JW (Joel Kinnaman) is a poor student living a double life among the wealthy elite in Stockholm. Using increasingly illicit means to fund his exclusive lifestyle, he hits on a chance to score ‘easy money’ through selling cocaine. As JW enters the dark world of organised crime, his fate entwines with that of Jorge, a drug dealer on the run, and Mrado, a mob hitman tasked with tracking Jorge down.
Easy Money is a gripping and stylish adaptation of the first novel of Jens Lapidus’s best-selling ‘Stockholm Noir Trilogy’. Director Daniél Espinosa successfully imbues the nastiness of Nordic noir with a Bret Easton Ellis-like sense of harsh glamour. Easy Money has been championed by Martin Scorsese, and you can see why: Espinosa’s keen balance of tension and violence with empathetic characterisation owes much to the legacy of his illustrious supporter.