Film Review: ‘No Rest for the Wicked’ (2011), by Enrique Urbizu

Begoña and I went to see last night No habrá paz para los malvados / No Rest for the Wicked a 2011 Spanish language film directed by Enrique Urbizu, written by Urbizu and Michel Gaztambide and starring José Coronado, Juanjo Artero and Helena Miquel. No Rest for the Wicked won six Goya Awards this year, including Best Picture, Best Director (Enrique Urbizu), Best Original Screenplay (Enrique Urbizu and Michel Gaztambide) and Best Actor (José Coronado).

Synopsis: A shooting, 3 bodies and a witness who managed to get away… Inspector Santos Trinidad (José Coronado), a veteran policeman, drinks too much and works too little. Maybe to forget he was once a model officer at the Intelligence Unit now downgraded to the Missing Persons Unit. Events turn sour one night and Santos finds himself implicated in a triple homicide in an after-hours club. Santos cleans up the crime scene and starts the hunt for the only witness, who managed to escape. Following the trail of the fugitive witness, Santos discovers a complicated and sordid network of prostitution and drug trafficking that serves to finance a far more sophisticated criminal plan. He is back doing what he does best, although this time he is on his own. The official police investigation begins to tighten the net around him, but Santos has begun his own personal crusade: he finally has the chance to settle his own score. (Filmax).

Despite its slow pace the film is not boring, thanks mainly to an interesting plot and a superb performance by José Coronado. Besides it’s pretty well shot and although it is considered a thriller, for me it’s closer to a police procedural. In fact there are two different storylines that will merge at the end. I quite enjoyed it. 

My rating: 7/10

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