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Elite Squad (2008)

Elite Squad

Overview


Genre

Action, Drama

Release Date

September 19, 2008 (Limited)

MPAA Rating

R

Duration

115 min.

Production Budget

$4 millions

Studio

IFC Films

Official Site

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REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  3 of 5 [Rate It]

Cast and Crew


Director

Jose Padilha

Producer

Jose Padilha, Marcos Prado

Screenwriter

Braulio Mantovani, Jose Padilha, Rodrigo Pimentel

Starring

  • Wagner Moura
  • Caio Junqueira
  • Andre Ramiro
  • Milhem Cortaz
  • Luiz Gonzaga de Almeida
  • Fernanda de Freitas
  • Bruno Delia
  • Thelmo Fernandes
  • Emerson Gomes

Story


"Elite Squad" is an intense and astonishing look at Rio de Janeiro's notorious favelas, the volatile slums on the edge of the city, presenting an intimate look at the city's vast and intricate web of corruption. The elite BOPE force (State Police Special Operations Battalion) combats drug trafficking, keeping order has its price though and their actions make it difficult to distinguish right from wrong and justice from revenge. BOPE Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) is facing a crisis: in addition to the pressures of fighting within war zones, the Captain must find and train his own replacement so he can escape the day to day violence and be close to his wife who is about to give birth to their first child. Two of the force's newest recruits, are childhood friends: one is quick on the trigger to maintain order and the other refuses to compromise his ideals. Together they are the perfect replacement. Alone they may not have what it takes to survive.

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Wagner Moura in IFC Films' Elite Squad (2008)
Milhem Cortaz and Wagner Moura in IFC Films' Elite Squad (2008)

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REVIEWS BY CRITICS

“..most-discussed Brazilian film since City of God (Cidade de Deus)..”
by Marcelo Janot [Fipresci]
“..thoughtful, insightful and frequently darkly funny..”
by [Beyond Hollywood]
“..biggest box office hit of last year in Brazil..”
by Richard Mowe [Boxoffice Magazine]