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A three-tiered story centered around drugs and organized crime, and focused on a young man who becomes a runner for a coke dealer.
Daniel Espinosa's "Snabba Cash" starts the three-part-crime-trilogy which is based on the novels by Jens Lapidus. At first I must admit that I haven't read the novel so I can't compare this to it but on the other hand, I don't even want to. Literature and film making share some same elements but when you really think about it, they are too different formats - when you watch a film, you want to see what happens and you want to think how it is made but when you read book, you have to imagine everything.
I had some troubles with the story when it started because I couldn't connect to who was who and what was happening but pretty soon…
Good performances all around, though the lead is a little flat at times. Nicely shot but overall there is nothing new to be found at all. Also, it's not good when you're more invested in both of the supporting character's stories than the main guy's story. Oh well..
Superbly exciting crime thriller, based on the best-selling novel with the same name, by Swedish author and attorney Jens Lapidus. It's an engrossing story, where we follow the lives of three men - all from different cultures, but whose illegal activities bring them together at various points throughout the film. Mainly, however, it concerns the fascinating double life of Johan "JW" Westlund; an economics student who lives a luxurious life in the social spheres of the upper class elite, and pays for it by doing crime on the side.
Joel Kinnaman, who is best known outside the borders of Sweden for his role in The Killing, does an excellent job with the character, making him believable and incredibly interesting, as…
Very good underworld crime film with a great performance by Joel Kinnaman. Looking forward to the sequel but not the American remake.
Easy Money is a slow paced, well acted and realistic crime drama that presents Stockholm well enough, but other than these aspects Easy Money is boring, dull and disjointed and this doesn't particularly create a good film for me.
There is an incoherent plot and the whole film feels tired. In all honesty, I was tired at the end of it because well, it's not interesting, exciting and it's exploration of masculinity and dependency are all wafer thin.
Easy Money is not an impressive film although it has impressive elements which are used in completely the wrong way unfortunately.
The Swedish crime thriller Easy Money is a hard film to digest, because there's really not that much there to grasp onto. It's biggest problem is that it focuses too hard on it's thematic weight that it ends up being incredibly dull with the actual content which conveys it's themes. The narrative seemed way too over-cooked, the characters were unlikable and in the end it just feels like a weaker version of film you've seen before. About quarter of the way in I felt like it was going somewhere interesting, Joel Kinnaman was perfectly good in the lead and the story seemed engrossing, but unfortunately it ended up trying too hard on the broader elements while completely forgetting to make the film entertaining.
Here are three characters in the multi-ethnic Stockholm underworld, each with his own murky idea of ethical behavior, each with his own personal reason for trying to do the right thing, even if that thing might seem immoral to others — and even, of course, if it is illegal.
This tangle of motivations makes "Easy Money" one of the most involving of the many first-rate thrillers that have come recently from Scandinavia. It has additional interest because it stars Joel Kinnaman, known to American TV audiences as the star of AMC's "The Killing." Kinnaman, who is seamlessly multilingual, has been signed to star in a forthcoming remake of "Robocop," and seems on the brink of stardom.
In the movie, he…
Director of "Safe House" brings his look at the drug trade in Sweden. Somewhere between the raw "Pusher" trilogy and the epic "Drug War". If it seems too good to be true it probably is. A man with no family tries to make it into the 1% with drugs.
The Talented Mister Ripley meets Layer Cake in a crime thriller with above-average performances, cinematography and editing compensating for a somewhat uninspired script.
Joel Kinnaman's "JW" is a cipher, a penniless business school student struggling to keep up appearances with his wealthy classmates at all costs. His few relationships are superficial, deceitful or both, and are contingent (at least in his own estimation) on continued access to cash. When illegal but lucrative opportunities beckon, JW's willingness to commit himself is entirely plausible. (Less so is the overall plotting, which leans heavily on tropes like the career criminal who literally needs "one last job" before getting out of the life.)
Decent enough thriller for me to want to seek out the sequel.
A smart, affecting, slow burn of a movie, a spectacular example of Nordic noir.
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Good movie portraying how easy one can stumble into organized crime and how bad it can turn
Easy Money (aka Snabba Cash) was really good, I can definitely understand why it became the breakout hit that got careers for Daniel Espinosa and Joel Kinnaman. Martin Scorsese liked it so much that he put his name on as producer and got it distribution in the states, but it's still sorely underseen and deserves a wider audience because it's a gripping thriller that puts character above everything else which is a rarity in the modern day. Centering around three guys whose lives become intertwined when one of them breaks out of prison, the script gives all three plenty of depth to make them living, breathing human beings which raises the stakes when their paths collide in the final act.…
Forgettable movie, not very intriguing, the book was way better.
You know all the clichés.
At least it had some enjoyable cool scenes never before seen in Swedish cinema.
I do not need to see any more violent movies that use nothing but handheld shots to deliver the intimate tales of criminals going for big payoffs.
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