Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Movie Review: Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

All is not well in the streets of Rio de Janeiro.  After the BOPE (Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State) violently squelches an inmate uprising at the Bangu 1 penitentiary, lieutenant colonel Roberto Nascimento (Wagner Moura) is promoted to sub-secretary of Intelligence at the public safety department. He has his work cut out for him, as drug cartels have turned the city’s slums into a warzone.  He also has sworn enemy in History teacher and staunch liberal Diogo Fraga (Irandhir Santos), who witnessed the BOPE’s violent methods at Bangu 1 firsthand.  Incensed, Fraga becomes a state representative Hell bent on exposing corruption in city government.  He also marries Nacismento’s ex-wife Rosane (Maria Ribeiro), becoming stepfather to their son.