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Elite Squad 2

Director José Padilha's blockbuster sequel is making its way to the states after becoming the highest grossing film of all time in Brazil. More than a decade after waging urban war on the favelas of Rio de Janeiro, Captain Nascimento (Wagner Moura) remains the controversial head of BOPE, the special-forces military police. Government officials hope to weaken the rash, but publically adored, officer by taking him off the streets and giving him a desk job in the State Department. Never one to fall in line, a maturing Nascimento must adapt his old tactics to a new position and a new enemy. I caught the film at LAFF this week and I really liked it. It's a political drama disguised as an action film and it works incredibly well. Moura's fantastic performance gives the film an emotional core that keeps you completely invested. It also works as a stand alone film so you don't have to see the first one to enjoy it. New Video has acquired the rights (retitled Elite Squad The Enemy Within) and it's scheduled to be released in October.