Review by Alexander Dunerfors
"Easy Money II" pull down the criminal trio further down in the muck than ever before. As an audience, just thank and receive. Nye director glosses over its predecessor’s any mistakes, raise the bar for what was already good, and gives Stockholm Noir Trilogy a fierce and well-nigh perfect mittenakt.
Original trio is back. Do not hold your thumbs if you hoped to see new characters from Jens Lapidus’ Easy Money ‘sequel’ Never fucka up. “ The books are mostly as loose inspiration when the film series will now have its own life, where we still hang with wannabe Brat JW, drug trafficker Jorge and the Serbian torpedo Mrado.
Some springs have passed since the last time. JW has a business proposal that will make him rich, Jorge smuggled in white powder that will make him even richer. Mrado while nice time in prison with the chess game of waiting to see his daughter. They have matured and grown into the roles, printed away much of their sympathetic sides, but also shines through in a few powerful scenes. They have been colored by their environment and past experience. Tuffat thereto.
It brightens the horizon, but in this world are no happy endings. Soon they are all involved in the nasty business that once again force them to dirty shirt.
The mood remains dark, bleak and hopeless to the last frame. ”Easy Money II” is not an uplifting film, it pulled us further into the abyss along with these characters, where we are up close to experience the violence and desperation.Where drugs and guns are commonplace, cash is king and all can be bought or pushed almost without warning. There, relationships, friendship and loyalty all too easily be sacrificed for some lättförtjänade dollars. There, a successful business can fulfill the dream of a new life, while the way there transforms otherwise reasonably decent mobsters into monsters.
Unexpectedly, profound it becomes. As expected, the director of ”Sebbe” is the drama that is in focus. Gangsters have feelings, they, and not just expect pangpang nonstop has a strong emotional experience to look forward to. It makes the actors - especially Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela and Madeleine Martin (as a Russian whore on the run with Jorge) - a superb job of making us feel for them and with them. The characters brighter and Babak Najafi person directing may be sharp role interpretations of the vast majority.
This is an environment that felt a bit svåraccepterad last time, even klyschig for oinsatt, and also this time I hear the words “I’ll fuck your mother’s neighbor’s goat” one time too many. Are people talking like that? In addition to the kids on the subway late one Saturday night, I mean? I could also be done just fine without Fares Fares story. He has advanced from a supporting role to become the fourth leading part, but also had a story that rarely make - and so no further Mahmoud nice guy either. JW and Jorge have at least their motives, if you’ve seen ”Easy Money” (and it should of course be done before this).
Just an aside in this context.
On the whole, this depiction of Stockholm backs almost perfection. It has learned from its mistakes in “Easy Money”, raised the intensity and turned up what was already good, and created a sequel that is so rare that better than number one. Just wait until Martin Scorsese sees this.
Jens Jonsson takes on the third and final film, providing a streamlined cast one last chance for revenge in the community. He has big shoes to fill. But also every chance to tie together this brutal sack with a badass-final in the world. Feel no pressure …