Ex-soldiers Michael Atwood (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and Russel Welch (Norman Reedus) lead an Atlanta criminal organization, which also includes Welch's troubled brother Gabe (Aaron Paul) and dirty cops Marcus Belmont (Anthony Mackie) and Jorge Rodriguez (Clifton Collins Jr.). The five heisters are contracted by the Russian-Israeli mob, headed by matriarch Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), to pull off a dangerous job, and they decide to create the diversion of an "officer down" call as a cover for the robbery. Marcus' straight-arrow new partner Chris (Casey Affleck) is soon targeted as the mark for the shooting; meanwhile, Chris' uncle, Detective Jeffrey Allen (Woody Harrelson), works to foil the criminals. John Hillcoat directed this ensemble action thriller written by Matt Cook.~Daniel Gelb
Triple 9 is latest film by auteur Aussie filmmaker Johnathan Hillcoat, who worked with singer/song-writer Nick Cave to bring us films like The Proposition and Lawless, and even directed the beautiful screen adaptation of Cormac McCarthy's The Road. Anyone familiar with Hillcoat's works will instantly feel at home with this movie, while at the same time noticing his move into more ambitious territory. This is where the movie falls flat for most, as this is also Hillcoat's most "Hollywood" film, thus there is some slightly generic shots or moments that make you think "this could've been done better" or "this doesn't really need to be here". Some of these things I attribute to the writing. I think Hillcoat and Cave are a wonderful writer/director duo and work best together. As far as the story goes, we find a group of bank -robbers, composed of cops and criminals, at the center of a crime ring lead by the Jewish Mafia. The film, like most heist films, opens with a bang as we see the group pulling a score, only to find out that the score was just a small part of a bigger operation. Even worse is the group is beginning to unravel from the very moment the job is done and the lines of trust that tied them together are broken. Now they are faced with a bigger challenge, a bigger heist, perhaps an impossible heist, so the plan is to set up a code 9-9-9, which means an officer is down, now they just need to find the right officer to bring down. The story is lead by an all-star cast of characters, some of my favorite in Hollywood right now. Each of them plays their role to the bone and puts it all out there to be seen. Triple 9 is a great heist film, especially for those that are a fan of the directors other works and for those that need to fill the void left missing by Michael Mann's lack of giving us more of what he does best - heists and criminals!
The film's title takes its name from the police code for Officer Down, in this case, a gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan on killing a police officer in order to pull off the biggest heist of their careers. The cast is made up of present and future Academy Award winners and nominees, with a small part played by future Wonder Woman star, Israeli actress, Gal Gadot, as she begins her debut to American audiences. With a good script, great cast and tight film making, Triple 9 will keep the viewer watching.
Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Aaron Paul,...all lead actors in their own right come together in this tale of corrupt cops and gangsters teaming up to kill another cop in order to pull off their biggest score yet. With this cast, the script doesn't need to be Shakespeare as you have some very watchable actors onscreen.