Netflix’s Crime Spree

Netflix goes on a spree of sorts with the debut of three crime-related titles — Snabba Cash and This is a Robbery (April 7), and The Way of the Househusband (April 8).   

Snabba Cash

This gritty six-episode Swedish crime thriller is a followup to the film trilogy (known to US audiences by their Easy Money titles) based on a Jens Lapidus novel

It’s 10 years later, and ambitious tech entrepreneur Leya (Evin Ahmad) launches her company with an infusion of dirty money. There are ramifications for this funding decision, of course, and soon the business jet-set and criminal underworld collide.

The cast includes Alexander Abdallah, Ali Alarik, Olle Sarri, Dada Fungula Bozela, Jozef Wojciechowicz (Z.E), Ayan Ahmed, Khalil Ghazal, Robin Nazari and Felice Jankell.

The series is in Swedish with English subtitles.

The Easy Money movies star Altered Carbon’s Joel Kinnaman as a drug runner leading a double life.

Easy Money (2010) is available with an HBO Max subscription; and rents from $1.99 via Amazon and other providers.

Easy Money: Hard to Kill (2012) can be watched for free, without ads, on the library streamer Hoopla.  It is also free, with ads, on Pluto TV, Plex and Vudu; and rents from $2.99 on Amazon and other services.

Easy Money: Life Deluxe (2013) is available for free, sans commercials, on Hoopla:  free, with ads, on Pluto TV and Vudu; and uncut with an Amazon Prime subscription. It also rents from $2.99 on Google Play and other services.

All three also have English subtitles.

This Is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist

This feature documentary tells the tale of two men disguised as cops who stole $500 million worth of art from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Although a $10 million reward still stands for the return of the works, it remains a cold case decades later.

The film shows investigators’ efforts to solve the biggest art heist in history.

The Way of the Househusband

This anime adaptation of a cozy gangster comedy manga about “The Immortal Dragon” debuts on Netflix tomorrow, April 8.

Tatsu is a legendary yakuza boss who retires from the life so he can stay home and support his wife Miku. The series finds humor in the contrast between apron-wearing Tatsu’s new domesticity and his fearsome reputation and demeanor — not to mention his occasional encounters with former yakuza associates and rivals.

The voice cast includes Starring:Kenjiro Tsuda, Shizuka Ito and Kazuyuki Okitsu.

The series is in Japanese with English subtitles.

(Top image source: Netflix)

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