Easy Money

July 11th 2012
  • Action/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 124 min,
  • The Weinstein Company
  • Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa Henni, Mahmut Suvakci, Jones Danko, Lea Stojanov, Dejan Cukic, Miodrag Stojanovic, Joel Spira, Christian Hillborg, Annika Ryberg Whittembury, Fares Fares, Hamdisa Causevic, Sasa Petrovic, Alexander Silfverskiold, Alexander Stocks, Camilo Alanis, Jorgen Uter, Godehard Giese, Maxim Kovalevski, Dag Malmberg, Tone Helly-Hansen, Andrea Edwards, Monica Albornoz, Jan Waldekranz, Luis Cifuentes, Hugo Ruiz, David Marteng, Peter Andersson, Joakim Radvanovic, Anders Nystrom, Ulla Svedin, Vuksan Rovcanin, Christopher Wagelin, Dzakovic Prvoslav Gane, Edin Bajric, Zoran Milosevic
  • Director: Daniel Espinosa
  • Writers: Jens Lapidus, Maria Karlsson, Hassan Loo Sattarvandi, Fredrik Wikstrom
  • Producer: Fredrik Wikstrom
  • Co Producers: Jessica Ask, Frank Bonn, Gunnar Carlsson, Lone Korslund, Christian Kux, Peter Nadermann
  • Executive Producer: Michael Hjorth
  • Casting: Jeanette Klintberg
  • Costume Design: Denise Estholm
  • D.O.P.: Aril Wretblad
  • Editor: Theis Schmidt
  • Makeups: Anders Bratas, Jenny Fred, Anna-Carin Lock, Marie Ena Wolf
  • Music: Jon Ekstrand
  • Production Design: Roger Rosenberg


A remake of Swedish crime thriller "Snabba Cash." The original is based on a novel by Jens Lapidus and follows three interconnected storylines involving drugs and organized crime, with the main character a young financial wizard (Joel Kinnaman) who hopes to strike it rich quickly by becoming a runner for a coke dealer.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Hamburg, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden
  • MPAA Warning: Strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality
  • Production Companies: Film i Vast, Tre Vänner Produktion AB
  • Production Schedule: March 2009-June 2009

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2011 Guide Analysis: "This Swedish thriller, released very early last year in its homeland, is one of more buzzed about foreign-language films of late. Its clever mainstream action ambitions make it one of those 'beyond the arthouse appeal' films that could potentially crossover the way films like French thriller "Tell No One" or the Swedish-language "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" have in many western countries.

Translated as "Easy Money" in English, "Snabba Cash" was enough of a critical and commercial success that it has spawned plans for two sequels to be shot this year, as well as a Hollywood remake from Warner Bros. Pictures that Zac Efron is slated to star in. Filmmaker Daniel Espinosa has become a man in high demand, while there was a feeding frenzy among international buyers at Berlinale for the distribution rights to the film which will ultimately score a limited theatrical release sometime this year.

Based upon Jens Lapidus' acclaimed 2006 novel and shot around Stockholm, Gothenburg and Germany in 2009, trailers don't show anything particularly interesting. Certainly the concept is almost rote at this point and has been worn down over the years after being well-trodden by the likes of "Scarface," "Blow" and "Layer Cake". The cutting between three character storylines is also a familiar staple (ie. "Babel," "Amores Perros").

Yet reviews cite that along with being a well-acted, thrilling and believable tale, it has a pacing and intensity more akin to Hollywood or Guy Ritchie than the usually more sedate and somewhat coldly distant approach that most Nordic thrillers have. That lack of coherence may annoy those hoping for something with more substance, but in this genre it's style that generally seems to rule the day among members of the male demographic who idolise these kinds of stories. Should definitely be worth checking out."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 15 January 2010: Sweden
  • 1 April 2010: Finland
  • 21 May 2010: Iceland
  • 19 August 2010: Denmark
  • 7 October 2010: Netherlands
  • 14 October 2010: Russia
  • 18 October 2010: Belgium
  • 29 October 2010: Estonia
  • 1 December 2010: Belgium
  • 21 March 2010: Hong Kong
  • 30 March 2011: France
  • 5 May 2011: Hungary
  • 26 August 2011: Spain
  • 15 September 2011: Germany
  • 5 October 2012: Poland