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A great piece of entertainment and a milestone in Portuguese cinema...
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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