After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human Right Aids member Diogo Fraga of execution of prisoners. Matias is transferred to the corrupted Military Police and Nascimento is exonerated from the BOPE by the Governor.
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Wagner Moura returns as Lt. Colonel Roberto Nascimento in this highly anticipated sequel to 2007’s Elite Squad. That film revolved around Nascimento, an officer in BOPE, Rio De Janiero’s version of a RAMPART division. The original Elite Squad was a fascinating look at the corruption and brutal tactics of the BOPE division in taking on Rio’s overwhelming drug problem. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within continues Nascimento’s story as he has been taken from his active military role and placed in a bureaucratic position. The politicians who put him there are crooked and hoping that at a desk the colonel can be controlled and manipulated. Instead, Nascimento tries to use his new position to cut through all the political red tape and get some actual results. Whereas the first Elite Squad dealt almost solely at the street level of Brazil’s war on drugs, The Enemy Within gives a closer look at the political side of the battle. Nasicmento is unfamiliar in his new position. His new enemies now wear suits and have radio shows and it is impossible to deal with them with fists or guns. He also has to deal with his ex-wife’s new husband, a teacher/ activist who is rallying the city against the brutality of the police. All in all, the rookie politician has his hands full and the intrigue that builds throughout keeps the viewer locked in. I enjoyed the first movie immensely and this sequel is just as good.
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A sequel that is far superior than the first installment. Wagner Moura is back as Nascimento. He's a Lt. Colonel now and following a massacre at prison, he's branded a human rights nightmare. However, due to his popularity with the people of Rio at his approach of dealing with the thugs that plague the city is given a job with the Secretary of Security. Along with BOPE, he implements shock and awe tactics to rid the favelas of the drug dealers. Little does he know, he's opened the back door for crooked government officials and their paramilitary muscle to come in and unleash their brand of corruption to the city. An excellent film. Director José Padilha has put together some pretty worthy films. He is now on tap to do the reboot for Robocop. I wish him the best.