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Easy Money (2010)
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When JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge.

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JW
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Jorge (as Matias Padin Varela)
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Mahmut Suvakci ...
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Jones Danko ...
Fahdi
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Miodrag Stojanovic ...
Nenad
Joel Spira ...
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Jet Set Carl
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Hamdisa Causevic ...
Sasa Petrovic ...
Stefanovic
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Storyline

When JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafia and the police, and mafia enforcer Mrado, who is on the hunt for Jorge.

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Rated R for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality | See all certifications »
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15 January 2010 (Sweden)  »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$24,684 (USA) (13 July 2012)

Gross:

$188,870 (USA) (7 September 2012)
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Dragomir Mrsic is not a trained actor, but is actually a former bank robber. See more »

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Before the scene where Mrado is assaulting Jorge in the woods, JW is seen walking past Mrado's car. When he walks past the car you can clearly see the camera-team visible for a short second. See more »

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Naive business student learns the hard way that an illegal business has different characteristics than a legal one
30 June 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

In this neo-noir, a poor, naive, Swedish business student who wants money, if only to be able to romance a rich girl and hold his head high among her set and parents, uses his knowledge of banking to get in cahoots with a gang that's trying to make it in the drug business in Sweden. This gang is Muslim-Albanian, and the "hero" (Joel Kinnaman) cements his entry by saving one of its key figures (Matias Varela) from death at the hands of a rival Serbian gang, represented mainly by Dragomir Mrsic.

The script, whether intentionally or not, brings out, although it could have gone even more deeply into this, that in the nature of it, an illegal business differs vastly from a legal business. Kinnaman does not realize this. He goes at it with the more or less standard values of cooperation and trust. He finds out that this simply does not work. Much of the story is about the hot water he finds himself in as the competing gangs move forward toward the importation of a cocaine shipment. Before the movie is over, he doesn't know whom to trust or how exactly to extricate himself or deal with the criminal minds that he is involved with.

The movie goes out of its way to humanize the criminals and introduce in the viewer ambiguous feelings toward the criminals, so that the naive viewer will also be having reactions that to some extent mirror those of Kinnaman. A more experienced viewer will step back and realize what makes a bad guy a bad guy, and that a bad guy can be just as charming or treat his dog just as kindly as a good guy.

The acting was good. The story telling was a bit demanding at first. The viewer is not spoon fed. This added to the movie, I think.

My main criticism is that the "hero" was too naive and/or too paralyzed to know what to do. The script recognized this and tried to foreclose the most obvious lever at his disposal, which was the bank laundering arrangement that he had provided the gang.

I thought that the script was ambitious, took some risks, and had some novelty. That and the acting make this a pretty good film.


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