlist in Rio de Janeiro's Military Police Department.

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