Triple 9 (15)
Triple 9 (15)
Run time: 116 mins
Director: John Hillcoat
Cast: Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot
Synopsis: In Atlanta a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to succeed is to manufacture a ‘999’ – police code for ‘officer down’. But their plan is upset 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.
From accomplished Australian director John Hillcoat (The Road (2009), (The Proposition (2005) (Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds: Babe I’m on Fire (2008) comes this breath-taking, dark and gritty heist cop thriller. The always excellent Casey Affleck (The Finest Hours (2016), Out of the Furnace (2013) stars as idealistic, rookie cop, Chris Allen who is targeted by a group of corrupt policemen in this high octane drama.
The corrupt cops find themselves in serious trouble when the Russian mafia in Atlanta begin blackmailing them. The only way to get them off the cops’ back is to perform a dangerous heist. The corrupt cops work out a plan to execute the robbery with the least amount of police interruption by murdering a rookie officer (which will initiate a 999 “officer down” call), while the rest of the gang pull off the job.
The impressive ensemble includes Woody Harrelson (The Hunger Games quartet (2012-2015), True Detective (TV 2014), Out of the Furnace (2013) , Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs (2015), The Dressmaker (2015), Titanic (1997) as a terrifying Russian-Israeli mafia wife/boss , Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead), Chiwetel Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave), Anthony Mackie (Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Gal Gadot (the future Wonder Woman in Batman V Superman (2016).
An edge-of-the seat noir-ish thriller with unbearably tense moments, and impressive cinematography from Nicolas Karakatsanis (The Drop (2014), Bullhead (2011). Prepare to concentrate however, as the plot twists in this account of an unlikeable bunch are fast and furious.
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