Braquo is the story of a group of Paris police officers caught up in an escalating web of coverups and corruption. Max, Eddy, Theo, Walter, and Roxanne are elite members of the police force. They operate in that area where the lines between the police and the criminals are sometimes murky. Unlike what we would call a "Vice Squad" here in the U.S., this small group of plainclothes officers deal with crimes from prostitution all the way to homicide. Their methods, some of which bend the law itself, are very effective. They are good at what they do. And they get the job done, that others could not. As such, they are the tools that are not appreciated, or acknowledged, but are considered to be necessary for the fight against crime. They're tough, street-smart, and dedicated.
The story starts off with Max interrogating a rape suspect. Unable to get a confession out of the suspect, Max loses his temper and stabs the suspect in the eye. The suspect, Bennaissa, is taken to the hospital, Max is taken into custody. Internal Affairs proceeds with an inquiry into Max's conduct and history. Dismissal seems inevitable. Which would mean losing his pension. During the inquiry, Max commits suicide. Max was dismissed from service, posthumously. Because of the circumstances, Max's family are denied his pension. His squad reasoned out that if they could make Bennaissa recant his testimony and retract his charges, Max would be reinstated posthumously, and the family would become eligible for pension. They then formulate a plan to sneak Bennaissa, the rape suspect, out of police custody and convince him to recant his testimony against Max. Wearing masks and armed with shotguns, they sneak into the hospital and kidnap Bennaissa. The plan was to scare him into agreeing to take back his testimony against Max, and then return him back to the hospital. They take him to a vacant area outside of the city limits and proceeds to try to intimidate him into retracting his statements, as well as naming his accomplices in the rape. Just as before, Bennaissa proves to be stubborn and refuses to cooperate. Theo, high on drugs, loses his temper and shoots the suspect in the head. Now, the group will have to find a way to coverup the mess.
With an equally corrupt Internal Affairs officer hot on their trail, it is all the four could do to stay one step ahead. This is a story where all of the characters are grey and suitably complex. Those who enjoy HBO's "Game of Thrones" will enjoy this French import. Needless to say, this is for mature audiences only. Highly recommended.