The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part
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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" ...
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.
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.
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.
This is the second in a series of three and the least interesting of them. As the films go on, you start simply waiting for everyone to be killed. Jorge was better as a grungy type with long hair and street clothes: he lacks style in rich trappings. The big heist by a beefy, wordless gang is implausibly professional. The gothic theme seems like a strangely misplaced cameo borrowed from Scarface, or possibly the Addams family, and ending up somehow as a spaghetti western. But the moment you see the lovers smiling at each other from their ambulance stretchers, you know that it has lost the drift and the ending of film three is a shaky fantasy. Check the fringe: it's too much. The film is mostly bloody violence as entertainment, full of anti-heroes, yet, even then, the subtitles tone down some of the language, and it ends up wanting to be mainstream. Once again, it will fill in the time, but maybe Scandi crime is getting guilty of just cashing in now.
A taunt, stylish, tense and riveting crime-thriller. A mesmerizing and electrifying new chapter to this thrilling series. I loved how the films four leads had entirely different story-lines and showing how they were unfolding and seeing how they are trying but not succeeding in bettering their situations. A terrific sequel that has a groove that's all its own with its four leads going in different directions that eventually spins out of control. A razor-sharp and wickedly entertaining edge of your seat crime movie. It's vivid, inventive, utterly cool and very effective. A tough, crackling and well-executed thrill-ride that stands next to the original just fine, its not a superior sequel but works well and adds the right amount of flavor. Director, Babak Najafi brings the characters new challenges and makes you feel more for them and dazzles us with exciting action, tense moments and raw energy. The cast is truly fantastic. Joel Kinnaman is electrifying he is truly on his way stardom, he has the looks, charisma and energy to be one of the greats. Mattias Padin is excellent. Dragomir Mrado is outstanding. Fares Fares is terrific.
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