Film review: Triple 9 – ensemble crime drama merges gunfire with humanity
Strong cast including Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson and Chiwetel Ejiofor, and clever script make hard-hitting heist story a riveting tale
This grim and mean story has a clever script which makes it difficult to predict what’s coming next – and that’s as good as it gets for a crime film. Neatly edited action sequences and the dark and gritty cinematography add up to a superior caper that’s one part police tactical, one part bad cop drama, and one part gangster thriller. A gripping 90 minutes, the film does peak early, with the last quarter spent simply cleaning up the story.
Triple 9 revolves around a heist that a group of cops in Atlanta, Georgia, are blackmailed into carrying out for the Russian mafia. To make a diversion, they decide to fake a 999, the code for a police procedure we won’t reveal here, as it’s a spoiler. Things, of course, go horribly wrong – or more accurately, exactly right in completely the wrong way.
Triple 9 is part of a new wave of hard-hitting US action films like Sicario , which try to leaven the gunfire and violence with human drama. In other words, it’s crying out for a Chinese-language remake by director Johnnie To Kei-fung.
Triple 9 opens on June 9
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