English blog chronicles impact of mega-hit Brazilian flick about super-violent cops

HWBrazil sez,
I was one of an estimated 11.5M people in Brazil who watched a leaked workprint of "BOPE: Tropa de Elite" before it broke cinema records in Brazil last weekend. The movie is blowing the %$#@ up here.

Since the film's *protagonists* are elite Rio police who shoot dealers, execute corrupt police and freely use torture, sometimes on children, this is crazy. Unlicensed BOPE dolls are selling in the same neighborhoods the real life cops shoot their way through.

So I started an English blog about the film's impact. Note: this is the actual logo the actual police unit uses:.

Link (Thanks, HWBrazil!)

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  1. When I first read the description of the cops in the film, I thought they were fictional.

    Wait, cops like this ACTUALLY EXIST in Brazil? Hence the actual logo shown here that “the actual police unit” uses? Huh? (Don’t mind my newbness, just started really paying attention to politics and news about a month ago.)

  2. “O2 Give-me the .12”
    That scene was Priceless can’t wait. to open here in the USA in january or February.

    By the Way Captain Nascimento >>>>>chuck Norris

  3. Yes Kravikula! This scene what you mentioned is one of the best part of this movie.
    In my opinion, Tropa de Elite is the best brazilian movie and Captain Nascimento is the best ever!!!

  4. Basilisk wrote:
    “Wait, cops like this ACTUALLY EXIST in Brazil? Hence the actual logo shown here that “the actual police unit” uses? Huh? (Don’t mind my newbness, just started really paying attention to politics and news about a month ago.)”

    Yes, Basilisk, there are cops like that in Brazil. I know it may sound kind of incomprehensible for someone from a developed country (I assume that is your case), but as a Brazilian I think I can paint a picture of the circumstances in here:

    In many large Brazilian cities (Rio being the perfect example…) drug overlords basically transformed poor neighborhoods, the favelas (“slums”) into feuds where the Brazilian government has no authority anymore. Those drug lords are *heavily* armed, using stuff that you normally just see in wars. And in fact that is the situation: a long-standing civil war. So you may think of elite cop units like BOPE more as, well, I don’t know a good American equivalent, maybe assault teams of navy seals? Anyway, they *are* killing machines (that logo exists for a good reason :) and as in many wars it is known that torture does occur in a routine basis.

    BTW, the day before yesterday there was a lot of shooting in a slum in Rio, and our news networks have a brutal video (in Brazilian Portuguese, but the images speak by themselves) of dealers being shot by cops in a helicopter. That may give you a feeling of what happens in here. Here: http://tinyurl.com/28w5v3

    You may also be interested in seeing the trailer of “Elite Squad”, the movie, at YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0jeTL9hC3Wg . Not real life as the video above, but heavily inspired on it.

  5. For all the non-portuguese speakers, I can translate the headlines on the link Dr. Omni sent – Globo is our major news provider in Brazil. The video title says “Shooting ends with 12 killed in Rio”, and the other headlines say things like “Military Police commander is shot in slum”, “A thousand agents raid a slum in Rio”, “Even shootings change airport routine”… There you see what it’s like to live here, and why I want to leave Brazil. And Rio is NOT Brazil’s most dangerous city. But, knowing where to go, you can be (relatively) safe.

  6. I speak native Portuguese, I know about this unit in Brazil and I saw the movie based on BOPE… suffice to say those guys are badass… as are the drug overlords…

    – Joao

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