Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (image 1)

A nail-biting standalone thriller... just as relentlessly paced as its predecessor and dramatically even richer.

Clare Stewart, Sydney Film Festival

Screened as part of NZIFF 2011

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within 2010

Tropa de elite 2: O inimigo agora é outro

Directed by José Padilha

The all-time biggest hit at the Brazilian box office, José Padilha’s blazing thriller is even more riveting than the original, and more incisive in exposing the twisted alliances of power, police and crime at work in Rio.

Brazil In Portuguese with English subtitles
116 minutes

Director

Producers

José Padilha
,
Marcos Prado

Screenplay

José Padilha
,
Bráulio Mantovani
,
Rodrigo Pimentel

Photography

Lula Carvalho

Editor

Daniel Rezende

Art director

Tiago Marques Teixeira

Costume designer

Claudia Kopke

Sound

Leandro Lima

Music

Pedro Bromfman

With

Wagner Moura (Nascimento)
,
Irandhir Santos (Fraga)
,
André Ramiro (Mathias)
,
Pedro Van Held (Rafael)
,
Maria Ribeiro (Rosane)
,
Sandro Rocha (Russo)
,
Milhem Cortaz (Fábio)
,
Tainá Müller (Clara)
,
Seu Jorge (Beirada)
,
André Mattos (Fortunato)

Festivals

Sundance, Berlin, Sydney 2011

Elsewhere

“Unlike many sequels, it is completely self-contained, so if you don’t remember a thing about the first movie, that won’t interfere with your enjoyment of this one. From the brilliantly staged opening sequence – a prison riot that turns into a bloodbath – the energy never lets up. The main character, Nascimento (Wagner Moura), the leader of Rio de Janeiro’s special military police unit, mismanages the prison riot, so he is removed from his job but eventually kicked upstairs to a government intelligence post. There he uncovers a web of corruption that spreads from the police department to the highest levels of government. Although the film is billed as fiction, it draws on real scandals in Brazil, which may explain why it has connected so powerfully with audiences at home… While Nascimento can kick butt with the sangfroid of Dirty Harry, the actor also conveys genuine anguish when surveying the tragic consequences of the violence ravaging Rio… Nascimento’s relationship with his teenage son adds unexpected tenderness.” — Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

“Beautifully documented by Brazil’s young, but revered, cinematographer Lula Carvalho and complemented by an equally strong soundtrack… An exhilarating and at times tear-jerking ride through the city’s prisons, slums, hospitals and parliament that cuts dangerously close to the bone.” — Tom Phillips, Screendaily