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José Padilha

Elite Squad 2


After a prison riot, former-Captain Nascimento, now a high ranking security officer in Rio de Janeiro, is swept into a bloody political dispute that involves government officials and paramilitary groups.

  • Director: José Padilha
  • Main Cast: Wagner Moura
  • Soundtrack: Pedro Bromfman
  • Cinematography: Lula Carvalho
  • Screenplay: José Padilha

Original title in Brazil is Tropa de Elite 2: O Inimigo Agora é Outro.

  • Cinema Premiere: January 23, 2011

What do the critics think?


9 reviews of Elite Squad 2 (2010)

  • 1. Entertainment Weekly
    9.1 / 10

    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. - Lisa Schwarzbaum

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  • 2. Slant Magazine
    8.8 / 10

    In "Elite Squad 2", a much more intricate and exhilarating act than its predecessor, director José Padilha catches up with the Brazilian zeitgeist. - Diego Semerene

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  • 3. Sveriges Radio
    8 / 10

    We return to the hard violence in Rio de Janeiro. There, police and drug lords are fighting for power over the favelas. - Björn Jansson

    Swedish: sverigesradio.se »

  • 4. Dagens Nyheter
    8 / 10

    It is constantly exciting. - Eva af Geijerstam

    Swedish: dn.se »

  • 5. Empire
    8 / 10

    A marked improvement on the first film, it's easy to see why this was such a smash in Brazil. Breathless, brutal and thrilling, it's a gut punch of an action movie. - Philip Wilding

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  • 6. Variety
    8 / 10

    When "Elite Squad 2" settles into key action sequences, such as a stunning nighttime ambush or a daytime battle against Fabio, it becomes wildly entertaining. - Robert Koehler

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  • 7. IndieWire
    7.5 / 10

    "Elite Squad 2" continues to explore the furthest extremes of law enforcement in a society on the brink of lawlessness. - Eric Kohn

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  • 8. Moviezine
    6 / 10

    "Elite Squad 2" is a dystopian portrayal of a disease state in the innermost organs of the police force, and on a theoretical level much more horrific than its predecessor. The prognosis is bleak and everyone must profit. - Jake Bolin

    Swedish: moviezine.se »

  • 9. Time Out
    6 / 10

    The whole thing’s driven by palpable anger to tell it like it is and a pivotal role for a sociology prof offers a degree of ideological light and shade. A thumping modern policier with a social-conscience edge. - Trevor Johnston

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World-Wide Box Office Revenue

Box Office

Elite Squad 2 has earned a total of 63 618 850 dollars from cinemas across the world (the global box office).