Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Elite Squad: The Enemy Within

Necessary if pat follow-up to the first film. Once again the audience is forced into the constricting POV of the smug authoritarian who wields and abuses state power and violence as naturally as breathing, this time to demonstrate his (forced and schematic) realization that he is a patsy for The System. He isn't particularly interested in dwelling on the responsibility he bears for propping that system up, and all of the key moments in his change of heart are driven by personal setbacks rather than principles. (These movies' strongest element is their portrayal of systematically damaged men unable to see empathy as anything but either a ploy to be dismissed or a weakness to be exploited.)