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Triple 9 (2016)

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Critic Consensus: Triple 9's pulpy potboiler thrills don't quite live up to the ferocious talents of its cast, but the film's efficient, solidly crafted genre fun is often enough to balance its troublesome flaws.

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In TRIPLE NINE, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist and 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 tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. (C) Open Road Films
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R (for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and some nudity)
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Action & Adventure , Drama
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Cast

Casey Affleck
as Chris Allen
Chiwetel Ejiofor
as Michael Atwood
Anthony Mackie
as Marcus Belmont
Kate Winslet
as Irina Vlaslov
Woody Harrelson
as Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen
Clifton Collins Jr.
as Jorge Rodriguez
Aaron Paul
as Gabe Welch
Norman Reedus
as Russel Welch
Teresa Palmer
as Michelle Allen
Gal Gadot
as Elena
Michelle Ang
as Trina Ling
Carlos Aviles
as Fernando Rivera
Zane Pittman
as Gang Unit
Dev Kingsley
as Fernando
Natalie Pero
as Beaten Woman
Christine Horn
as Female Security Guard
Labrandon Shead
as Sgt. Nelson
Terri Abney
as Leah Green
Walter Hendrix, III
as SWAT Officer
Tony Grant (IV)
as Police Sargent
Anthony Belevtsov
as Yussel Gotlib
Michelle Rivera
as Gawking Neighbor
Terence Rosemore
as Detective Joshua Parks
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All Critics (150) | Top Critics (38)

There's a blue-chip cast running the gamut from A (Casey Affleck) to W (Kate Winslet) and terrific action sequences in Triple 9 - but in the end, this relentlessly nihilistic crime-caper thriller adds up to less than the sum of its impressive parts.

Full Review… | March 10, 2016
New York Post
Top Critic

The movie involves a pair of heists, a prisoner abroad, corrupt cops, mobsters, gangsters, and more, and the parts are considerably better than the messy, unfocused whole. But oh, the parts can be a pleasure.

Full Review… | March 4, 2016
BuzzFeed News
Top Critic

Hillcoat's approach is to craft a pulse-pounding experience that employs a mixture of conventional footage and hand-held work. There's an immediacy to the most gripping scenes.

Full Review… | February 27, 2016
ReelViews
Top Critic

The uneven thing [here] is John Hillcoat's direction: a tense, sustained journey through an apartment while lined up behind a bulletproof shield alternating with indulgent zooms and cuts depicting local color.

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
San Diego Reader
Top Critic

Hillcoat directs with a sense of immediacy and grimy realism, bringing the audience into the shootouts and bloodshed on the streets. Atlanta becomes another war zone for the men who have seen war, battling an enemy of a different race and culture.

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

Though compelling in the acting and cinematography, Triple 9's plot is by the numbers and about nothing.

Full Review… | February 26, 2016
Globe and Mail
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Audience Reviews for Triple 9

½

An okay movie with some very impressive visual flourishes, but a narrative mess, and not up to par with Director Joh Hillcoat's prior work.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

Super Reviewer

½

Good trailers can do wonders for a film at the box office. When a film has a good trailer and it does not live up to those expectations, or it has mislead you, that is probably more disappointing than a bad film in general. Triple 9's trailer, for me, will go down in history as one of the most misleading of all time. With such an action-packed and brutal trailer, it made it seem like a film that was trying to mirror or borrow aspects from something like The Town, but that is surely not the case. In one of the most boring attempts to create a compelling story, here are my thoughts on why I believe Triple 9 is below average, even without thinking about its terrible marketing. In the first act, Triple 9 is presented as a film that follows a group of bank robbers. Some being crooked cops and some being criminals, the character dynamic seemed like one that was going to play out very well throughout the duration of this film. Sadly, this film is really about a group of bad men, doing bad things, trying not to get caught, while they go about their lives. While that can be interesting all in itself, the film jumps around far too quickly between characters to really begin to feel anything for them. In a film like this, you need someone to latch onto in order to root for, otherwise it may just put you to sleep. That is exactly the word I would use to describe this film, tiring. Confused with itself, there is absolutely nothing compelling about any of the events in Triple 9. Beginning as a full-throttle bank robbery from the vault to the streets, the best part of the film is their very first job. To be honest, I was quite impressed by this opening sequence, but it very quickly ends, leaving viewers wanting more. The thing that eventually becomes frustrating is the fact that it never once becomes exciting again. Any moments of excitement that followed, involved gruesome deaths or drawn-out and slowly paced chase scenes. By the end of this film, I had no desire to root for anyone to stay alive. This is a film about terrible people doing terrible things, and nobody really has any moments of redemption. It is actually pretty depressing when looking back on it. Warning: Spoilers in the next paragraph. While I didn't find myself particularly caring about any of these characters, I was at least hoping for a turning point, or for at least one character to be redeemed. The third act of this film finds each character picking each other off until there are no bad guys left. So in the end, this film is about a group of bad guys, doing bad things, and then they all die. This felt like a slap in the face to even the most loving fans of this picture. I found myself appalled, thinking that I wasted two hours on a film that I had actually been excited to see. There is really nothing more to call this film, other than disappointing and misleading. The film already does a bad job in setting up compelling characters, but when almost every side character is deemed useless once the credits role, you almost feel robbed yourself, as an audience member. If that was their intention, job well done, but I have a feeling that it was not. In the end, Triple 9 borrows from many other films in its genre, never expanding, nor making you care. This is a thinly written film, directed sloppily, and jarringly edited from beginning to end. It benefits from a stellar cast, but even with that addition, it can't hold itself up. I was genuinely excited to see this film, because I believed its trailer to be very promising. Triple 9 is one of the worst films of 2016.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

A great cast duke it out in this standard issue heist film, the cops against the crooks, the twist being that some of the cops are the crooks. A good time at the movies. Quality product delivered by an all pro staff. And Kate Winslet becomes the actress I most like to be stranded in a blizzard with.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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