RATS is set in the evolving world of the Czech-Vietnamese meth syndicates which are led by an immigrant mafia, funded by cryptocurrency and monitored by the DEA, (National Anti-Drug Centre of the Czech Republic) who have to change their traditional tactics in order to adapt to the new order. But change begets mistakes, which often cost lives, and nobody wants to end up as a rat for the DEA, but David (Cyril Dobrý) didn’t have a choice. After cracking under the interrogation of Major Jan Blažek (Václav Neužil), spilling the secrets of the syndicate and betraying his best friend, becoming an informant might be his best chance to survive.
Only now he’s being targeted by the police and the mafia, with only the ambitious police analyst Petra Vávrová (Lenka Krobotová) to back him up. In a world where nobody trusts him and he can trust nobody, David is learning to make up the rules as he goes along.
Based on true stories and made in collaboration with the National Anti-Drug Centre of the Czech Republic (DEA), RATS was created and written by talented young Czech screenwriter Miro Šifra (Rédl) and directed by multi award-winning Viktor Tauš (Vodnik, Clownwise, Dom) of Heaven’s Gate and Matěj Chlupáček (Terapie) of Barletta Productions in association with Czech TV and MD4.
RATS is the most mature and interesting series the Czech television has ever produced. It is no longer sufficient to praise it as something unparalleled in the Czech environment; this show stands out beyond its context and circumstances.
Martin Svoboda - DENÍK N
Unlike the way Czech detective series are traditionally perceived, Tauš advocates a good detective story shouldn’t just stimulate the viewer’s curiosity, intellect and craving for suspense; it should also be beautiful to watch. With great confidence, RATS liberates Czech detective story from its dependence on the careful way the genre and the topic have been approached so far.
What sets RATS apart from other crime series is its idiosyncratic artistic rendering. Viktor Tauš surpasses the habitual practices of TV series making with a dose of teasing joy. A western-like feel on deserted small town roadways.
Mirka Spáčilová - MF DNES
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