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Dark Impulse (2011)

Lo mejor de Eva (original title)
Eva, a judge with a great future, has for years given exclusively to his profession. Believes strongly in justice and not willing to make concessions, wherever they come from. One day it's ... See full summary »

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Mariano Barroso
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Leonor Watling ... Eva / Judge
Miguel Ángel Silvestre ... Rocco
Nathalie Poza ... Berta
Adriana Ugarte ... Marta
Helio Pedregal Helio Pedregal ... Peña
Josean Bengoetxea ... Iñaki
José Luis Torrijo ... Carmelo
Isabel Mata Isabel Mata ... Carmen
Polina Kiryanova Polina Kiryanova ... Liuba / Stripper
Imanol Pagazaurtundua Imanol Pagazaurtundua ... Hijo Peña (as Imanol Pagazaurtundúa)
Lorena Vindel Lorena Vindel ... Wendy
Alberto Rubio Alberto Rubio ... Carlos / Marta's boyfriend
Rodrigo Poisón Rodrigo Poisón ... Javier / Carlos's friend
Nando González Nando González ... Nando
Ramón Sáez Ramón Sáez ... Operario Mudanza
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Eva, a judge with a great future, has for years given exclusively to his profession. Believes strongly in justice and not willing to make concessions, wherever they come from. One day it's up to instruct the murder of a stripper. And she appears before a witness in the case, the victim's boyfriend, Rocco, a caring and friendly gigolo who is willing to help. In return, Eve will have to give some clues of his own identity. But the inner life of Eva is a mystery, a safe that nobody knows how.

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Thriller

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El lugar
Written and Performed by Nando González
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Wasted opportunity
10 September 2016 | by tenshi_ippikiookamiSee all my reviews

"Lo mejor de Eva" (Spanish title) is an acceptable thriller that fails on too many levels to be anything more than just a barely entertaining one hour and a half.

Normally quite good Leonor Watling plays Eva, a judge that only centers on her job, and just her job. Investigating the killing of a stripper, she gets to know the stripper's boyfriend, a yes-I-know-I'm-sexy-as- hell Miguel Ángel Silvestre. Will Eva bring justice to the dead woman?

The story is clear enough, but develops quite slowly, and there quite a lot of dead moments. The characters arc's development is quite bad, and some of the decisions the movie takes make not much sense (too many moments of "uh?"). Specially Watling's Eva is a wasted opportunity, in part because Watling plays her as if she was a five-year-old falling in love for the first time. The movie tries to cover the shortcomings with some "extra-alluring-sultry" situations that are just an excuse to get the character's clothes out of the way, and that are lame. Barroso's directing doesn't seem to go anyway and it just seems focused on following the "Thriller-for-dummies" textbook. Also the movie fails in clearly differentiating between sexy and lurid, and sexist, falling closer to the second category.

All in all, a not very good thriller, with average acting, direction and plot.


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Country:

Spain

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

10 February 2012 (Spain) See more »

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Filming Locations:

Madrid, Spain See more »

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Budget:

EUR4,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$993,275
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2.35 : 1
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