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2 October 2008 3:00 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Paramount Picures has signed a co-production deal with Brazil's Zazen Prods. for two films, "Paraisos Artifciais" and "Nunca Antes na Historia deste Pais," to be shot in 2009 and 2010, respectively.
The films will be directed by Zazen partners Jose Padhila and Marcos Prado.
Paramount Pictures Brazil and Paramount Home Entertainment Brazil will manage the deal, which was announced Thursday at the Rio Film Festival. »
- By Hy Hollinger
- #20. Elite SquadDirector/Writer: José Padilha and written by Padilha, Bráulio Mantovani and Rodrigo Pimentel Producers: Padilha and Marcos Prado (Bus 174).Distributor: IFC First Take The Gist: Based on the book by André Batista, Rodrigo Pimentel and Luiz Eduardo Soares, the movie, set in 1997, depicts the story of Captain Nascimento, a Bope captain, who with the imminent birth of his first child, is determined to leave the battalion and find a safer position for the sake of his family, but first he must find a suitable replacement for him. At the same time, the movie focuses on two childhood friends, Matias and Neto, who become cadets in the military police, but become dismayed at the corruption surrounding them. Eventually, both Nascimento and the cadets' paths intersect, when the captain hopes that one of the two may become the substitute he is eager to find, as both decide to join the Bope. »
12 February 2008 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
BERLIN -- In Jose Padilha's crude and violent film The Elite Squad, the pope is visiting Rio de Janeiro and he needs a good night's sleep, so the local police commander sends his crack troops into the closest slum to kill everybody.
Well, not everybody, but all the drug-dealing scum his specially trained officers can find and by any means possible, preferably a high-powered rifle. It means there will be blood and lots of it, all captured by a dizzying hand-held camera racing through some of the worst cases of urban blight on the planet.
Poorly structured and at times incoherent, what boxoffice appeal the film has will rely on its sheer pace and the amount of torture and killing that goes on, so it should do fine.
The basic assumption of the script by Padilha, Rodrigo Pimentel and Braulio Mantovaniis that everyone in Rio is corrupt, especially the authorities. Policemen accept bribes for whatever pays the most: do their jobs or turn a blind eye. They even steal the engines from their own squad cars, sell them and put a piece of junk under the hood instead.
Capt. Nascimento (Wagner Moura) is a cop with integrity, but it's driving him crazy as he risks his life daily battling bad guys in and out of uniform. Plus he has a pregnant wife at home who wishes he would quit.
He's trying hard to accommodate her wish, but he needs to find a replacement to take over command of the elite squad. Since everyone else has been compromised he settles on two rookies who have been best friends since childhood, the brave but hair-triggered Neto (Caio Junqueira) and the cautious but shrewd Matias (Andre Ramiro).
For some reason their work involves getting second jobs so that Neto works at the police auto shop while Matias goes to law school. Neto's commitment leads him to devise a way of intercepting payoffs drug dealers make to the local commander and using the money to supply the squad cars with desperately needed new parts.
Matias hides the fact that he's a cop from the other students, including pretty Maria Fernanda Machado) and takes no action when they fire up joints.
Both situations lead to dangerous complications, though the story is told in a confusing mix of time-shifting flashbacks, and at the end there's still no sign of the pope.
Before they can join the elite squad, however, Neto and Matias have to make it through an odd sort of training camp that involves ritual humiliation. Then, they're handed high-powered rifles and sent into the slums to kill everybody.
Well, not everybody.
THE ELITE SQUAD
The Weinstein Co.
Director: Jose Padilha
Screenwriters: Jose Padilha, Rodrigo Pimentel, Braulio Mantovani
Producers: Marcos Prado, Jose Padilha
Director of photography: Lula Carvalho
Production designer: Tule Peake
Music: Pedro Bromfman
Co-producers: Eliana Soarez, James D'Arcy
Costume designer: Claudia Kopke
Editor: Daniel Rezende
Capt. Nascimento: Wagner Moura
Matias: Andre Ramiro
Neto: Caio Junqueira
Capt. Fabio: Milhem Cortaz
Maria: Fernanda Machado
Rosane: Maria Ribeiro
Edu: Paulo Vilela
Roberta: Fernanda de Freitas
Rodrigues: Andre Mauro
Baino: Fabio Lago
Running time -- 118 minutes
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3 items from 2008
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