This sequel was not only a critical success, it went on to become the highest-grossing film ever in Brazil’s history. Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within continues the 2007 original Elite Squad‘s semi-fictional story of the Special Police Squad in Rio de Janeiro, and the difficulties between crime-fighting and politics.
Tonight at 7.35pm watch this heart racting action-thriller as part of WM: Premiere. In the lead up to this Australian premiere World Movies have pulled together a crash course to get you in the know for this Brazilian blockbuster.
– The film centres on Lieutenant. Colonel Roberto Nascimento, as he leads a team against corrupt police officers and drug dealers.
– In 2011, about 11.1 million paying viewers made it the most seen movie in Brazilian cinema history.
– It also became the highest-grossing film of all time in Brazil, beating Avatar‘s record.
– The film follows on from the 1997 smash hit Elite Squad, the second in director José Padilha’s film trilogy about urban violence in major Brazilian cities.
– During the shooting of the first Elite Squad film, a van with 90 firearms (30 real and 60 prop guns) was robbed in a favela in Rio de Janeiro.
– A bootleg copy of the Elite Squad film was circulated before its official release and was watched by between 11 and 15 million people.
– Padhila had to keep the master DVD copy (with no audio) of Elite Squad 2: The Enemy Within in an undisclosed bank safe in order to avoid the same piracy issues he experienced on Elite Squad.
– The director was sued by the police after the release of the first Elite Squad. The police attempted to stop the film being released and demanded that all of the torture and killing scenes were edited out. A judge ruled in the director’s favour.