Easy Money

August 16, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Posted in 2012 | Leave a comment

◊ ◊ ½

This Swedish film from 2010 has just earned a U.S. release because of the sudden fame of its lead actor, Joel Kinnaman (who has gained some notoriety over here for his acclaimed role in the TV show, “The Killing,” and who is about to become a huge star as the lead in the new “Robocop” remake).  So, thinking he could cash in on that, Scorsese picked up the film for distribution.  It does make sense, though; this is a very Scorsese film about drugs, money, betrayal and violence.  Kinnaman plays J.W. and young cabbie in business school who has wormed his way into hanging out with the cultural elite by pretending to be one of them.  Now, he’s in love and afraid she’ll find out the truth.  What’s a boy to do when an opportunity for big money comes along?  Well… you can probably imagine.  The story has plenty of twists and turns and double crosses as it does a fairly good job of building tension towards the inevitable explosion but this is not an American film and how things end up is not so easy to guess.  The film was a bit slow to start (and in patches throughout, but only by U.S. standards).  The momentum built nicely and I felt invested in several key characters, some with conflicting interests.  So, overall, it was a good solid film.  The only reason it is not higher on my list is that I have seen many others like it.  In the end it didn’t do much to surprise me.  Btw- the Swedish name was “Snabba Cash;” I find myself just saying that name over and over.


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