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  • Summary: Inspired by true events. 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.Inspired by true events. 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. (The Weinstein Company) Expand
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  1. Positive: 2 out of 7
  2. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. The captain narrates in a punchy, journalistic style that gives Elite Squad an air of sociological realism--it bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like "The French Connection."
  2. Reviewed by: Jim Ridley
    70
    This latest pounding slice-of-thug-life thriller from Brazil packs the same cinematic firepower as "City of God," only on the other side of the law.
  3. Reviewed by: Jay Weissberg
    40
    A one-note celebration of violence-for-good that plays like a recruitment film for fascist thugs.
  4. Poorly structured and at times incoherent.
  5. 25
    It boggles the mind to think that Elite Squad won the top prize at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival in February.
  6. Reviewed by: Robert Koehler
    25
    Pokes and prods the viewer to watch the brutal, indiscriminate methods of Rio's SWAT-like cops and then demands only one conclusion: That cops in Rio's drug-infested slums must do what they do and if that means rampant point-blank executions, so be it.
  7. A relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 29 out of 31
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 31
  3. Negative: 2 out of 31
  1. JulianB
    Feb 17, 2008
    10
    The young middle class of Rio who are the target market of the narco-terrorists DO finance the violence! I live 200 metres from BOPE The young middle class of Rio who are the target market of the narco-terrorists DO finance the violence! I live 200 metres from BOPE headquarters and I think God every day that they are there to protect me and my community from the sub-humans of the Comando Vermelho. Expand
  2. Hoffs
    Feb 5, 2008
    10
    Despite its plot not being very original, it's a movie that teaches people what really happens in Rio de Janeiro. Showing what cops must Despite its plot not being very original, it's a movie that teaches people what really happens in Rio de Janeiro. Showing what cops must give up, given a horrible salary to make sure the city isn't overtaken by the drug lords. It's a movie everyone should see, not only because of its artistic value, but also for the moral values that are lacking in today's society, where kids who do drugs don't think about the consequences of where do their money go to. Expand
  3. CarlosB
    Oct 12, 2008
    10
    The movie is based on the book "Elte of the Squad" (own translation), which was written by former police officers from the "BOPE" unit, in The movie is based on the book "Elte of the Squad" (own translation), which was written by former police officers from the "BOPE" unit, in Rio. It is an espectacular thriller with both extraordinary history and action (the action scenes done by the same guy of "BlackHawk Down") - the relation between the caracters resembles "Training Day", but the movie is mainly a portrait of real life in Brazil's Rio de Janeiro. It does not reflect any opinion about violence, but describes the enviroment by the point of view of one the characters, cap. Nascimento. The movie leaves to the audience to analyse and make his own conclusions. To call it "fascist propaganda" is an absurd, paranoid mistake. It's just ignorance. Expand
  4. Leonardo
    Aug 1, 2008
    10
    What is the problem with you american critics and people? The BOPE isn't like SWAT, its like a cleaner for a failed hitman, usually sent What is the problem with you american critics and people? The BOPE isn't like SWAT, its like a cleaner for a failed hitman, usually sent for missions that the crap normal cops can't do. Second, the torture depicted in the movie is pratically the same of you damn shows like 24 hours, and the same thing happens in Iraq. Stop being so damn foolish, the smugglers aren't terrorists nor drug lords, and your country got a lot of social problems too. And if a SWAT team entered in a shootout with guys from BOPE, the SWAT team would be completely exterminated. And by the way, shut the f*&% up when you say that there is no attempt to catch and judje the criminals on Rio de Janeiro. About the movie, it's freaking GREAT. Expand
  5. MajY
    May 16, 2009
    10
    Awesome. The best portuguese language movie ever.
  6. Jan 18, 2011
    10
    This movie is awesome. I can't believe it has such a low Metascore. This just doesn't make sense. Do yourself a favor, don't believe theThis movie is awesome. I can't believe it has such a low Metascore. This just doesn't make sense. Do yourself a favor, don't believe the critics, and go watch it for yourself! Expand
  7. JasonC
    Feb 12, 2008
    2
    Horrible Film! Basicly there is no plot, but just free violence which seens to be defended by the director as a means to cope with the drug Horrible Film! Basicly there is no plot, but just free violence which seens to be defended by the director as a means to cope with the drug trade in Rio de Janeiro's poorest regions. The film brings us an unilateral view of violence and attempts to make the middle class responsible for it. Expand

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