Rent The Elite Squad (2007)

3.7 of 5 from 164 ratings
1h 44min
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Synopsis:
It is 1997 and hundreds of thousands live in Rio’s notorious favelas. Drug trafficking militias have complete control within the slums while the police run their criminal enterprises outside. The elite Bope force fights to combat drug trafficking, but kiiping order has its price and their actions blur the line between right and wrong, justice and revenge. Two of the force's newest recruits, Neto (Caio Junqueira) and Matias (Andr Ramiro), 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.
Actors:
, , , , Fernanda Machado, , Paulo Vilela, , André Felipe, , , Patrick Santos, Rafael d'Avila, , , , Allan Guilherme, , ,
Directors:
Writers:
André Batista, John Kaylin
Aka:
Tropa de Elite
Studio:
Optimum
Genres:
Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
Countries:
Brazil, Action & Adventure, Drama, Thrillers
Awards:

2008 Berlinale Golden Bear

BBFC:
Release Date:
26/01/2009
Run Time:
110 minutes
Languages:
Portuguese
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.85:1
Colour:
Colour
Bonus:
  • Interview with director Jose Padilha
  • Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
26/01/2009
Run Time:
104 minutes
Bonus:
  • Interview with director Jose Padilha
  • Trailer

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Reviews (2) of The Elite Squad

There's only a certain amount of violence and corruption you can watch before the message gets lost - The Elite Squad review by RP

Spoiler Alert
17/12/2013

It's a Brazilian police action thriller, told in a semi-documentary style, about fighting violent drug gangs with violent police tactics.

It's won shed loads of award in S America and has been a huge commercial success - but to these Brit eyes it goes over the top. There's definitely no subtlety here!

Apparently, the regular cops are so corrupt that a special 'elite' force (BOPE) has been set up. Heavily armed, highly trained, ultra tough, heavily indoctrinated to put incorruptibility, their comrades, their creed above all else - their job is to shoot drug dealers.

Set in the period before the Pope's 1997 visit, the task in hand is to clear out drug dealing gangs from a favela in Rio so the Pope can visit in safety. Woven in with this is the story of a burned out BOPE major, Nascimento, who wants to retire. New police recruits Neto and Matias experience the corruption of the regular police and volunteer for BOPE where they undergo brutal training. Nascimento first selects Neto as squad leader and his successor, but he is killed. Nascimento then selects Matias, who doesn't fail him… Clear as mud?

This is a brutal film where the drug dealers and the Elite Squad are heavily armed and carry out their task using violence and torture. Frankly, if this is a realistic view of everyday life in Rio I don't fancy a trip there - but if violent cop stories are your thing, give it a watch. 3/5 stars - it's not bad, but you can only watch a certain amount of violence and corruption before the message gets lost… Not for the squeamish.

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