Grupo 7 (Unit 7) Reviews
La cinta no es particularmente original (uno puede observar todos los clichés del género policíaco en ella) pero es entretenida, con buenas actuaciones y un interesante contexto social. No esta mal para entretener durante una tarde aburrida.
"Unit 7" ("Grupo 7") is a cliché driven and standard formula cop thriller. Despite the general fact that it´s an ok thriller/action movie set in Seville leading up to Expo 92, I couldn´t shake the fact that the makers of this film seems to have had "Copthrillers for dummies" in their lap when they made this, as "Unit 7" has such an A-Z standard structure with a mishmash of every cop thriller that has come out the US the past 30 years. Thus, I felt that "Unit 7" adds absolutely nothing new in the genre as everything in the movie have been seen and done before. I´m kind of surprised the film was nominated for 16 Goya Awards in 2012. Nah, this is really nothing special as I hoped for.
Grupo 7 (Unit 7) follows four team members, Ã?ngel (Mario Casas), Rafael (Antonio de la Torre), Mateo (JoaquÃn NÃºÃ±ez), and Miguel (JosÃ (C) Manuel Poga), as an elite group of narcotics officers with a mandate to wipe out drug trafficking by any legal or illegal means. We have the usual rookie vs. veteran, family man vs. womanizer dynamic that are cliche character arc. What makes it material work is how in depth it examine the characters and delve into their past. It makes us question if it is worth stopping crime if it means doing it by unjust used. Another plus is how it manage to capture the realism these crimes have on the real world. Although, the ending will leave something to be desire as it does come abruptly without much examination of happens afterward to our elite team members. It does lose momentum in the second half, but good productions values helps it overcome it flaws. The performances from our cast keep us engage. Each of the main actors gave a heartfelt performance and demonstrated great chemistry that will have your eyes glue to the screen. The film direction is spot on always capturing the emotion of a scene to strong effect. It is superbly filmed using lighting to showcase the tensity of a conversation or the dark region of our character mind.
Grupo 7 (Unit 7) is a well written Spanish crime drama with heartfelt performances and good production values. It's tense and captures the realism of it story to make for an engaging viewing of law enforcers stopping drug trafficking.