Drugs, a component that annihilates the very being of society, also gives organised crime an impetus to grow. A legit evil (of every sort) that needs to be ostracised, but finds its tenacious clutches gripping the society at a rocket-fuelled pace. ‘Costa Del Sol’ based on the same had premiered on Netflix recently, comprising 8 episodes panning a little over an hour and seven minutes each. Premised in 1977. the sea kissed beaches of Torremolinos come alive with a never-ending party. Cheap booze and a growing number of tourists remain the mainstay. Owing to the maritime presence, small-time fishermen and peddlers manage to smuggle Hashish into the town and begin an illegitimate drug trade. Victims of the trade are none other than small-time crooks who are out to make quick bucks, but the trade in these parts is controlled by a Moroccan drug Mafia ‘Alsi’ (Younes Bachir). Ryese (Jorge Usón) is a rich, ambitious self-made businessman. He and his wife, Marielena (Cayetana C) are smitten by the luxury that money can buy, and cannot imagine parting ways from their high-end lifestyle. They own a rather happening discothèque named ‘Camelot’, in Torremolinos. Despite doing exceedingly well, they turn to ‘Alsi’ to make quick bucks and keep up with the pace of an ever-changing lifestyle. A few murders help him shove dark facts of the trade under the carpet. ‘Yolanda’ (Sara Salamo) works at Camelot to enable her financial independence after her father’s death. She is oblivious of how ‘Uncle Reyese’ was involved in the murder of his most trusted aide, Yolanda’s father. A band of four cops with a rather different approach, come together to bust this racket. In the beginning, the cops feel that they have ended the crime from the crux, but after Yolanda’s father is murdered, they realise that what they uncovered was only the tip of the ice-berg. Bruno (Higo Silva), Leo (Alvaro Cervantes), Torren (Jesus Castro), and ‘Martin Pulido’ (Miki Esparbe) are all out to catch the blighters. They scheme and plan using an array of approaches to get to the top. Overall, it’s a gut-wrenching crime drama staged in the 70s. The sets, the costumes and everything in between, come alive with interesting possibilities of how to catch a drug mafia, in days that are bereft of any technological advancement. The dialogues are simple, and the writer does well, staying free from expletives, making this series palatable for all kinds of audiences. Torren’s street-smart ways are evident and Bruno’s crass angry young man demeanour is very pronounced, defining the very basis of acting in the era. Despite several things happening in the plot, the directors have cleverly manoeuvred the instances to keep the viewer hooked. The directors deserve applause to have stayed true to the plot and yet, lend the story with their deft touches that are exemplary in their own right. On the flipside, some of the instances in the film are very predictable. For example, when Alsi’s man brings in the hashish in the car, and the ambushed foursome catch him, and find stacks of hashish at the base of the car. The dialogues have that touch of the crass Española ways, making it true to the setting. Though the episodes are intriguing, they are way too long. The season could have easily been better structured. However, I will not shy from stating that I do look forward to yet another season of Brigada Costa Del Sol.
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