The Division Review:Maybe only God can really save this place

I feel that the title of the film “Total Blockade” and the plot is a bit mismatched, easy and a game confused with the dishes, called “Kidnap City” more appropriate.

The opening and closing credits of the film are an interesting contrast.

The year 1997 was the peak of the kidnapping outbreak in Rio de Janeiro, the high incidence of kidnapping cases completely angered the interests of all parties, by the government and public pressure under the police’s continued heavy-handed crackdown, even those cooped up in the favelas sheltering kidnappers gangsters are not tired of it, as the mass base of the civilian slum gangs and kidnappers have become antipathy to kidnapping and kidnapping attitude, the gangs are not willing to shelter the kidnappers and the government police The gangsters were not willing to completely turn their backs on the government police in order to shelter the kidnappers.

So the kidnappers were completely abandoned by the interests of all parties very tacitly, the balance between revenue and risk was broken, no one is willing to engage in kidnapping this increasingly risky revenue is getting smaller and smaller extremely uneconomical criminal behavior.

But the slums still exist, the gap between the rich and the poor has not been any substantial improvement, those idle and unemployed social youth always have to eat to buy drugs to buy weapons, so the direction of crime to adjust a little, such as switching to drug trafficking robbery and other seemingly more cost-effective way on.

Brazil, like other Latin American regions, has not established a relatively sound social distribution mechanism when its economic development is far from the level of developed countries in Europe and the United States, and has forced democratization, resulting in the current political system that looks democratic and is actually corrupt and inefficient.

In the City of God, the poor never believe in such nonsense as studying to change their fate and fighting poverty to achieve common prosperity, but only believe that wealth comes from the barrel of a gun, so gun crime becomes the road to wealth.

Those rich people who are threatened have no choice but to stay away from the slums and live in areas with adequate police presence and better infrastructure. The government’s resources are increasingly tilted toward the wealthy areas, and the slums have less and less access to even a normal police force.

Politicians want to please the rich to get votes, but they don’t dare to offend the poor because they are also votes, so there is no way to use force to eradicate crime in the slums. Day by day, the slums have become a kingdom of criminals and gangs to form their own, the police are afraid to easily intervene.

The film Mendoza captain led the team into the favelas, equipped with military-grade light weapons and protective equipment, the equipment put almost a gun in the hands of the U.S. empire that are a little exaggerated, but in Rio de Janeiro without the slightest sense of incongruity. Because the gang equipment there is not weak than the police, and even some gangs have squad machine guns and RPG grenade launchers. Whenever the police try to enter a gang-controlled slum, a massive firefight is inevitable.

Perennial political corruption has also led to collusion between the police and the gangsters becoming a common occurrence. There are police informants inside the gangs, and undercover police officers inside the gangs, plus some politicians stirred up in the process, the police in addition to dealing with gang criminals when carrying out their duties, but also have to watch out for their own side of the mole.

There are a thousand days to be a thief, not a thousand days to prevent the thief. The psychological and mental pressure of the police is always in a highly tense state, it is not difficult to understand the abuse of criminals and even the act of killing criminals. The police in the film in order to rescue the hostages as soon as possible and the kidnappers abusive things, once the East is easy to be blamed by the media, violence seems wrong, but in addition there seems to be no better way to rescue the hostages.

Instead of a happy ending, the ending seems more real.

The two policewomen who colluded with the kidnappers to kill their companions did not encounter “late justice”, the two police officers who colluded with the kidnappers were rewarded for finally killing the kidnappers, and the officers involved in the planning of the kidnapping within the police were not affected by anything, but the “all-star” who changed his ways and rescued the hostages The “all-star” who saved the hostage was arrested on charges.

The ending is a little bit gassy, but this is the real Rio de Janeiro, the city of God.