Easy Money review

Before Daniel Espinosa directed Safe House...

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Joining Scandinavia's impressive array of crime thrillers is Daniel Espinosa’s Easy Money (aka Snabba Cash ): the 2010 film that preceded the Swedish director’s US debut Safe House .

Stockholm-set, it follows poor, money-obsessed business student Johan (Joel Kinnaman), whose shallow double life as a high-society playboy is only supported by his descent into organised crime.

The premise is hardly original and suffers from a story that, by its third act, feels padded out; nonetheless, this is a slick, tense and brutal portrait of a man out of his depth.

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Stephen is a freelance culture journalist specialising in TV and film. He writes regularly for the Guardian, the Daily Telegraph, the i, Radio Times, and WIRED.