The distributors would have been better off keeping the original title of this tough Swedish crime thriller: no one would forget "Snabba Cash" in a hurry.
Daniel Espinosa's intricate drama is built on three tiers. J W (Joel Kinnaman) is an arriviste trying to pass as posh with the Stockholm jet set; Jorge (Matias Varela) is a Latino convict on the run and trying to reconnect with his pregnant sister; Mrado (Dragomir Mrsic) is a Serbian mob enforcer landed with reluctant custody of his six-year-old daughter.
A massive cocaine deal being fought over by Slavian and Arab gangs ensnares the disparate trio in a moral quandary: is there honour among thieves, or is it wiser to cut and run? The film covers a lot of ground, at pace. A sequel is promised – and justified.