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In 1997, before the visit of the pope to Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento from BOPE (Special Police Operation Battalion) is assigned to eliminate the risks of the drug dealers in a dangerous slum nearby where the pope intends to be lodged. Captain Nascimento is trying to find a man to replace him because his wife is pregnant and he intends to quit the command and become a trainer of the new recruits. Meanwhile, the two idealistic friends Neto and Matias join the Military Police force expecting to become honest policemen and fight the criminals. However, they see only corruption, lack of competence and stupid bureaucracy in the Military Police, and after a serious incident in the Morro da Babilônia, they decide to join the BOPE. The lives of Capitain Nascimento, Neto and Matias are entwined along the next months, first in the tough training period and then in action against drug dealers. Nascimento believes that Neto could be his substitute, but his impulsive attitudes jeopardizes ... Written by
Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
The character of André Matias was based on screenwriter André Batista, and the character of Nascimento was based on screenwriter Rodrigo Pimentel, both of them former members of the BOPE squad. See more »
[shouting, rubbing the student's face in the blood-soaked body of a dead drug dealer]
Put your face here. Put your face here. You see this, you see this hole right here? Who killed this guy here? WHO KILLED THIS GUY HERE?
[stuttering in fear]
I didn't see it...
You didn't see OF COURSE YOU SAW IT. SAY IT! SAY IT!
[he starts slapping the student in the face]
SAY IT! Who killed this guy here? WHO DID IT?
I-it was one of you...
THE FUCK "One of you"! THE FUCK "One of you"!
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A movie depicting the harsh reality and politics of Rio de Janeiro
Elite Squad has in my opinion surpassed the genius of Cidade de Deus. The movie is shot like a documentary, many times in fact I felt like I was intrigued and interested on how and what the police does to get around the city.
It is basically about the two main characters working their way up the police academy in Rio until they reach the BOPE unit. The training is shown to be very harsh, sometimes even dehumanizing. The movie depicts life of police men in the city and what they do to overcome the unfortunate bureaucracies. I will try hold myself to not say anymore because I do not want to spoil it for you.
This movie is violent. It is not unnecessary violence, because its depictions are said to be accurate. (Rio politicians have spoken about its veracity).
Even the production of this masterpiece was bounded by violence. While in production, part of the crew was kidnapped. An unedited version of Elite Squad together with dozens of fake weapons were stolen as well.
You will be amazed through out the whole film, thats a promise.
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