Gain the World, Lose Your Soul
Starring: Joel Kinnaman, Matias Padin
Varela, Dragomir Mrsic, Lisa
Henni, Lea Stojanov
Runtime: 124 minutes
Distributor: The Weinstein Company
Director: Daniel Espinosa
Executive Producer: Michael Hjorth
Producer: Fredrik Wikström
Writer: Maria Karlsson
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J.W. is a poor college student who leads a double life. Three weeks away from graduating, he goes to college by day, but, by night, he’s a driver for Arab cocaine pushers.
Jorge is an escaped convict and main connection to his cousin in Germany who will be shipping millions of dollars of cocaine into Stockholm. Jorge reneged on money that he owed a Serbian mafia leader, Radovan. Radovan assigns his hit man, Mrado, to find Jorge.
J.W. is also assigned to follow Jorge for his boss, Abdulkarim, because Jorge has good ties to Abdulkarim and his gang. J.W. cleverly rescues Jorge from Mrado. Abdulkarim pays him money to hide the badly beaten Jorge.
J.W., Jorge, and Mrado have plans to leave the drug life in Sweden. J.W. realizes he is in over his head and naively thinks he can just walk away. Jorge wants to be there for his pregnant sister and mother, both of whom have really suffered because of Jorge’s life of crime. Lastly, Mrado must take custody of his 8-year-old daughter, Lovisa, due to her mother’s drug addiction. He promises his daughter that, after he does this one last job, they will leave and return to their home country together.
EASY MONEY is a violent action-packed thriller that ends in a tragic showdown where the double-crossers are themselves double-crossed. It’s wonderfully shot with high quality cinematography in composition and lighting. The character development is superbly done. The vulnerable, compassionate human side of each man is seen at different points in the story in such a way that it creates empathy among the audience for these high profile villains.
The emphasis is on getting money by controlling the drug trade. A less pronounced aspect of the film is Christianity. Jorge has a cross that he wears on his neck and in his sister’s apartment is a picture of the Virgin Mary being surrounded by cherubs or angels.
Some of the themes are sacrifice, compassion, love, hate, greed, and life and death. The storyline and production aspects of EASY MONEY are masterfully done. Due to excessive language and violence, however, there is an extreme caution for younger and older children.
The storyline and production in EASY MONEY are masterfully done. The movie has a pagan worldview, slightly mixed with Christian content and moral elements. Some of the movie’s themes are sacrifice, compassion, love, hate, greed, fate, and life and death. Excessive foul language and violence, the drug references, and some lewd content warrant extreme caution for EASY MONEY.