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Old 09-16-08, 01:15 AM
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Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

This highly controversial 2007 film is finally getting a limited US release this month.
ELITE SQUAD is an intense and astonishing look at Rio de Janeiro's notorious favelas, the volatile slums on the edge of the city, presenting an intimate look at the city's vast and intricate web of corruption. The elite BOPE force (State Police Special Operations Battalion) combats drug trafficking, keeping order has its price though and their actions make it difficult to distinguish right from wrong and justice from revenge. BOPE Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) is facing a crisis: in addition to the pressures of fighting within war zones, the Captain must find and train his own replacement so he can escape the day to day violence and be close to his wife who is about to give birth to their first child. Two of the force's newest recruits, are childhood friends: one is quick on the trigger to maintain order and the other refuses to compromise his ideals. Together they are the perfect replacement. Alone they may not have what it takes to survive.
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I thought it was okay. I think it tried too be too much like COG but from the cops POV. I thought the doc. on the COG DVD did a much better job of telling their side of the story.
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Re: Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

Just watched this on DVD.. I loved it.

Nascimento was excellent.
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I just saw this yesterday and I was blown away. You'd never get a movie like this in the US. Everyone in this movie is an asshole or a hypocrite, yet you feel for all of them because their realities are honestly presented. It really makes you question who you'd side with in such a clusterfuck of a situation.
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Re: Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

Never caught the first one, but I just saw the sequel----really fantastic movie:

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Re: Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

I also have not seen the first, but watched the sequel. Loved it. If only the first was streaming...
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Re: Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

I liked the first one better. Way more tension IMHO. The second is also very good though.
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Re: Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

The sequel is on Netflix... I'm interested but do you need to watch the first film to really understand the storyline/characters, or does it work as a standalone? Also: how's the Garbage Plate at Nick Tahou's?
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Re: Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

^ it's a standalone story.
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Re: Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

The sequel can stand alone, but it is MUCH, MUCH better (and there is much more emotional context, especially between Nascimento and Mathias and Nascimento and his wife) if you see the original first. There is an inexpensive Hong Kong blu-ray option (region free, decent quality) out there, I got it from DDDHouse for around 10 bucks with shipping.
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Re: Elite Squad (Padilha, 2007)

Originally Posted by Hokeyboy View Post
The sequel is on Netflix... I'm interested but do you need to watch the first film to really understand the storyline/characters, or does it work as a standalone?
Originally Posted by van der graaf View Post
The sequel can stand alone, but it is MUCH, MUCH better (and there is much more emotional context, especially between Nascimento and Mathias and Nascimento and his wife) if you see the original first. There is an inexpensive Hong Kong blu-ray option (region free, decent quality) out there, I got it from DDDHouse for around 10 bucks with shipping.
Agree with this.

Originally Posted by Hokeyboy View Post
how's the Garbage Plate at Nick Tahou's?
Sorry I can't help with that.

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