A promising economics student with a taste for the high life, Johan 'JW' Westlund (Kinnaman) falls in with a bad lot, including a Serbian with mafia ties (Mrsic) and a Chilean fugitive, to sustain his fast-spiraling lifestyle.
A Swedish economics student (Joel Kinnaman) gets mixed up in a drug deal which involves him with a Chilean escaped convict (Matias Varela) and a Serbian hardman (Dragomir Mrsic). This Swedish crime movie has an interesting multi-ethnic milieu and an unusual take on the economic crisis, but tiresomely gives each of its flawed men a idealised female dependent (girlfriend, daughter, sister) to make them feel guilty about their poor life choices. Kinnaman, of the US The Killing, is a believably desperate lead, but regular watchers of Scandi-crime — or anyone who’s seen a gangster flick since 1931 — will realise where this is headed.
There's plenty here to show why director Daniel Espinosa caught Hollywood's eye, even if this pre-Safe House crime drama holds few surprises.
Reviewed by Kim Newman