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Review: 'Easy Money: Hard To Kill' Starring Joel Kinnaman Is A Worthy If Not Hugely Inventive Sequel

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • February 13, 2014 6:06 PM
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Easy Money: Hard To Kill
We, like a large portion of the rest of the world, really enjoyed the first “Snabba Cash”—retitled in English to the less-memorable “Easy Money”—director Daniel Espinosa’s pulsating Swedish crime film that launched both him and soon-to-be “Robocop” Joel Kinnaman onto our radars. We complimented that film on its “tenacious, shark-like energy” and were cautiously optimistic when its international success warranted a sequel. “Easy Money: Hard To Kill” sees Kinnaman and many members of the original cast return, but this time with Babak Najafi in the director’s chair instead of Espinosa. The result is a film that does honor to its predecessor by expanding the narrative universe a small degree, but never quite managing to pull a “Godfather II” on it. Still, it’s a sequel that, over a tighter running time, kicks against the law of diminishing returns, and only succumbs to it after a fight.

Exclusive: Joel Kinnaman Confronts A Thief In Clip From 'Easy Money: Hard To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 12, 2014 2:17 PM
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Easy Money: Hard To Kill
While today in multiplexes around the country, Joel Kinnaman is suiting up as the crime-fighting "RoboCop," in limited release or just in the comfort of your own home, you'll be able to catch the actor taking care of business in a wholly different way with "Easy Money: Hard To Kill." The sequel to his breakout film "Easy Money" (which also put director Daniel Espinosa on the map) is coming to America, and Kinnaman will be (reluctantly) on the wrong side of the law.

Watch: Joel Kinnaman Gets Back In The Crime Game With U.S. Trailer & Poster For 'Easy Money: Hard To Kill'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 17, 2014 4:18 PM
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Next month, on the same weekend, you'll get to see two different sides to Joel Kinnaman. In the big budget Hollywood remake of "RoboCop," he'll be suited up to fight crime and take out bad guys all while soundtrack to some awful rawk riffs. Meanwhile, in the foreign thriller "Easy Money: Hard To Kill," he'll be on the other side of the law, deep in the drug game. And Kinnaman is a bit more interesting as a morally complicated man than an indestructible heroic cop.

Watch: Trailers For 'Snabba Cash' Sequels 'Hard To Kill' & 'Life Deluxe'; Cinedigm To Release Both In 2014

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 1, 2013 1:56 PM
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While it became a massive sensation in its native Sweden and helped launch the careers of director Daniel Espinosa ("Safe House") and star Joel Kinnaman ("RoboCop," "The Killing"), after all the hype and buzz following its Berlin Film Festival premiere, "Snabba Cash" aka "Easy Money" didn't quite land the same way stateside. Even with the powers of Harvey Weinstein, who got his old pal Martin Scorsese to lend his name to "Present" the movie, not many folks went to check out the sleek little crime thriller. But overseas, the franchise kept going, spawning two sequels and for those of you curious about the further saga of Johan 'JW' Westlund, the good news is those follow-ups are still coming our way.

Göteborg Review: 'Easy Money/Snabba Cash II' Is A Worthy If Not Hugely Inventive Sequel

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • January 28, 2013 11:05 AM
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We, like a large portion of the rest of the world, really enjoyed the first “Snabba Cash” -- retitled in English to the less-memorable “Easy Money” -- director Daniel Espinosa’s pulsating Swedish crime film that launched both him and soon-to-be “Robocop” Joel Kinnaman onto our radars. We complimented that film on its “tenacious, shark-like energy” and were cautiously optimistic when its international success warranted a sequel.

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