Primarily set inside the walls of a rough, gang-ridden prison in São Paulo, Brazil.
A new faction has been formed called the Brotherhood. Their purpose is to stop the murder, abuse and discrimination from a corrupt prison system. This is all orchestrated inside the walls of a prison which is run by the cowardly yet dangerously evil prison warden, Oliviero.
When a young lawyer finds out that her brother is the founder of the Brotherhood she is bribed by a seedy arrogant cop. She is left with no choice but to work for the law and go undercover. But when she meets her brother for the first time in 20-years, she starts to realise that everything he stands has justification, maybe the Brotherhood ain’t the bad guys after all.
If you are familiar with the fantastic second part of Jose Padilha’s Elite Squad: The Enemy Within, then you will know what to expect.
I know it is a pain in the ass, but you really have to give Brotherhood a couple of episodes before the story settles. I almost turned it off, but I am so glad I didn’t. As the plot develops we see the faction start to become much, much more than just a group of prisoners trying to fight a corrupt system.
Powerful, raw performances from the cast and it is as gritty as hell. The only problem was a short first season – consisting of only 8-episodes. More, please!
Brotherhood is now on Netflix. As always, thanks for reading.
If you haven’t checked out these other amazing productions from Brazil you are most certainly missing out on some great cinema!
- City Of God (2002)
- Elite Squad (2007)
- Elite Squad: The Enemy Within (2010)
- Carandiru (2005)
- Bus 174 (2002)
- Last Stop 174 (2008)
- City Of Men (2007)
Words by Gary Gamble
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