|José Padilha Director||previously directed Bus 174|
The film follows Captain Nascimento of the BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Especiais) of the Rio De Janeiro police force. He attempts to find a suitable replacement after he decides to leave due to the birth of his son and the constant danger his job puts him in.
This film was already a best-seller almost three months before its official release. Illegal copies of what the director called the "3rd cut" flooded the streets of all major capitals in Brazil, for the equivalent of five dollars a piece. Criminal investigation revealed that the original DVD was robbed in the Company Drei Marc, which does the subtitles. According to estimates at least three million people watched the bootleg version, which is six hundred thousand more than it managed during its theatrical run. However, it was the most seen Brazilian film that year in Brazilian theaters.1 More Trivia
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Mr. 02, you'll never make it through this course, you know why? It's not because you are fucking weak and have no fiber. It's because you're a crooked cop, Mr. 02, and to wear this badge, you gotta have character. You don't belong here, Mr. 02, you belong with the hookers and the pimps, Mr. 02. You belong with the abortion clinics. Crooked cops don't join BOPE, Mr. 02.
|Wagner Moura||Captain Nascimento|
|André Ramiro||Andre Matias|
|Milhem Cortaz||Captain Fabio|
|Fernanda de Freitas||Roberta|
Captain Nascimento wants out of BOPE (Batalhão de Operações Especias or Special Operations Batallion), he has a son on the way and his job keeps getting worse. The pope is coming to Brazil and is making his residence on top of a dangerous favela, everything is just piling on top of him. He needs a replacement and he needs one fast.
In comes Matias and Neto, two aspiring officers who want to do good things in the police force, unfortunately the system is against them and the corruption is everywhere. Nothing gets done and crime prospers. They decide to take matters into their own hands and end up in a tricky situation. Captain Nascimento rescues them and thus begins their induction into BOPE.
Elite Squad is a work of fiction based on the novel "A Tropa de Elite" from the authors Rodrigo Pimentel and André Batista both former BOPE Captains. The book tells stories about the day to day of the unit and its hardships. From the production team that Padilha got together, you can find two people that were nominated for oscars for City of God, another Brazilian blockbuster.
During pre production to ambient himself with his character, Wagner Moura did a course with ex-officers from the elite squad and ended up breaking the nose of one his instructors.
Filming started setember 2006 and ender dezember 2006, and editing began in 2007. During the filming the crew was target of a theft. The thiefs boarded a van that moved a shipment of weapons and took them.
The police soon recovered them.
The movie was targeted by piracy months before its big screen release, all over the country the movie was being sold or distrubuited around the net. Ironicaly a big part of the movies advertising came from this leak and it actualy gained some good word of mouth with it .
The movie quickly became a phenomenon with the main character being called a National Hero and for the movie being as bold as to tell the story from the perspective of the police and not the criminals. Also the violence and candor of the film gripped the audiences.
It is to this day one of the most sucessfull movies that ever came out of the Brazilian movie industry, a sequel has already hit Brazilian theaters on October 8 2010 and had the biggest opening weekend for any Brazilian movie.
|review||One of the best movies to have come out of Brazil. (5 out of 5)||SiNo|