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Easy Money
Reviewed by
Simon Black
on
Easy Money DVD Review Easy Money is, like its leading man, a class act from start to finish.† The pacing is perfect and the cinematography intense and immersive, without relying on too much of that jittery hand-held bullshit that wrecked the second and third Bourne films.†
Rating:
4.0

Feature 8.5
Video 9.0
Audio 9.0
Special features   0.0
Total 8.0
Distributor: Madman
Running Time: 119 min
Reviewer: Simon Black
Classification
: MA15+

8.0

 
Easy Money

Iím not sure what the Laplanders have been sprinkling on their Weetbix of late, but the Nordic lands have been churning out hit after hit these part few years - Let the Right One In, Headhunters, Troll Hunter, a certain trilogy about a girl with a tattoo - that Hollywood is falling over itself to remake.  Easy Money is a stylish crime drama that is also, like the majority of the above, based on a highly-regarded novel and now slated for a reimagining at the hands of the Yanks. 

A brilliant university student of lowly origins, JW (Joel Kinnaman) works like a dog to allow himself to hobnob intermittently with his clique of wealthy, jetsetting friends.  During one such ritzy soiree at a country manor he becomes besotted with Sophie (newcomer Lisa Henni), the girlfriend of a wealthy chum.  Desperate to maintain his facade as a cashed-up playboy, JW turns to his boss at the taxi company he works for, a crooked Serb with ties to organised crime, and lets it be known heís willing to do almost anything for a sizable payday.  Following these brash assertions he promptly becomes embroiled in a war between Yugoslavian drug lords to control an impending shipment of cocaine worth millions, and as the pressure builds the hapless Lap chap will need to muster all his wits to escape with his life, let alone a cut of the profits and the ability to shower his blonde beau with caviar, metaphorically speaking. 

Easy Money is, like its leading man, a class act from start to finish.  The pacing is perfect and the cinematography intense and immersive, without relying on too much of that jittery hand-held bullshit that wrecked the second and third Bourne films.  But itís the performances that really lift the piece from the ranks of another above average European crime drama to the status of world class thriller.  Kinnaman is still fairly obscure at this stage but clearly destined for great things: in 2010 he signed with Johnny Deppís agent and is scheduled to star in the impending Robocop remake alongside veterans Gary Oldman, Samuel L. Jackson and Michael Keaton.  The ensemble cast of relative unknowns that play opposite him are also universally brilliant - names like Matias Padin Varela and Mahmut Suvakci might not mean much to the average cinemagoer, but these guys do a fantastic job of bringing their gritty underground milieu to life, and look convincingly menacing whilst going about it.  Stylishly executed, superbly directed, and one heck of a wild ride. 

Bonus Features

None unfortunately: Easy Money is bare bones.






 
 



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