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Charismatic face of fascism 2

April 24, 2009


Tropa de Elite (Elite Squad) is returning as a sequel, now that actor Wagner Moura has signed on to reprise his role as Capitão Nascimento.  Moura, one of Brazil´s most gifted actors, was so good in embodying the role of (fascist) BOPE squad leader that it seems obvious that the whole regurgitated production would rest on his participation. André Ramiro was cast in the lead role of Matias (the stoic squad rookie who gives a stiff, unconvincing reprimand to pot-smoking university students, implicating them in the drug trade), but Moura´s undeniably seductive power takes over every scene. José Padilha is writing the script with Bráulio Mantovani, who worked on Cidade de Deus, another glossy moral failure.

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