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Review – Swedish Film EASY MONEY on DVD!

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Anchor Bay Entertainment and The Weinstein Company will release the DVD version of the Swedish language film “Easy Money” on Tuesday, March 26th.  The award-winning international thriller follows the same path as the highly acclaimed “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”  The stylish “Easy Money” is based on the novel by Jens Lapidus, and will be available with English subtitles for the estimated standard retail price of $24.98.  The film reaches into the depths of Stockholm’s underworld to show the brutality involved between rival criminal organizations and the lengths at which they will go to expand their respective empires.

The film opens with a prison break of Chilean drug runner Jorge Salinas Barrio (well-played by actor Matias Varela.) Jorge is highly knowledgeable in the cocaine drug trade business. He plans on taking revenge on those individuals who snitched on him, among them Yugoslavian mafia boss Radovan Kranjic.

Jump to, Johan “JW” Westlund (actor Joel Kinnaman,) a promising Stockholm School of Economics student who leads a double life flaunting his “apparent” wealth in Swedish high society, while illegally driving a taxi for a cab stand which is a front for a criminal organization. A romance with the upper class girl Sophie leads to him being enticed into the world of organized crime. Abdulkarim, who is running the taxi business, offers JW a job in helping him set up accounts to launder money for his growing cocaine business.

Mrado Slovovic (actor Dragomir Mric,) a hitman who runs errands for the Yugoslavian mafia, is sent by Radovan on a mission to take care of Jorge. At the same time he has to struggle with taking care of his eight-year-old daughter, who he is forced to take with him on his job because the mother is in drug rehab.

These three characters cross paths through their dreams about quick earnings with JW caught smack in the middle.  The conflict is strongest with JW trying to maintain his relationship with Sophie, and his duty to Abdulkarim. Due to some unfortunate set of circumstances JW forms an uneasy relationship with Jorge and Mrado.  Pressure from all sides takes its toll on JW who values family and life above the killing and darkness of organized crime.  He is inevitably pushed to the edge, but what will be sacrificed in the outcome?

Actor Joel Kinnaman does a terrific job of portraying “JW.”  He carries the shame of being raised poor with aspirations of making himself a wealthy and legitimate businessman.  Taking a get rich quick shortcut by forming ties through the criminals running the cab stand weighs heavily upon him.  Kinnaman’s character grows increasingly restless and paranoid as he is pulled deeper into the underworld. He drinks to calm his nerves but it only serves to make matters worse.

The Swedish crime/drama film entitled “Snabba cash” was released on January 15, 2010.  Under the English title “Easy Money,” the film will arrive on DVD on March 26th.  The film stars Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni, Mahmut Suvakci, Jones Danko, Lea Stojanov, Dejan Cukic, Miodrag Stojanovic, Joel Spira, Christian Hillborg, Annika Ryberg Whittembury, Fares Fares, Sasa Petrovic, Alexander Silfverskiöld, Alexander Stocks, Camilo Alanis, Jürgen Uter, Godehard Giese, Maxim Kovalevski, Dag Malmberg, and Tone Helly-Hansen. Maria Karlsson wrote the screenplay in collaboration with Daniél Espinosa, Hassan Loo Sattarvandi, and Fredrik Wikström, which is based on the novel Snabba Cash by Jens Lapidus.  Daniél Espinosa directs.

Here’s a clip from the film.

Sources: Anchor Bay Entertainment, The Weinstein Company, IMDb