Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2014)
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Former business student JW is serving time for drug smuggling as Jorge flees Switzerland following a botched drug deal, and finds himself on the run from Mahmud, who has targeted him for death in a bid to settle a sizable debt with feared Serbian crime-boss Radovan. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
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Thin, intense and yet somehow cool, Kinnaman is on his way to stardom, and it's easy to see how these movies gave him lift off. This is a tough, crackling crime story, well-executed and tense throughout.
A deep pool of underworld characters and a focus on multicultural tensions in Stockholm lend crime drama some added interest in "Easy Money: Hard to Kill" ...
Because JW isn't the strutting, duplicitous peacock he was in the first movie, the role isn't as rewarding this time out.
Though "Hard to Kill" forges new ground on the rich character histories developed in the first film, they feel like a random trio assigned the same punishment whose lives eventually intersect - and as such, the emotional moments never land.
Najafi stages action scenes with an intense, queasy beauty and elevates what is in its outlines a routine crime drama to near-operatic proportions ...
Babak Najafi's film weaves together all these threads, crafting a desperate narrative with violence as the inevitable outcome.
The picture isn't radically inventive; [but] it's taut and vivid. The grimy window it opens onto a desperate, dangerous lifestyle makes viewers feel like accomplices.
[S]uffers by comparison [to the original]... How Kinnaman plays JW's devastation, as seething, mounting rage, is the best thing about [it].
...Easy Money: Hard To Kill does what sequels should-it widens the thematic playing area of the tale told so far, even while thinning out the cast further, and it makes us look forward, with only slightly tempered expectations, to installment 3.
Given the substance that was already inherent in the material, it seems wasteful for the filmmakers to discard it for the sake of one more guns-cocked standoff.
Easy Money: Hard To Kill is a safe follow-up for fans of the original, bringing back familiar characters while mirroring the same thrilling tone.
Its combination of grit and fatalism won't be to all tastes, but it's a refreshing alternative to the bigger-is-way-better swamp in which most Hollywood crime movies are mired.
'Hard to Kill' lacks the minimal personality that director Daniel Espinosa brought to the first. [...] This is mostly spinning plates, as well as spinning wheels.
Much like the original film, there's genuine emotion mixed in with the carnage, always concentrating on the internalized rumble of the participants as they face a grim future.
There's something depressingly schematic about the way director Babak Najafi, replacing prior helmsman Daniel Espinosa, crosscuts among the mad scrambles of his down-on-their-luck protagonists.
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