“Triple 9” Review

From IMDB:

A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.

Cast: Kate Winslett, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ojiofor, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Gal Gadot, Clifton Collins Jr, Woody Harrelson

Directed by:  John Hillcoat

A dark tale of robbery, deceit, loyalty, greed, jealousy, and revenge, Triple 9 is an intricately plotted film, with excellent performances by the entire cast.

But “intricately plotted” can easily slide into confusion.  Thankfully, director John Hillcoat doesn’t allow that to happen.

But the titular police code of 9-9-9, or Triple 9–an officer involved shooting–doesn’t go down in quite the way it was planned, which, if you’re paying attention, you can see coming, in result if not in method.

Still, it is the performances that make the film worth watching. Even Kate Winslett, done up in her best Goodfellas/Sharon-Stone-in-Casino costume, hair and makeup, grabs her screen time and sucks it dry.

It’s hard to pin the film down, in a moral sense. There are no really unmarred characters in this film, not even Affleck, who is supposed to be our positive model. There is something about his character that you can’t quite put your finger on that is disquieting on a subconscious level, but it’s not explicit in any sense.

If you’re a fan of the genre or of Hillcoat, definitely go see this movie. It grabbed me in the opening sequence and didn’t let go.

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