Elite Squad

Elite Squad

Well, at least now I understand why Padilha got the RoboCop remake. Repulsively ultraviolent melodrama from the POV of a reactionary paramilitary force, with torture and extrajudicial killings justified (by the characters at least) in the fight against Corruption and the carelessness of the Elites. Besides an invocation of Foucault by useless academics, the movie is aggressively uninterested in examining power structures at any level of detail beyond The System. The movie is well aware of its narrator's tunnel vision (the only discussion of "strategy" in elite boot camp is to try to put recruits to sleep), but the result is that bodies pile up like cordwood and it's impossible to give a shit.