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Bad Investigate (2018)

Romeu, a corrupt cop, hires the services of Cid and Alex, to catch a notorious criminal, who left Mexico and is on his way to Galicia, Spain to find the killer of his brother, also trying to catch the same criminal is an FBI agent.


Luis Ismael


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Credited cast:
Francisco Menezes Francisco Menezes ... Cidálio
Luis Ismael ... Alex
Enrique Arce ... Xavier
Eric da Silva Eric da Silva ... Sam Folkes
J.D. Duarte J.D. Duarte ... Subcomissário Romeu
João Pires João Pires ... Inspector Canhão
Laura Galvão Laura Galvão ... Cátia
Robson Nunes ... King Negro
Carmen Méndez Carmen Méndez ... Maria
Sandra B Sandra B ... Júlia
Diogo Balestra Diogo Balestra ... Chico
Paulo Calatré Paulo Calatré ... Peido
João Ricardo João Ricardo ... GNR Sénior
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Abílio Bejinha Abílio Bejinha ... Homem Jipe
Adolfo Luxúria Canibal ... Narrador


When Romeu, a dirty police sub-comissionary forces Alex and Cid to deceive agent Sam Folkes from FBI, it's not gonna end up well. Their mission: hunt down Xavier Cruz, an extremely dangerous drug dealer who's seeking revenge for the death of his brother. Written by junior_dias

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Release Date:

18 January 2018 (Portugal) See more »


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€500,000 (estimated)
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Second Portuguese movie for Spanish actor Enrique Arce after The Art of Stealing (2008). See more »

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A great piece of entertainment and a milestone in Portuguese cinema...
19 January 2018 | by Kalo96123See all my reviews

If you go into this movie expecting a typical, slow Portuguese film, or even something out of the comedic 'Balas & Bolinhos' franchise (by the same director), you're gonna have a bad time. I'm a fan of 'Balas & Bolinhos" but I can tell they're not really good movies, they're just guilty pleasures... That said, I was really pleased to see that Luis Ismael took a different approach to filmmaking during the making of this movie.

For starters, Bad Investigate's humor is spot on! It's not as forced or as crude as Luis Ismael's other productions and it tends to be intelligently placed for the most part. The movie is also packed with good and funny action sequences that are emphasized by the great photography and soundtrack. The plot is simple, but effective, and it has its fair share of comedy and drama. The characters are pretty well drawn and explored, leaving nothing randomly loose in the plot.

The CGI heavy scenes with explosions, which are fortunately scarce, aren't very well done but that's not enough to throw you off the movie due to its great pace: it's really good and the two hours of runtime will certainly fly by. If I have one complaint, it's the last shot in the movie. I'm not gonna spoil it for you, but the movie could definitely do without it. It is explained why it happened, but it's kind of forced and tasteless. I'll give this movie a 8/10. If you find yourself in Portugal during the premiere week, just go watch it. It's a great piece of entertainment and, in my opinion, a turning point in Portuguese cinema. It shows that Portugal can do more than soap operas and slow boring movies. But don't take my word for it, go watch it and see for yourself!

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