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The New Breed

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. Helmer Jiri Svoboda's "Breed" may be too inward-looking to spawn bookings beyond Central Europe.

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With: Michal Dlouhy, Jan Dolansky, Richard Krajco, Alice Vesela, Lucie Benesova, Dusan Urban, Pavel Reznicek, Lubos Vesely, Jan Vondracek, Dusan Skubal, Petr Motloch, Jiri Kodes.

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.

The New Breed

Czech Republic

Production: A Czech Television production. (International sales: Monte Christo Entertainment, New York.) Produced by Hana Bila. Directed, written by Jiri Svoboda.

Crew: Camera (color), Martin Sacha; editor, Adam Dvorak; music, Jiri Chlumecky; production designer, Karel Vacek; costume designer, Alena Schaferova. Reviewed at Karlovy Vary Film Festival (Czech Films), July 5, 2005. Running time: 129 MIN.

With: With: Michal Dlouhy, Jan Dolansky, Richard Krajco, Alice Vesela, Lucie Benesova, Dusan Urban, Pavel Reznicek, Lubos Vesely, Jan Vondracek, Dusan Skubal, Petr Motloch, Jiri Kodes.

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