A very intense and horrific tale of cops in the slums of Rio de Janeiro. And not just any cops, but a special quasi-military Elite Squad, BOPE, that is made up of non-corrupt cops. Police brutality laws are non-existent in Brazil. But the gangs are so violent it seems a no-win situation. Just a lot of dead bodies. The BOPE is given the job of clearing one of the 700(!) slums before the Pope's visit where His Holiness will be…
What a waste of a great idea. If you decide to watch this, you can skip the first half-hour as all that happens is he's a photographer and something of a jerk. Finally, half-hour in he takes the photos that play in the plot. Then a bunch of nothing happens, then finally he develops the film and it's a great scene as he figures out just what he took pictures of. At 1 hour 34 minutes, we get to see The Yardbirds with Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck. 1/2 star for the "blow-up" scene, and one star for The Yardbirds.