Bruno – Tropa de Elite

November 5, 2007


 I liked the movie “Tropa de Elite”. It is a recent brasilian movie that is making a lot of success.

I liked the movie because it shows the reality of our country. It shows the dark side of the society. Most of people think that Brazil is only women, carnaval and soccer. But it is not, in Rio de Janeiro (where the plot takes place) there is a lot of criminality around the city and even more practise of drug dealing in every slum. And the movie shows exactly those crimes. I like the BOPE (Batalhão de Forças Policiais Especiais) way of acting. They invade the slums trying to stop the drug dealing, they kill the criminals and people involved with it. I am absolutely not agaisnt their violent behavior. Actually, I support it. But I think this is not the correct way of trying to stop the criminality. Because, even killing the drug dealers and people who are involved with this illicit act, the crime won’t be stopped. The worst criminals can even die. But if you kill one, in the next day, there will be another guy in his place that is just like as him or even worse. Therefore, you can kill drug dealers, but the crime won’t be stopped. You can be sure that there is another guy just waiting his time to take control of  the “slum drug dealing business”. Therefore, despite I am being in favor of BOPE, I know that they are not the best solution for our problems. There are a lot of people that think that their are a panacea, but they are not, they are just a fast solution to decelerate the drug dealing spreading. I just support their way of acting, while a better solution is not taken.

That’s why I like so much that movie. It shows a lot of problems of our society, and make we think about it. Just not the way of the police acting to try to stop the drug dealing in our slums, but also trying to show that rich boys who consume drugs, also contribute to finance the drug dealing. OK, that’s it. Besides showing the bad aspects of our country, it also make we think about a lot of important things that happens here.


One comment

  1. Hi Bruno,

    I have not watched the movie yet, but it is in my plans. I am not very fond of violent movies, or least violence for the sake of violence (although I must admit that I loved Tarantino’s Kill Bill Parts I and II). But now, after reading your review, I will probably rent it when it comes out on DVD (I refuse to watch a pirate version of it). According to you, there is more to just simple violence in the movie, and if there is a reason behind all the violence to justify it, then it would be OK for me to watch it. if I get to see it before our classes are over, then, we can talk about it.


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