Elite Squad (2007)

“Trainee, you’re gonna do this report again. Look at this: “Body was found at the beach”. Deaths at the beach, my son, are tallied as “drownings”.” – Coronel Otávio

“But Commandant, the body had a bullet perforation.” – André Matias

[shouting] And are you a coroner now?” – Coronel Otávio

Number of Times Seen – 1 (13 Sep 2020)

Brief Synopsis – A police Captain in the Brazilian special police must try and find a way to stop corruption in the force while also searching for his own replacement.

My Take on it – As most of you already know, I’m not the biggest fan of foreign language films and I do my best to avoid them whenever possible.

This film is one that I had heard some great things about and finally got around to seeing what it was all about.

This is a great thriller that is played out really well and works on numerous levels.

The story itself is told in a non-linear way which helps enhance the thrills and suspense as things unfold.

They stay as far away from sugarcoating events here and allow us to see how rampant police corruption can be in Brazil.

The fact that some of the money is used to try and enhance the police services is an attempt to try and find ways to justify everything that they do which shows how complex these kind of situations can truly be.

The lives of these police officers are not trivial in any way and we get to see the way that this job complicates their lives.

The fine line between order and corruption is explored really well here and allows us to see how easily these lines can be crossed back and forth.

The twists and turns in this film work really well is=n making things even more thrilling and suspenseful to watch unfold because it is all so intriguing to watch.

Bottom Line – Great thriller that works on so many levels. The story itself unfolds in a non-linear way which helps keep things so thrilling and shocking as the story plays out.  They never sugarcoat the way that the corruption in the police force is rampart and try and show in some instances that it is justified due to the way that they try and use the money for good purposes. The story shows the complex lives that policemen must live in Brazil and how the fine line between order and corruption can be so easily crossed. The story has some great twists and turns along the way that help make things more intriguing to watch unfold. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – The movie was originally meant to have Capitão Nascimento as a secondary character and Neto and Matias as the main characters. It was only after shooting was finished that director José Padilha and writer Bráulio Mantovani realized how impressed they were with Wagner Moura’s charisma on screen and decided to edit the film with his voice over, changing the focus of the story and turning Capitão Nascimento into a main character. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (8/10)


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