Smooth Czech thriller “The New Breed” is a dense tale of gangland murder in early ’90s Prague. Based loosely on real events, pic tracks a team of thugs including a bent cop, that does away with foes then dumps the bodies in Orlik Reservoir. Pic paints a lack of morals among the rising middle class, post-Velvet Revolution, with a light, observant touch. Nevertheless, veteran tube and movie helmer Jiri Svoboda’s “Breed” may be too inward-looking to spawn bookings beyond Central Europe.
Crooked S.W.A.T.-team cop Hrubes (Michal Dlouhy, strong) becomes the accomplice of assassin Krizek (Jan Dolansky) when the latter snuffs the mobster Hrubes is meant to be guarding. This begins an increasingly profitable alliance when the pair hooks up with businessman Vychodil (Jan Vondracek) who wants to start a brothel. With others’ help, the team whacks more folk for a mixture of personal and business reasons before the good cops begin pursuit. Twists, such as Hrubes getting paralyzed in a car accident — presumably inspired by a real case — add surprises no screenwriter would dare make up. Tech credits have top-drawer TV movie sheen, but serve well.