Los Farad

Los Farad

A handsome production with ultimately unconvincing drama connecting its crime elements

5.7

TV Show

Spain
Spanish
Crime, Drama
2023
Adam Jezierski, Amparo Piñero, Fernando Tejero

TLDR

Answers the age-old riddle of what aerobics class and arms dealing has in common... they both have their guns out.

What it's about

A young aerobics instructor finds himself becoming involved in the dangerous dealings of a wealthy family of arms dealers.

The take

The idea of a fitness instructor suddenly discovering the thrill of selling military armaments is promising in its absurdity, so it's unfortunate that Los Farad doesn't maintain this offbeat sense of humor for too long. It moves relatively quickly into tense criminal activity, but the series isn't able to really capture the magnetic pull that this world of luxury has on protagonist Oskar. Without enough table-setting, the crime family he finds himself becoming a part of can't help but seem ordinary, and the last-minute solutions he finds weaken the urgency of the situations he's in, as cinematic as they appear on screen.

What stands out

Still, the relationship between Oskar (Miguel Herrán) and Sara (Susana Abaitua), the woman he falls in love with who offers him this arms-dealing job, remains intriguing because it's difficult to place how much of it is actual romance and how much of it is more like a business arrangement. There's definitely still chemistry between the two actors, but there's a sense that either character is capable of screwing the other over if things get too dire out in the wild. In the first two episodes watched for this review, it's the unpredictable dynamic between the two that carries everything else on its shoulders.

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