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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

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  • Sat 3 Sep ’11, 8:30pm


Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North


All Ages

The all-time biggest hit at the Brazilian box office, José Padilha’s blazing Elite Squad sequel is even more riveting than the original (NZIFF08), and much more incisive and damning in its exposure of twisted alliances of power, police and crime at work in Rio.

“Unlike many sequels, it is completely self-contained, so if you don’t remember a thing about the first movie, that won’t interfere with your enjoyment of this one. From the brilliantly staged opening sequence – a prison riot that turns into a bloodbath – the energy never lets up. The main character, Nascimento (Wagner Moura), the leader of Rio de Janeiro’s special military police unit, mismanages the prison riot, so he is removed from his job but eventually kicked upstairs to a government intelligence post. There he uncovers a web of corruption that spreads from the police department to the highest levels of government. Although the film is billed as fiction, it draws on real scandals in Brazil, which may explain why it has connected so powerfully with audiences at home… While Nascimento can kick butt with the sangfroid of Dirty Harry, the actor also conveys genuine anguish when surveying the tragic consequences of the violence ravaging Rio… Nascimento’s relationship with his teenage son adds unexpected tenderness.” — Stephen Farber, Hollywood Reporter

“Beautifully documented by Brazil’s young, but revered, cinematographer Lula Carvalho and complemented by an equally strong soundtrack… An exhilarating and at times tear-jerking ride through the city’s prisons, slums, hospitals and parliament that cuts dangerously close to the bone.” — Tom Phillips, Screendaily

Visit the New Zealand International Film Festival website for a complete listing of the films in the Palmerston North festival. August 18-September 4 at Downtown Cinemas.

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