I bet that American producers and filmmakers who cross the Cult flick "Bad Lieutenant" with the Comedy series "Naked Gun" would have a big hit on their hands. The proof of this assertion comes in the form (and by form, I mean a really round one) of Torrente-- a sleazy, slimy ex-cop who seems to operate on the wrong side of the law-- in a new collection that has broken box office records for years in Spain.
"The Torrente Package", a quartet of uproarious films that arrives stateside on VOD or iTunes from Doppleganger Releasing. Featuring writer, director and Spanish star Santiago Segura ("Pacific Rim") as the titular character. A despicable character who is a one-man judge, jury and executioner. That is, executing anyone that isn't a real threat. Fighting for what he believes in, even if what he believes in just happens to be homophobic and rascist.
This loaded package kicks off with "Torrente: The Dumb Arm of the Law" (1998), where this anti-hero tries to crack an underground drug ring being run right outside his door. But, not to clean up his rundown neighborhood or protect his equally good-hearted neighbors. Instead to get back in favor with his former force and maybe even start his very own private detective service.
Next up is "Torrente 2: Mission in Marbella" (2001). In this entry, Torrente moves to the big city to fight crime and discovers a maniacal plot to blow up the entire country. The third farce in the series, "Torrente 3: The Protector" (2005), finds Torrente becoming a bodyguard to a beautiful Foreign diplomat. Last, although certainly not least comes "Torrente 4: Lethal Crisis" (2011), an outright parody of the buddy cop formula made quite famous here by someone named Mel Gibson.
All are worth your while if you are a fan of raunchy laughs and riotous action. As an added bonus Music Box Films is having a contest (along with the Pittsburgh Indie Movie Examiner) for a free code to watch the first Torrente film on iTunes. Visit the link above to enter, win and become another fan.