“TORRENTE”— The Four Film Action-Comedy Series By Santiago Segura


The Four Film Action-Comedy Series By Santiago Segura

Amos Lassen

“Torrente” is a popular Spanish action/comedy series that is made up of four films by writer-director-star Santiago Segura that is coming our way on DVD in September. All four films are about the misadventures of José Luis Torrente, a lazy, vulgar, gross and corrupt former police officer in Madrid and the film series is the most successful movie franchise in Spanish film history. 

The four individual films are “Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law” (1998), “Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella” (2001), “Torrente 3: The Protector” (2005) and “Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis” (2011). Each film was written and directed by and stars Segura as Torrente, an ex-cop who refuses to accept his expulsion from the police corps, allowing him to still “patrol” each night in his beat-up car in order to “fight” whom he considers to be the “bad guys.” However, Torrente usually refuses to confront real criminals because he is a coward. Nonetheless, there are plenty of innocent bystanders for him to wreak havoc upon! He is reprehensive and alluring at the same time.

“Torrente 1: The Dumb Arm of the Law” is the premiere film of the series introduces the outrageous and offensive José Luis Torrente, a former policeman who fights against the Mafia in Madrid whether the government wants him to or not!

“Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella” shows us the offensive Torrente starts as a private eye in Marbella. Soon he falls into the middle of a villain’s missile plot to destroy the city and his uncle’s blackmail operation. 

“Torrente 3: The Protector” is about when Torrente, , is hired to guard a beautiful and powerful politician. Unable to behave in any way, he lives up to his employers’ expectations.

  “Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis” takes us to Torrente who is in jail for a crime he did not commit and he is committed to clearing his name while at the same time offending everyone around him.

Torrente is unlike any other tough cop that you’ve seen in a movie and I doubt that you will ever be able to forget him.

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