Tag Archives: Joel Kinnaman

House of Cards: Underwood’s Underworld

There were people who hated House of Cards right from the start. Some were political analysts who didn’t find any of the outlandish events on the show credible. Others considered the cynical tone unappealing and sort of unhelpful in a world that was becoming increasingly ugly; did we really need a show where every politician … Continue reading House of Cards: Underwood’s Underworld

Child 44

HOW DO YOU FIND A KILLER WHO DOESN’T EXIST? Moscow, 1953; as state security agent Leo Demidov (Tom Hardy) realizes that a man killing children is on the loose, he and his wife (Noomi Rapace) find themselves exiled… The novel, which combined an Andrei Chikatilo-inspired serial killer story with a portrait of people who are … Continue reading Child 44

Suicide Squad

JUSTICE HAS A BAD SIDE. The most dangerous criminals in the world are gathered to be used as agents for the U.S. government, controlled by nano bombs planted in their neck… but the Joker (Jared Leto) complicates everything. This 3D film continues where Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016) ended, with the same slam-bang … Continue reading Suicide Squad

Run All Night

NO SIN GOES UNPUNISHED.  When Mike Conlon (Joel Kinnaman) accidentally witnesses a mob hit, he’s forced to rely on his estranged father (Liam Neeson), a former killer who used to work for the man (Ed Harris) who’s now chasing them. The third collaboration between Neeson and the director is another exciting thriller, this time set … Continue reading Run All Night

RoboCop

WE’VE GOT THE FUTURE UNDER CONTROL. In 2028, a corporation that specializes in robot technology finds the perfect candidate for their new part-man/part-machine product in a cop (Joel Kinnaman) who was almost killed by a bomb. This remake of the 1987 classic purported to take a more scientific approach, which it does to some extent. … Continue reading RoboCop

The Killing

This Americanization of the 2007-2012 Danish thriller series of the same name moved the story to Seattle. The first season was similar to the original, as we followed two homicide detectives (Mireille Enos, Joel Kinnaman) on the hunt for the killer of a teenaged girl, and a charismatic politician (Billy Campbell) running for mayor; obviously, … Continue reading The Killing

Easy Money: Life Deluxe

Jorge (Matias Varela) prepares to do one last hit before he retires; at the same time, JW (Joel Kinnaman) is desperately looking for his missing sister in Los Angeles. The third film in the Easy Money franchise reserves minimum screen time for Kinnaman, increases Varela’s significantly, and introduces an undercover cop who’s infiltrated the Serbian … Continue reading Easy Money: Life Deluxe

Easy Money: Hard to Kill

JW (Joel Kinnaman) is about to be released from prison but an unpleasant surprise is waiting; at the same time, Mrado (Dragomir Mrsic) plans to escape and Jorge (Matias Varela) returns to Sweden, challenging the Serbian Mafia. The sequel successfully fuses elements from two novels by Jens Lapidus, and director Babak Najafi continues smoothly in … Continue reading Easy Money: Hard to Kill

Easy Money

This filmization of Jens Lapidus’s hard-boiled crime novel follows three characters – a runaway convict (Matias Padin Varela), an underworld thug (Dragomir Mrsic) and a kid (Joel Kinnaman) from out-of-town who’ll do anything to become a part of Stockholm’s hard-partying young elite. Their paths cross as they become involved in a big heist. The filmmakers … Continue reading Easy Money

Safe House

NO ONE IS SAFE. When a CIA safe house in South Africa is attacked, an inexperienced operative (Ryan Reynolds) is forced to flee along with a high-value prisoner (Denzel Washington). Swedish director Daniel Espinosa’s first American feature is a gritty action-thriller about dirty games within the CIA – it will take the length of the film for our hero to … Continue reading Safe House

The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

WHAT IS HIDDEN IN SNOW, COMES FORTH IN THE THAW. Investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig) is hired by a wealthy industrialist (Christopher Plummer) to look into the mysterious disappearing of his niece 40 years ago; he believes that a family member might have killed her. This remake of the 2009 Swedish film rides the wave … Continue reading The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

Arn: The Kingdom at Road’s End

After being separated for years, Arn and Cecilia (Joakim Nätterqvist, Sofia Helin) are finally about to reunite in Sweden… but the days of conflict are not over yet. The sequel to Arn: The Knight Templar (2007) continues where we left off, and the pros and cons of this huge project are the same. Often visually … Continue reading Arn: The Kingdom at Road’s End