In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.Wikipedia
Triple 9 Reviews
Dark and moody and mildly engaging despite its inconsistencies, Triple 9 benefits from a solid cast – including Woody Harrelson as an eccentric detective investigating the gang. It’s not the best crime thriller you’ll see, but there are some powerful moments here.
Trying to decipher whether all of it amounts to anything, you may appreciate the fact that Triple 9 is as mixed-race as it gets, with no obvious stereotypes.
Certainly not in the class of gangster flicks by such masters as Martin Scorcese or Michael Mann, Triple 9 is nevertheless worth the price of admission.
Apart from an unnecessary profusion of subplots, you'll likely find this heist-thriller to be quite satisfying.
Is it a slick thriller? Yes, but only in its looks. The story it’s trying to tell isn’t just uninspiring, it’s stupid. If the mob has the FBI on its payroll, they wouldn’t hire dysfunctional mercenaries to rob a government agency. A whole lot of Triple 9 doesn’t make genuine sense. It’s just contrived enough to be appreciated for creative twists. And that’s definitely not a good thriller. Not a good film, either.
The treatment employed for ‘Triple 9’ is as brutal as the story immortalised within. You may not love this movie but there’s no way you can remain unaffected by it either.
There’s little suspense or mystery, and the huge star cast does little to stand out – you could replace one actor with another in the heist gang and there would make absolutely no difference to the way the movie plays out.
If you’re an action junkie, you should watch Triple 9 for the high octane twists and turns, the fine performances, and John Hillcoat’s splendid direction. The film is sure to leave you asking for more.
The plot synopsis for Triple 9 barely stretches beyond a line – corrupt cops on the payroll of Russian mobsters. But director John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless) packs the film with enough pulpy flavor and tension to transform the routine into something deep and perhaps even profound.