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Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within (2010)

Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora é Outro (original title)
Not Rated | | Action, Crime, Drama | 8 October 2010 (Brazil)
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After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.


José Padilha


Bráulio Mantovani (screenplay), Bráulio Mantovani (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Wagner Moura ... Lt. Colonel Nascimento
Irandhir Santos ... Diogo Fraga
André Ramiro ... Captain André Matias
Milhem Cortaz ... Lieutenant-Colonel Fábio
Maria Ribeiro Maria Ribeiro ... Rosane
Seu Jorge ... Beirada
Sandro Rocha Sandro Rocha ... Major Rocha aka Russo
Tainá Müller ... Clara
André Mattos ... Fortunato
Pedro Van-Held Pedro Van-Held ... Rafael
Adriano Garib Adriano Garib ... Guaracy
Julio Adrião Julio Adrião ... Governador Gelino
Rodrigo Candelot Rodrigo Candelot ... Formoso
Emílio Orciollo Netto Emílio Orciollo Netto ... Valmir
Charles Fricks Charles Fricks ... Vermont


After a bloody invasion of the BOPE in the High-Security Penitentiary Bangu 1 in Rio de Janeiro to control a rebellion of interns, the Lieutenant-Colonel Roberto Nascimento and the second in command Captain André Matias are accused by the Human Right Aids member Diogo Fraga of execution of prisoners. Matias is transferred to the corrupted Military Police and Nascimento is exonerated from the BOPE by the Governor. However, due to the increasing popularity of Nascimento, the Governor invites him to team-up with the intelligence area of the Secretary of Security. Along the years, Fraga, who is married with Nascimento's former wife, is elected State Representative and Nascimento's son Rafael has issues with his biological father. Meanwhile Nascimento and the BOPE expel the drug dealers from several slums but another enemy arises: the militia led by Major Rocha and supported by the Governor, the Secretary of Security and politicians interested in votes. Nascimento is manipulated to help ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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About 11.1 million paying viewers made it the most seen movie in Brazilian cinema history. It also became the highest-grossing film of all time in Brazil, beating Avatar (2009)'s record. See more »


Fortunato: I hate those human rights mantras! "You can't touch the scumbag..." "You can't touch the scumbag..." "Here, have some candy, scumbag..." "Take those flowers, dealer!" What a joke!
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Nothing short of a cultural phenomenon
12 February 2011 | by breno_bacciSee all my reviews

I know I'm not supposed to link to other dynamic content here on IMDb, but I think it's worth pointing fellow users to order reviews by Prolific Authors, then read Cláudio de Carvalho's review to this movie. It is the only one of all reviews here, and I've read them, which has accurate information in a well-written form. There's little to add to what Cláudio already said, but if you're still not convinced, there are some extra stuff going on in and around this movie to incite your curiosity.

First, the context, time and social appraisal this movie has received on the box-office weekend is even more complicated than we once thought. I'd just like to say I'm not a sucker for ratings or box-office earnings, but the fact that it toppled any other movie in Brazilian theaters, national or not, is obviously noteworthy.

One month or so after the movie premiered, the actual BOPE was critical, alongside Brazil's Army and Rio State civil and military police, not to mention the huge political circus involved therein - on what's been infamously called The Invasion of the Complexo do Alemão, a huge gathering of equally enormous favela "clusters".

It was the start of a new era on the fight against corruption, organized crime and political inaction. Or so we're led to believe. It turns out not only the anti-hero Captain Nascimento is next to irrelevant on the fight against the Powers that Be, but so is pretty much everyone else.

Some people - myself included - have speculated that politicians used the upside-down popularity of the movie to go ahead with the invasion in the Alemão. I don't know where Padilha stands on this, but I think I have a quite good idea on where he stands, as far as idolizing the police, BOPE, Nascimento or violent acts of any sort go. But who would have thought? We're THIS stupid. Fortunately, the Invasion was bloodless. Yes, fortunately and extremely weird.

Anythewho... Add to that another unexpected impact of the movie on police crackdown on illegal DVD sales. While the first one notoriously skyrocketed pirate DVD purchases, which contributed to its fast insertion on public culture - the second one was remarkably unseen, or with good quality, in the streets with the camelôs.

Overall, I'd classify this movie as a masterpiece on its own. I took 2 points out of it for being a sequel, but I'm torn and seriously considering changing to 10/10. "City of God" didn't have a sequel, and it's good just like that. In the other hand, if we didn't have this sequel, we wouldn't have such a powerful and strong movie, one that speaks deep - or should - to our innermost misconceptions about poverty and the mind-numbing War on Drugs.

Unfortunately, the Steven Seagal-esque Brazil took a stand and it wasn't the one I like the most. People in power or not have and will keep misconstruing Padiha's work because we're just like that, we love to choose the moron way.

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8 October 2010 (Brazil) See more »

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Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within See more »


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Opening Weekend USA:

$8,648, 13 November 2011

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