Easy Money: Hard to Kill Is Accidentally Fascinating

<I>Easy Money: Hard to Kill</I> Is Accidentally Fascinating

Structurally ambitious but otherwise familiar, Easy Money: Hard to Kill frustrates as only untapped potential can.

Helmed by Babak Najafi, this sequel to Easy Money again features Joel Kinnaman as JW, a Gatsby-esque striver who sees organized crime as the means to climbing the social ladder.

Just paroled, JW has created trading software that he and his wealthy business partner, Nippe (Joel Spira), are about to sell to a bank — until Nippe steals the program, sending JW back to a life of crime.

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Cinema Village

22 E. 12th St.
New York, NY 10003

Category: Movie Theaters

Region: East Village

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Easy Money: Hard to Kill
Directed by Babak Najafi
Cinedigm
Opens February 14, Cinema Village
Available on demand



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The multifaceted plot also concerns two other gangsters — Mahmoud (Fares Fares) and Jorge (Matias Varela) — and these three men, all earning sympathy, will fight over the same pieces of underworld pie.

Highly class conscious, Easy Money is at its best when observing an ironic relationship between criminal and upper classes — gangsters may engage in betrayal, but the rich make it an art.

Mahmoud and Jorge are not ethnic Swedes, and their financial struggles are highlighted against a homogenous country in which breeding factors highly in success.

Yet these sociological details are minimized in a story of heists gone wrong and right, and while Najafi gets leverage out of pitting his three protagonists against one another — whom to root for when they're all equally sympathetic? — he squanders an opportunity for a more observant character study.

Instead we're given a boatload of action sequences, each as familiar as the one prior. Not fully understanding its own merits, Easy Money is accidentally fascinating in some moments, but purposefully formulaic in many more.

 
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