★★★★ / 👍
The Talented Mister Ripley meets Layer Cake in a crime thriller with above-average performances, cinematography and editing compensating for a somewhat uninspired script.
Joel Kinnaman’s “JW” is a cipher, a penniless business school student struggling to keep up appearances with his wealthy classmates at all costs. His few relationships are superficial, deceitful or both, and are contingent (at least in his own estimation) on continued access to cash. When illegal but lucrative opportunities beckon, JW’s willingness to commit himself is entirely plausible. (Less so is the overall plotting, which leans heavily on tropes like the career criminal who literally needs “one last job” before getting out of the life.)