Cast: Joel Kinnaman, Lisa Henni, Matias Padin, Dragomir Mrsic, Annika Ryberg Whittembury,
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense,
A three-tiered story centered around drugs and organized crime, and focused on a young man who becomes a runner for a coke dealer.
The story is overcooked and the gritty aesthetic (handheld cameras, desaturated color) borders on cliche.
One of the most involving of the many first-rate thrillers that have come recently from Scandinavia.
Chalk another one up for Swedish crime-thriller novels.
What really distinguishes it from any number of drug-escapade stories is the unusual and welcome sense of Dostoyevskian moral gravity of the narrative.
The increasing action and double crosses create an ambient crescendo leading to a final anything-could-happen rendezvous.
The movie builds and builds only to land in a zone of ambiguity.
The hand-held camerawork may be shaky, and the editing flit furiously - but Espinosa has them shaking and flitting on purpose.
Espinosa conducts the swirling tale with crisp efficiency and a cold, cynical conviction that things can always go badly and get shockingly worse.