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Elite Squad: The Enemy Within(Tropa de Elite 2)

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Brazil

2010

Rated R • 1h 55m

Director José Padilha

Starring Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, Pedro Van-Held

Genre Action, Crime, Drama

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After invading a penitentiary in Rio de Janeiro to control its prisoners, the lieutenant and his second in command are accused of executing them by a Human Right Aids member, which sweeps the two into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

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Village Voice by

Will test the ideological mettle of law-and-order conservatives and lefty peaceniks alike.
75

IndieWire by Eric Kohn

Padilha channeled national frustrations into zeitgeist entertainment. The follow-up, Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, has less success than the first installment in achieving that aim, but still keeps the snazzy combination of spectacle and polemics in check.
91

Entertainment Weekly by Lisa Schwarzbaum

The pace is quick, the violence is rough, and the visual style is documentary as Padilha hammers home his point: Someone is forever in the pocket of someone else as The System constantly adapts to protect itself.
80

Variety by Robert Koehler

When this "Enemy Within" settles into key action sequences, such as a stunning nighttime ambush or a daytime battle against Fabio, it becomes wildly entertaining.
70

The New York Times by Stephen Holden

The carnage, although explicit and frequent, is not grotesquely overdone. But except for Mr. Moura's Nascimento, the movie doesn't have the same richness of characters. Psychologically he is the whole show; the rest are stereotypes.

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