El Lobo (Wolf) Reviews

  • Sep 07, 2014

    Interesting historical film, and a fine representation of the disgusting political machinations that go on in all countries. Eduardo Noriega is a always a pleasure to watch.

    Interesting historical film, and a fine representation of the disgusting political machinations that go on in all countries. Eduardo Noriega is a always a pleasure to watch.

  • Dec 29, 2013

    Em "O Lobo" somos confrontados com um drama intenso e cinzento sobre uma operação secreta da polícia espanhola para desmantelar a organização separatista basca ETA, com a acção a decorrer em pleno regime conservador franquista. Eduardo Noriega (Tesis, 1996) interpreta o papel (baseado em factos reais) de um trabalhador honesto que se vê atirado para uma espiral de intrigas, medos, traições e, acima de tudo, dilemas relacionados com a eterna dúvida: por que ideal lutar? O seu desempenho é excepcional, guiado por uma realização a fazer lembrar os melhores thrillers noir. Um filme absolutamente recomendado para todos os fãs de filmes de mistério e suspense com traços de jogo duplo.

    Em "O Lobo" somos confrontados com um drama intenso e cinzento sobre uma operação secreta da polícia espanhola para desmantelar a organização separatista basca ETA, com a acção a decorrer em pleno regime conservador franquista. Eduardo Noriega (Tesis, 1996) interpreta o papel (baseado em factos reais) de um trabalhador honesto que se vê atirado para uma espiral de intrigas, medos, traições e, acima de tudo, dilemas relacionados com a eterna dúvida: por que ideal lutar? O seu desempenho é excepcional, guiado por uma realização a fazer lembrar os melhores thrillers noir. Um filme absolutamente recomendado para todos os fãs de filmes de mistério e suspense com traços de jogo duplo.

  • Walter M Super Reviewer
    May 11, 2013

    In "El Lobo," Begona(Silvia Abascal) is alarmed at ETA terrorists being welcomed into her home by her husband Txema(Eduardo Noriega). He tries to reassure her but her worries are only confirmed when an informer is killed the following day. After being caught up in the resultant dragnet, Txema is told by Ricardo(Jose Coronado) of the Secret Service that he can sense his reluctance, asking him to work for him. What he is looking for is not just another informant, but somebody who can infiltrate the ETA and report back. With his construction business failing, Txema agrees, accepting a check in lieu of the usual thirty pieces of silver. At least, the job is not all bad for Txema when he meets Amaia(Melanie Doutey) at a wedding, doubling as a party congress. "El Lobo" is the kind of morally complex, suspenseful, sexy and paranoid thriller that they simply do not make anymore(with the possible exception of FX's "The Americans," that is). That's even after a rough start in trying to establish the situation before it soon settles down into the facts of its truth based story, including details of the time like what it was like to live in Franco's Spain.(Bonus points for the Patti Smith song.) Plus, I always love political arguments, as Txema ia caught up in a unique position of working against the violence committed by those he would normally be on the side of in his Basque homeland while being allied with the Fascists in Spain. That same violence ends up taking a terrible toll on him, too, as seen in the opening scene.

    In "El Lobo," Begona(Silvia Abascal) is alarmed at ETA terrorists being welcomed into her home by her husband Txema(Eduardo Noriega). He tries to reassure her but her worries are only confirmed when an informer is killed the following day. After being caught up in the resultant dragnet, Txema is told by Ricardo(Jose Coronado) of the Secret Service that he can sense his reluctance, asking him to work for him. What he is looking for is not just another informant, but somebody who can infiltrate the ETA and report back. With his construction business failing, Txema agrees, accepting a check in lieu of the usual thirty pieces of silver. At least, the job is not all bad for Txema when he meets Amaia(Melanie Doutey) at a wedding, doubling as a party congress. "El Lobo" is the kind of morally complex, suspenseful, sexy and paranoid thriller that they simply do not make anymore(with the possible exception of FX's "The Americans," that is). That's even after a rough start in trying to establish the situation before it soon settles down into the facts of its truth based story, including details of the time like what it was like to live in Franco's Spain.(Bonus points for the Patti Smith song.) Plus, I always love political arguments, as Txema ia caught up in a unique position of working against the violence committed by those he would normally be on the side of in his Basque homeland while being allied with the Fascists in Spain. That same violence ends up taking a terrible toll on him, too, as seen in the opening scene.

  • Dec 14, 2010

    på trods af, de formår at gøre francos mand til helten..

    på trods af, de formår at gøre francos mand til helten..

  • Apr 06, 2010

    An interesting movie, based on true events, about a mole (el lobo) in the ETA, during the last days of Franco's reign in Spain. Thanks to him, 150 ETA-members were imprisoned. Half an hour too long, the direction isn't tight, but Eduardo Noriega is great in the title role.

    An interesting movie, based on true events, about a mole (el lobo) in the ETA, during the last days of Franco's reign in Spain. Thanks to him, 150 ETA-members were imprisoned. Half an hour too long, the direction isn't tight, but Eduardo Noriega is great in the title role.

  • Feb 06, 2010

    An interesting movie, based on true events, about a mole (el lobo) in the ETA, during the last days of Franco's reign in Spain. Thanks to him, 150 ETA-members were imprisoned. Half an hour too long, the direction isn't tight, but Eduardo Noriega is great in the title role.

    An interesting movie, based on true events, about a mole (el lobo) in the ETA, during the last days of Franco's reign in Spain. Thanks to him, 150 ETA-members were imprisoned. Half an hour too long, the direction isn't tight, but Eduardo Noriega is great in the title role.

  • Dec 13, 2009

    ETA, I didn't know about this organization before. A too good movie.

    ETA, I didn't know about this organization before. A too good movie.

  • Sep 18, 2009

    I learned something but wasn't that excited doing so..

    I learned something but wasn't that excited doing so..

  • Apr 28, 2009

    woah decent movie about ETA vs police fight, it's really nice story

    woah decent movie about ETA vs police fight, it's really nice story

  • Feb 15, 2009

    This movie is quite a good introduction to those who are unknown with the ETA and the conflicts in the Basque Country. Good actors, too.

    This movie is quite a good introduction to those who are unknown with the ETA and the conflicts in the Basque Country. Good actors, too.