Based on the international best-selling book, “Snabba Cash,” by Jens Lapidus, Easy Money is a Swedish crime thriller centered around drugs and organized crime. At the first level of this three-tiered story is Johan “JW” Westlund (Joel Kinnaman), a poor but promising student at the Stockholm School of Economics. JW is living a double life, socializing with the wealthy Stockholm elite while illegally driving a taxi to finance his expensive lifestyle. After falling in love with Sophie (Lisa Henni), an upper class girl, he is lured into the world of organized crime.
Jorge Salinas Barrio (Matias Padin Varela) is a Chilean man who has recently escaped from prison, where he was sent after being caught in the drug business. On the run from both the police and the Yugoslavian mafia, Jorge has a reputation of knowing everything about cocaine. His plan is to import a massive cargo of cocaine, get revenge on those who snitched on him, and then disappear from the country for good.
Mrado Slovovic (Dragomir Mrsic) is a hitman working for the Yugoslavian mafia. He has been sent by the mafia boss to take care of Jorge. His mission is complicated by his struggles to take care of his eight-year-old daughter, who he is forced to take with him when the girl’s mother is incapable of caring for her. JW’s journey into the world of organized crime causes the fates of all three men to become entwined, in a dark struggle of life and death.
Set for a July 11, 2012 limited release by The Weinstein Company, Easy Money was directed by Daniel Espinosa based on a screenplay by Maria Karlsson, Hassan Loo Sattarvandi, and Fredrik Wikström. Rated R, for strong violence, pervasive language, drug content and some sexuality.