I was just partially prepared for this gritty thriller, so I am warning you in time to get ready for it, to maximize your enjoyment. This is another gut-buster coming to us from sunny Spain, in case you missed it the first one isNo Rest For The Wicked Poster Mientras Duermes, and this just goes to show you that no matter what Hollywood decides to do to cinema, there will be always other countries to step up. This vibrant noir movie is just too cool, and the reason for that is Santos Trinidad, masterfully played by José Coronado. While the American take on your average alcoholic, corrupt and dangerous detective set the standards, Jose took it to another level with his believable acting, the right appearance and that crazy look in his eyes is the thing that completes the whole image. These are the guys that you don’t wanna see or have anything to do in real life, but secretly fantasize about being them or hanging out with them.

The director did not hold back, and once again we can enjoy in this glass of whiskey that is not watered down with ice. The taste that this movie leaves is that one of bitterness of life, wrong choices and the those moments of perfect clarity where you can actually feel alive and meaningful. Just beautiful…. And gripping, from the beginning to the end, No Habrá Paz Para Los Malvados will hold your attention and let it go just for brief moments that are to be used to light up another cigar or pour another shot of whiskey (well, I guess any alcohol will do). One more thing I found very interesting and that is that upon viewing this movie Sylvester Stallone immediately bought the rights and expressed desire to make an American version (with him in the lead role, no doubt)

Using the actual events of 2004 Madrid train bombings, No Rest for the Wicked further develops this story, from the eyes of one Santos Trinidad. Santos Trinidad is a bad man, a police detective who likes to drink, gamble, misuse his authority and all the fun things that we would do, if, of course, life was a video game. He comes alive at night and as an alcoholic vampire prowls the streets and strip clubs looking for trouble, life and death. One of those visits, will prove to be a very important one as he accidentally stumbles on something much, much bigger than the usual sleaze that you would expect in a nightclub. Not to reveal too much (again, but what can I do when the movie is that good…), I will leave you with this, enjoy this phenomenal movie…

Director: Enrique Urbizu

Cast: José Coronado, Rodolfo Sancho, Helena Miquel, Juanjo Artero, Pedro Mari Sánchez

Fun Facts: The film won six Goya Awards(Spanish Oscars), including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Writing and Best Leading Actor.

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IMDb Link: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1661862/

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