By Joe Cunningham | The Playlist June 15, 2012 at 11:45AM
Daniel Espinosa’s “Snabba Cash” (or “Easy Money” as it’s called in English-speaking territories) was released almost two and a half years ago in its native Sweden, but it will finally get its U.S. release on the July 27th. Snapped up by The Weinstein Company after its premiere at the Berlin Film Festival two years ago, Bob and Harvey have been sat on the film ever since. But this wasn’t without reason. Never ones to miss a trick, TWC waited until the film’s director had a significantly higher profile following this year's “Safe House” to announce a release date. It probably didn’t hurt either that the film’s star, Joel Kinnaman, has popped up in “Safe House,” “The Killing” and “The Darkest Hour” since as well. Oh, and he was also cast as the new “Robocop.”
While that all undoubtedly will give the film a boost ahead of its U.S. release, this latest development will do a whole lot more indeed. Martin Scorsese has agreed to lend his name to the Swedish crime thriller by "presenting" the film. So expect to see Scorsese’s name plastered all over the film’s marketing material, probably in a significantly larger font that will adorn “from the director of Safe House.”
“I was deeply impressed by Daniel Espinosa’s 'Easy Money' – by the harsh, elemental style, which reflects the milieu and the lives of the characters; by the powerful sense of fate, of well-meaning people who take one wrong turn and end up paying a terrible price; by the frightening and surprising evolution of the hero. 'Easy Money' is a tough story and a film to be reckoned with,” said Scorsese.
And we have to agree. We caught the film at TIFF back in 2010 and said it was "an absorbing story told like it has electricity pumping through its veins. The narrative pulses forward and the picture often smolders with intensity." It's easy to see why the film was a calling card for the Espinosa, so be sure to check it out when it opens next month. Watch the trailer below. [Deadline]