Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, and Norman Reedus. To say I was excited to see this film is an understatement. Directed by John Hillcoat, Triple 9 is about a crew of criminals and corrupt cops that have to pull off one last heist and the best way to distract the police is to kill one of there own.
For the most part this film delivered. There are three awesome action set pieces that happen in the film. Each time the stakes intensify and things slowly start to fall apart. The corruption and betrayal results in a blood bath, with the film doing a great job by never letting a character feel safe. I really liked how the film is mainly focused on our criminals. It makes the scenes with Casey Affleck being the only good cop really intense. Woody Harrelson plays a version of the character from True Detecitve only in this he’s x3 the mess. Lastly mentioning the criminals and corrupt cops. Every one does there job really well with Ejiofor and Mackie being the stand out.
The cinematography and score is really well done. When people’s life is endanger it’s extremely intense. If this film would of stuck the landing it would of been a great film instead of just a good film. There are typical cop tropes in the film but it’s forgivable. The third act loses a lot of it’s momentum and isn’t as exciting as the scenes prior to it. The characters left standing and the resolution is a little unsatisfying.
At the end of the day the ensemble charges this film forward and solid action makes it an entertaining watch. If you catch it in theaters, I say wait for a weekday or matinee showing.
7 out of 10 Reels
– Awesome Cast
– Third Act
– Typical Cop Tropes