Stockholm is home to three men involved in various parts of the criminal underworld. Two are lifelong criminals, the other a poor but bright finance student aspiring to raise his status in life. All have different motivations: Johan or JW (Joel Kinnaman) has all the looks and smarts to run with the affluent crowd but his humble roots keep him out of the inner circle, Jorge (Matias Varela) is a small time crook with family ties to the cocaine business and Mrado (Dragomir Mrsic), an Croatian enforcer but his work is at odds with him being a father. A drug shipment coming to town that unsettles the criminal power base. The dream of a big score entangles the three.
Snabba Cash is a stylishly solid crime flick. It tries to balance the story between all the characters but it only partially manages to round out JW’s back story. Adapting a book to film is always challenging, there’s never going to be enough film to capture the depth of a book. Director Daniel Espinosa makes a gorgeous looking film that is very good. However, to develop the characters more, adding 30 minutes to the 2 hour run time would have made this film great.