TORRENTE PACKAGE, THE

TORRENTEPACKAGE

 

THE PLOT THUS FAR

Meet Torrente. He’s rude, crude, lewd…and a real private dick! The four action-comedy films that make up the wildly popular TORRENTE series (THE DUMB ARM OF THE LAW, MISSION IN MARBELLA, THE PROTECTOR and LETHAL CRISIS) feature the comic capers of José Luis Torrente (Santiago Segura)—a lazy, offensive and shamelessly politically-incorrect former cop who continues to “fight” crime as a private detective. Writer, director and star Segura takes no prisoners as his exasperating alter ego engages in all manner of shady outrageousness in pursuit of his own brand of justice. The TORRENTE series is the most successful movie franchise in Spanish film history and a box office sensation around the world. Now, for the first time, TORRENTE’s antics are available in the US on digital streaming platforms.

WHAT WE THOUGHT

“The Torrente Package” is a four film voyage into the mind of Santiago Segura. The filmns focus on Detective Torrente, as he fights against crime on the street and in the highest institutions. Apparently, it’s a giant film series in Spain and everyone takes part in the productions. Benecio Del Toro and a few other big American film stars have found their way over there. But, you’ve got to respect a film that has a monologue about how important it is to wash your hands before you touch your penis. Yes, kids…it’s that kind of movie. For the moms out there, Javier Bardem also appears. Older women like him, right?

Detective fiction has always been a soft spot for me. That being said, the latter films are nothing but an appreciation of tits and soccer. I could see this film series developing a cult following in the United States. However, it’s going to be a tough sell to set it apart from other oddball European genre entries. If someone attempted an American remake, I could see some of the translation issues being easier. Needless to say, it would ultimately end up getting toned down. That’s just what America does. We ruin everything.

The package was reviewed on a mix of digital copies and a screener DVD. Therefore, if there are any special features…I don’t know about them. But, who needs extra material when you have the sheer oddity of this quadrilogy? I would’ve loved to have had a commentary or a booklet explaining the history of this series. But, I guess I ask too much. If you’re curious, I’d recommend downloading it off ITunes this Tuesday.

RELEASE DATE: 12/17/2013

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