My husband has been wanting to rent Tropa de Elite 2, or Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, a movie about the drug industry in Rio and corrupt politics. I, on the other hand, am not into violent action movies. However, he somehow convinced me that watching this film would be a good addition to my daily efforts in becoming more Brazilian. And somehow I bought it.
Just like City of God, I only made it half-way through the movie. It’s not that it is a bad movie, it is a great movie, I’m certain, in this movie category. But here’s the thing. While the movie is not based on actual events, it certainly runs parallel to some of the antics that occur in Rio. And I just don’t want to know about this stuff. I’ve got too many other issues over which I have no control to be concerned about. The fact that our world will most likely run out of fresh water, my homeland circling around economic ruin, potential alien invasions… The other day, six young men went into a restaurant a few blocks from where I live and robbed everyone at gunpoint. I’ve got enough violence close to home to worry about. My worry tank is full. I cannot add the power of the drug lords and political corruption in the state of Rio to the pile I’m afraid. Not right now.
But I suppose knowing something about it via one hour of Tropa de Elite 2 does make me a bit more Brazilian.