Having recently headlined the actually-quite-good Robocop reboot, Joel Kinnaman fans get another chance to see the man in action thanks to the release of this Swedish sequel.

The original Easy Money honed in on Kinnaman’s JW, a student looking to make it big, who ended up way over his head in the murky world of drug runners.

Directed with real style by Daniel Espinosa, Easy Money was the helmer’s calling card to move to Hollywood, directing the useful actioner Safe House, so responsibility for this sequel fell to Babak Najafi.

Najafi’s angle is to trim the running time and up the action quota, meaning Easy Money 2 is a breakneck romp that, while often pushing the boundaries of plausibility, is damn entertaining.

By now JW is tucked away in prison, where he somewhat bizarrely elects to become best pals with Mrado, despite their previous differences in the first flick.

But, having perfected a banking computer system on the inside, JW is gutted to realise on his release that a former pal has sold the system to a company – cutting him out of the deal.

Both penniless and homeless, Kinnaman’s now battle-hardened character elects to head into the criminal underworld again, joining forces with Mrado to wage war on the Serbian kingpins.

All of the cast from the first film return (those that are still alive anyway), meaning anybody who has not checked out the original will have no real idea what is going on.

But it is nice to see a sequel that really is a continuation of a story, rather than some tired retread.

As said earlier the action comes thick and fast in Easy Money 2, from copious shootouts, to gory throat slashings to a superbly staged car crash sequence.

There is still the clunking emotion that blighted the first flick, with a seemingly desperate attempt to humanise each of the criminals.

But Kinnaman is on top form again, with his JW proving an enigmatic and genuinely intriguing creation.

Special mention must also go to the soundtrack of both films, a mix of pumping club tunes and ambient sounds that I shall certainly be tracking down.

Snabba Cash III (as it is known in its homeland) has already surfaced at film festivals – and, if it is anything like the first two, then I am in.

VERDICT: [rating=4]

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Simon Fitzjohn

Simon is a journalism tutor in London, who also just happens to be a movie fanatic, with a craving for the darker side of cinema. He has written two books, one on the horror films of director Bob Clark (2014) and the other on the history of the character Norman Bates (2015). His third book, on the work of British exploitation director Pete Walker, is due in 2017.