While visiting my friend Raniere in Manaus, we decided to go to the cinema. I wanted to see “Wall Street” but it was only playing late at night, so we got in line for the wildly popular action movie “Tropa de Elite 2.” At first, when I saw the poster, I thought it was a dubbed American film because the star appeared to be Mark Ruffalo. This made me want to leave immediately, since I consider him a terrible actor. Nevertheless, we went into the theater and to my pleasant surprise, the movie was entirely in (not dubbed) Portuguese, and the actor in question was actually the talented Wagner Moura. The plot focuses on a corps of police officers wrestling with both external threats from Rio de Janeiro’s notorious favela gangsters as well as politically connected corruption in their own ranks. Overall it was a pretty good movie even though I didn’t understand everything. It reminded me of Hong Kong’s “Infernal Affairs” (which Americans know as “The Departed”). Here are pictures of Mark Ruffalo and Wagner Moura. Can you tell which is which?
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