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No Rest for the Wicked (film)

No Rest for the Wicked
File:No habrá paz para los malvados, film poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Enrique Urbizu
Produced by
  • Álvaro Augustín
  • Gonzalo Salazar-Simpson
Written by
  • Enrique Urbizu
  • Michel Gaztambide
Music by Mario de Benito
Cinematography Unax Mendía
Edited by Pablo Blanco
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release dates
  • November 23, 2011 (2011-11-23) (Spain)
Country Spain
Language Spanish
Box office $5.9 million (Spain)[1]

No Rest for the Wicked (Spanish: No habrá paz para los malvados) is an 2011 Spanish thriller film directed by Enrique Urbizu, written by Urbizu and Michel Gaztambide and starring José Coronado, Juanjo Artero and Helena Miquel.

The film won six Goya Awards, including Best Film, Best Director, Best Original Writing and Best Leading Actor.


Santos Trinidad, a corrupt policeman, goes drinking late at night. After he is thrown out of a bar, he aggressively demands that a waitress at another bar serve him despite the fact that they are closed. The owner attempts to defuse the situation by offering Trinidad a free drink, but he inadvertently offends Trinidad, who breaks his nose. The bouncer draws a pistol, and Trinidad shoots each of them dead. As Trinidad cleans up the evidence, an eyewitness escapes. After Trinidad studies their wallets for clues on the identity of the eyewitness, he destroys all identifying papers.

Chacón and Leiva investigate the crime. Without any way to identify the victims, their investigation proceeds slowly, though they initially suspect a gangland hit. After using the police's resources to identify the witness' license plates, Trinidad searches his apartment and car. Trinidad takes the man's GPS device, which he uses to identify common locations. Though he attempts to disguise himself, he is caught on a surveillance camera. Trinidad later tracks the man down and pursues him to the subway, where he attempts to kill him, only to be stabbed by an accomplice that the witness calls.

Trinidad and Chacón separately come to realize that the murder victims had ties to the Colombian drug cartels. Each seek out Rachid, a police informer who was previously involved with the same groups. Chacón, through her contacts with anti-terrorism intelligence, finds him first. Rachid tells her that his former acquaintances move from drugs to Islamic militancy, though he lost track of where they were based. Chacón questions Trinidad after seeing his egress from the apartment on the apartment complex's surveillance camera, but without any solid evidence she is forced to let him go free.

By threatening Rachid's ex-girlfriend, Trinidad tracks down Rachid, whom he also threatens. Rachid takes Coronado through Madrid, where they attempt to track down the Islamic terrorist cell to which the witness belongs. Meanwhile, the cell purchases and sets a series of bombs in a Madrid shopping mall hidden as fire extinguishers. Trinidad arrives at their headquarters while they place the bombs. Trinidad kills all of the terrorists, including the witness, before they can remotely detonate the bombs. However, he is again stabbed, this time fatally. Chacón and Leiva arrive at the scene after his death. The film ends with several scenes of crowds of people at the mall, none of whom know that the bombs are still active.


  • José Coronado as Santos Trinidad
  • Helena Miquel as Judge Chacón
  • Juanjo Artero as Leiva
  • Rodolfo Sancho as Rodolfo
  • Pedro María Sánchez as Ontiveros
  • Younes Bachir as Rachid
  • Karim El-Kerem as Handsome Guy


Jonathan Holland of Variety called Coronado's performance "grippingly visceral" and described the film as "credible, fast-moving, hard-nosed fare".[2] Deborah Young of The Hollywood Reporter wrote that the film, while conventional, is "a tense, briskly paced genre thriller".[3] Fionnuala Halligan of Screen Daily called it "a deliciously complicated and gritty Spanish thriller".[4]

In March 2012, American actor Sylvester Stallone expressed interest in making an American adaptation of the film.[5]


Organization Award For Result Ref
Goya Awards Best Film Won [6]
Best Director Enrique Urbizu Won
Best Actor José Coronado Won
Best Original Screenplay Enrique Urbizu & Michel Gaztambide Won
Best Editing Pablo Blanco Won
Best Sound Licio Marcos de Oliveira & Ignacio Royo-Villanova Won
Best Original Score Mario de Benito Nominated [7]
Best Supporting Actor Juanjo Artero Nominated
Best Production Supervision Paloma Molina Nominated
Best Cinematography Unax Mendía Nominated
Best Art Direction Antón Laguna Nominated
Best Costume Design Patricia Monné Nominated
Best Makeup and Hairstyles Montse Boqueras, Nacho Díaz, Sergio Pérez Nominated
Best Special Effects Raúl Romanillos, Chema Remacha Nominated
Gaudí Awards Best European Film Nominated [8]


  1. ^ "No habrá paz para los malvados". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  2. ^ Holland, Jonathan (2011-10-03). "Review: 'No Rest for the Wicked'". Variety. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  3. ^ Young, Deborah (2011-09-22). "No Rest for the Wicked: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  4. ^ Halligan, Fionnuala (2011-09-18). "No Rest For The Wicked". Screen Daily. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  5. ^ Johnson, Brian D. (2012-03-06). "In conversation: Sylvester Stallone". Maclean's. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  6. ^ Rolfe, Pamela (2012-02-20). "Enrique Urbizu's 'No Rest for the Wicked' the Big Winner at the Spanish Goya Awards". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  7. ^ Rolfe, Pamela (2012-01-10). "Pedro Almodovar Leads Spanish Goya Nominations". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2015-03-19. 
  8. ^ Antón, Jacinto (2012-01-04). "'Eva' obtiene 16 nominaciones para los Premios Gaudí". El Pais (in Spanish). Retrieved 2015-03-19. 

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