Series Review: Sky Rojo (2021)

Certificate: 18

Director: David Victori

Screenwriter: Javier Gómez Santander, Esther Martínez Lobato

Starring: Verónica Sánchez, Miguel Ángel Silvestre, Asier Etxeandia

Genre: Action, Crime

No. of Episodes: 8

Runtime/Episode: 30 mins

Language: Spanish

Rating: 4 Stars

Reviewed by: Pearl

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Coral, Wendy and Gina, three sex workers in Tenerife, go on the run in search of freedom while being chased by Romeo, their pimp from Las Novias Club, and his henchmen, Moises and Christian. – From IMDB

From the creators of the Netflix smash ‘Money Heist’ come this new and addictive thriller with some unlikely heroines and more drama and plot twists than you can throw a stick at. If you are looking for the more sex positive angle we got in, for example, ‘Hustlers’ this is not going to be for you.  We are exposed right from the very get go, to the violence and abuse of Spain’s thriving sex trade, so if that is something that you are sensitive to, please be warned that this show does not pull it’s punches with it’s content.

The strongest aspect of this series are it’s three leading ladies.  All three of them have some heavy scenes to carry, and their fantastic chemistry together on screen as well as their excellent acting makes the whole thing a joy to watch.  There is a strong theme of female empowerment and female friendship throughout the series that is really needed in more thrillers.  Alas though, some of the more minor characters cannot be praised so highly.  The two brothers who are chasing them are almost comedic in their bickering and bumbling.  And whether or not that was intentional, it comes across as a poor attempt to make them more likeable, and to humanise them, when it fact, it just meant that they annoyed me every time they were on screen.  And they were given a lot of screen time.

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There is a great balance of humour and drama, but when the drama hits it comes in a tidal wave.  Intense violence, absolute chaos and a lot of blood and torture, mean that this show definitely isn’t for those faint of heart.  But the moments of friendship or humour help to balance it out.  I liked also that we got flashbacks.  Not a lot, just enough to know what has lead our heroines to take the actions that they took.  What has made them who they are and their relationships with the people around them.  It makes them into much more fully developed characters.

Much better than I was expecting and darker than I was expecting as well, this will have you gripped from the first episode, and the action doesn’t let up once.

‘Sky Rojo’ is streaming on Netflix Now.

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