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    Thursday
    Nov172011

    Trailer: Elite Squad 2

    This trailer for the Brazilian film Elite Squad: The Enemy Within will blow you away. The film premiered in its home country October of 2010 and quickly became the nation’s highest-grossing film of all time. It’s easy to see why: tense action and thrilling intrigue set against one of the most crime-ridden areas in South America. Elite Squad: The Enemy Within is a sequel to the 2007 award-winning Elite Squad, also from writer/director José Padilha.

    Along with Wagner Moura, Irandhir Santos, André Ramiro, and Maria Ribero, the movie stars Seu Jorge, who readers might know from his turn as the guitar-playing, Bowie-centric musician from Wes Anderson’s The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004).

    The sprawling slum that surrounds Rio de Janeiro is one of the most dangerous places on earth, so as the head of Rio's Special Police Operations Battalion (BOPE), Captain Nascimento has seen his share of intense situations. When a BOPE mission to stop a jail riot ends in the violent death of a gang leader, Nascimento finds himself accused of a massacre but the citizens of Rio, tired of the crime and drugs that plague their city, embrace him as a national hero. Instead of being fired he finds himself promoted. In his powerful new position, Nascimento brings the gangs that rule the slum to their knees, but quickly discovers that he's only made things even easier for the dirty cops and corrupt politicians that are truly running the game. Now, Nascimento must confront his true enemies, who are much more dangerous and sitting just down the hall. 


    Thursday
    Oct202011

    Boy Wonder trailer

    I know what you're thinking, but no, this is not a film about Batman's brightly-clad teen sidekick. Boy Wonder is another in a recent spate of real-life superhero movies. Joining such films as Defendor, Kick-Ass, and Super, you won't find any ultrapowered uber-men here, only regular human beings. From first-time writer/director Michael Morrissey, the film stars Caleb Steinmeyer (True Blood, Lost), Tracy Middendorf (Boardwalk Empire), and James Russo (Public Enemies, Hawaii Five-0).

    Boy Wonder looks like it is more of a darkly psychological take on what drives a young man to go out at night and fight crime and the effects that that kind of violence has on him. The trailer is almost impenetrable, more style than exposition. However, the clip about choreographing the fight scenes for the film intrigues.

    In this riveting and gritty psychological-thriller, a young Brooklyn boy witnesses the brutal murder of his mother and grows up obsessed with finding her killer. Thus begins his life as a quiet, straight-A student by day and a self-appointed hero at night. But what is a real hero? And who decides what is right or wrong? As the boundaries blur, Sean’s dual life wears on his psyche and his two worlds careen dangerously close to colliding. Like a graphic novel you can’t put down, Boy Wonder challenges morality, distorting perceptions of what is right and what is justified, as it races to its shocking conclusion. 

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