Pokes and prods the viewer to watch the brutal, indiscriminate methods of Rio's SWAT-like cops and then demands only one conclusion: That cops in Rio's drug-infested slums must do what they do and if that means rampant point-blank executions, so be it.
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The captain narrates in a punchy, journalistic style that gives Elite Squad an air of sociological realism--it bears a resemblance to viscerally exciting seventies urban thrillers like "The French Connection."
A relentlessly ugly, unpleasant, often incoherent assault on the senses from Brazil.
Poorly structured and at times incoherent.
It boggles the mind to think that Elite Squad won the top prize at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival in February.