Watching Snabba Cash (Easy Money)
Date: 8/26/2012 7:33:00 AM
Netflix Summary: Author Jens Lapidus's riveting crime thriller hits the screen with its intricate story about three criminals whose lives collide as they try to make it big. The deadly chain of events is initiated by escaped con Jorge (Matias Padin), who's battling the Serbian mob. Jorge's scheme to steal a fortune in cocaine is abetted by impoverished con artist J.W. (Joel Kinnaman) and enforcer Mrado (Dragomir Mrsic). But can they win their high-stakes game?
Snabba Cash reinvents Swedish gangster flicks. For one, the filmmakers have done away with obligatory policeman. The usual gangster twists and turns are as good as you expect, but what makes this film so good to watch is the life of the characters outside the gangster scenario.
The heavy-handed overt symbolism in dialogues – like the one describing a child get split in two by the lift moving suddenly – could have been avoided. But about everything else about the film is perfect. JW stitching buttons on his shirt to make his wardrobe look bigger, Mrado trying his best to shield his 8-year-old daughter from his life in crime and Jorge resisting his wish to place others ahead of himself.
Joel Kinnaman is perfectly cast as the anti-hero unable to find a strong footing in the crime world, but Dragomir’s tremendous screen presence steals the show from him – he looks bowed down by the weight of his daughter, wanting a way out. Mataias Padin's Jorge looks extremely believable. The filmmakers know how to get sympathy for the characters - and how to rip them apart. Lisa Henni looks clueless, biting her lip all the time - seriously, why did no one ask her to stop!
Stockholm never looked this dark. More a tragic neo-noir, than a gangster-action flick. Must watch.