“Elite Troop” was a big success in Brazil in 2007. However, before its release, the feature film was pirated en masse, forcing the director to review his editing, and the release to be brought forward.
Wagner Moura captain of an elite troop
If the general public discovered Wagner Moura with Narcoswhere he embodies Pablo Escobarthe actor was mainly revealed by the elite troops. Released in 2007 in Brazil, and a year later in France, the film features the BOPE, an elite military police battalion from the state of Rio de Janeiro. Wagner Moura plays Roberto Nascimento, the captain of this battalion. Worn out, he wants to leave the BOPE. But he must first find his replacement and carry out one last mission. With his team, he is in charge of cleaning up the Morro do Turano, an extremely dangerous favela.
In addition to showing their preparation, the feature film aims to denounce the corruption and cruelty of the traditional police in Brazil. A real shock film, it has however divided international criticism at its output. While some saw it as a fascist film advocating amoral justice, others, contrary, felt that José Padilha was trying to point out the ills of his country. Elite Troop still won the Golden Bear at the Berlinale 2008 and realized more than two million admissions in Brazil. In France, the film did not attract many people, but gained popularity thereafter.
A huge hack
Although it is considered a big hit in Brazil, elite troop certainly should have drawn a lot more people to theaters when it was released. Indeed, the feature film was unfortunately a big victim of the hacker. As told by the Screen daily at the time, illegal copies circulated on Brazilian streets long before the release. The fault lies partly with the company Drei Marc. It was she who was in charge of the subtitles, and by whom a copy of the film was stolen. Then, many DVDs were made and sold illegally to $5 each. About 1.5 million people would have seen elite troop before its release – a figure that rises to three million according to other sources.
However, the version offered in theaters by José Padilha was slightly different. Changes were made by the director no doubt to encourage the public to go to the cinema. The filmmaker also considers the pirated version as the “3rd edit” of his film. Finally, the distributor has also advanced the release date of the film in Brazil. In the end, despite this hack, elite troop realized score higher than expected from Paramount Pictures Brazil. It also gave rise to a sequel, Elite Troop 2released in 2010 and set thirteen years after the first film.