Anatomy of Evil is a thriller centered around the mysterious assassination of a chief of police, and a penetrating look at a reality where good counts for nothing and evil is the reference point.
‘Lulek’(Krzysztof Stroiński) is a contract killer released conditionally from prison. The prosecutor responsible for his arrest now makes Lulek an offer he cannot refuse. In exchange for a big payout, a clean record, and the chance to leave the country freely, Lulek has to kill the commandant of the Central Investigation Bureau.
The assassin gets help from Staszek (Marcin Kowalczyk), a sniper dismissed from the army after being turned into a scapegoat and blamed for a failed mission in Afghanistan. Posing as a counterintelligence agent, Lulek makes Staszek believe that he was chosen for a special mission which, if done properly, will allow him to return to the army.
While preparing the mission, Staszek becomes suspicious about Lulek’s true intentions. Meanwhile, the prosecutor pushes Lulek to proceed faster. A deadly countdown begins.
Jacek Bromski, the author of Kill Me, Cop (1987) based Anatomy of Evil on his own script. He was quoted as saying: ‘I believe that in terms of film workshop this is my most mature film’. Apart from Stroiński and Kowalczyk the cast includes Piotr Głowacki, Andrzej Seweryn, Anna Dereszowska, Łukasz Simlat, Michalina Olszańska, Krzysztof Czeczot, and Magdalena Kuta. Bromski defines the cast as one of the greatest aspects of the film.
The director explained his idea in the following manner:
Despite the fact that the storyline and the protagonists of Anatomy of Evil were invented for the film, many occurrences may resemble authentic happenings, including the assassination of General Papała or Nangar Khel in Afghanistan, where Polish soldiers were accused of having committed war crimes. The film is set in contemporary Poland. I meant to show that the world changes incredibly fast. Good is no longer a topic that interests the media and bad has become the point of reference. The worst thing of all is that we perceive this situation as normal.
When asked about reasons for creating another action film, he responded:
As a filmmaker I am very lucky – I can do films that I want, that suit my temporary moods. As a man who likes other people and a natural-born optimist I prefer comedies, but sometimes circumstances force me to different reactions.
Anatomy of Evil, Poland 2015. Dir.: Jacek Bromski. Script: Jacek Bromski. Cinematography: Michał Englert. Music: Luděk Dřízhal. Scenography: Grzegorz Piątkowski. Cast: Krzysztof Stroiński (‘Lulek’), Marcin Kowalczyk (Sgt. Stanisław Waśko), Michalina Olszańska (Halina), Piotr Głowacki (prosecutor), Andrzej Seweryn (Roman Szerepeta), and others.
Produced by: Jacek Bromski Produkcja Filmowa. Colour. 117 min.
Source: press materials, translated by: Antoni Wiśniewski, February 2016