10 items from 2011
Title: Elite Squad 2 Variance Films Grade: B- Directed By: José Padilla Written By: José Padilla Cast: Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, Seu Jorge Screened at: Review 1, NYC, 11/1/11 Opens: November 11, 2011 Sidney Lumet’s “Serpico” was the most exciting American police drama to come out of the 1970s. The title character is a cop who, unlike all of his colleagues, refuses a share of the drug money that the coups routinely extort from local criminals. Nobody wants to work with Serpico. His problem escalates when he testifies at a Grand Jury hearing about the corruption. The police lead him into a trap: he’s shot in »
- Brian Corder
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is directed by José Padilha and stars Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Maria Ribero, and Seu Jorge. Story: The sprawling favelas that surround Rio de Janeiro are some of the most dangerous places in the world… and it’s Captain Nascimento’s job to take down the gangs that run them. Although his methods are violent, he’s very good at his job. When he’s promoted to a powerful government position, he thinks he’ll finally be able to finish the job- but instead finds out that he’s only made things easier for the dirty cops and corrupt politicians that are truly running the show. From the director of Bus 174 and the Oscar-nominated writer of City Of God, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within will not only thrill you in the theater, but have you thinking after you leave. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within »
- Terry Boyden
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Trailer. José Padilha‘s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010) movie trailer stars Wagner Moura, Seu Jorge, Tainá Müller, Irandhir Santos, and André Ramiro. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within‘s plot synopsis: “The sprawling favelas that surround Rio de Janeiro are some of the most dangerous places in the world… and it’s Captain Nascimento’s job to take down the gangs that run them. Although his methods are violent, he’s very good at his job. When he’s promoted to a powerful government position, he thinks he’ll finally be able to finish the job- but instead finds out that he’s only made things easier for the dirty cops and corrupt politicians that are truly running the show.
Nascimento faces a new enemy: the militias. To hit upon the system that dominates the Rio de Janeiro, he discovers that the problem is much bigger than he thought. »
The domestic trailer for Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is now online. The movie premiered in Brazil last October and became the nation's highest-grossing film of all time. Director José Padilha has been touring the festival circuit with the Elite Squad sequel throughout the year to a positive reception (check out our Fantastic Fest review here), which led him to a plum gig directing the Robocop remake. And as of this writing, The Enemy Within is rated #242 on the IMDb Top 250. With those expectations set before it, Elite Squad 2 will finally get a theatrical release in the U.S. on November 11. Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Maria Ribero, and Seu Jorge star in the thriller about a police captain who takes on the gangs of Rio de Janeiro and corrupt politicians: "Although his methods are violent, he's very good at his job." Watch the spastic (yet well-cut) trailer after the jump. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Variance Films has released the first trailer for the upcoming action sequel Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, which hits theaters on November 11. Click on the video player below for your first look at director José Padilha's follow-up to the 2008 thriller Elite Squad. The first poster for Elite Squad: The Enemy Within has also been released, which you can view below the trailer.
Click to watch Elite Squad: The Enemy Within Trailer!
Elite Squad: The Enemy Within comes to theaters November 11th, 2011 and stars Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, Maria Ribeiro, Seu Jorge, Sandro Rocha, Tainá Müller. The film is directed by José Padilha. »
New Video's Flatiron Film Company and Variance Films announced today that they have partnered for the theatrical release of José Padilha's record-breaking Brazilian crime thriller, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (a.k.a. Tropa de Elite 2 - O Inimigo Agora É Outro). The film will open in New York City on November 11th, 2011 at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square, and at Laemmle's Sunset 5 in Los Angeles on November 18th, 2011. A platform expansion to top markets across the country will immediately follow.
"Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is the rare film that truly has it all," said Dylan Marchetti, Founder of Variance Films. "There's a tense, well-acted story that's so intelligently written it makes you start to question your own politics, and then, without warning, these impossibly kinetic action scenes explode across the screen, all set to the real-life backdrop of Rio's favelas. When you add in that »
Like X-Men: First Class, this expensive but empty effects vehicle is a lot of story-so-far bluster, never quite deciding whether it's leading up to the events of the 1968 original or the dire 2001 "reimagining". It's better than the latter, but sadly the story is as pasty as Franco's performance, playing a boffin who develops an antidote to Alzheimer's that works brilliantly on apes but has dire consequences for humanity. The effects are memorable; not much else is.
Project Nim (12A)
(James Marsh, 2011, UK) 99 mins
From the director of Man On Wire, this sad, disturbing documentary about an ineptly-run 70s science experiment to raise a chimpanzee as a human being works much better as a dystopian sci-fi fable than the big-budget Rise …
The Devil's Double (18)
- Damon Wise
Calling all discerning cinema goers! We’ve got 5 pairs of tickets to a very exclusive London preview of Brazil’s greatest filmic export, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, next Thursday 11th August – the day before release.
Celebrated as ‘Breathless, brutal and thrilling, it’s a gut punch of an action movie’ by Empire, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is the sequal to the 2008 film, which depicted a graphic account of the corruption and brutality experienced by South America’s poorest communities. The movie comes from our friends at Revolver and is helmed by José Padilha with a cast including Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, Maria Ribeiro and Seu Jorge.
Wagner Moura is Captain Nascimento, commander-in-chief of Rio de Janeiro’s Bope (Special Police Operations Battalion), later promoted to sub-Secretary of Security for the State.
After a disastrous operation on a prison riot, Nascimento gets caught »
I’ve not heard of this movie before but with all the official selections and different mentions that appear on the trailer, it looks like it may be worth a watch. It comes from Revolver and is called Elite Squad: The Enemy Within and is helmed by José Padilha and stars Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Milhem Cortaz, Maria Ribeiro and Seu Jorge.
Wagner Moura is Captain Nascimento, commander-in-chief of Rio de Janeiro’s Bope (Special Police Operations Battalion), later promoted to sub-Secretary of Security for the State. After a disastrous operation on a prison riot, Nascimento gets caught in a bloody political dispute that involves not only government officials, but also deadly paramilitary groups known as the militias. Nascimento quickly emerges as victim of his own success – in tackling Rio’s drug gangs, he creates a vacuum filled by protection rackets supported by corrupt police.
Dismantling the »
- David Sztypuljak
Though it slipped past us somehow the 2011 Berlin Film Festival released the first block of titles from their Panorama section yesterday and there are some very familiar names in there, among them Ryoo Seung-Wan's The Unjust, Jorge Padilha's Elite Squad 2, Angelique Bosio's The Advocate For Fagdom and Hugo Olsson's The Black Power Mixtape - all of which have received coverage here in the pages of Twitch. You want the complete list? Here it is:
Panorama Main Programme + Panorama Special Bu-dang-geo-rae (The Unjust) by Seung-wan Ryoo, Republic of Koreawith Jung-min Hwang, Seung-bum Ryoo, Hae-jin Yoo Chang-Pi-Hae (Ashamed) by Soo-hyun Kim, Republic of Koreawith Hyo-jin Kim, Kkobbi Kim Dance Town by Kyu-hwan Jeon, Republic of Koreawith Mir-an Ra, Seong-tae Oh The Devil's Double by Lee Tamahori, Belgiumwith Dominic Cooper, Ludivine Sagnier Dirty Girl by Abe Sylvia, USAwith Juno Temple, Milla Jovovich, William H. Macy, Dwight Yoakam, Mary Steenburgen, Jeremy Dozier »
10 items from 2011
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