Starring: Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Clifton Collins, Jr., Norman Reedus, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet
Written By: Matt Cook
Directed By: John Hillcoat
Studio: Open Road Films / Universal
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Triple 9 has an excellent all-star cast and it’s an interesting crime thriller with some twists and turns in it. While the movie could have been better, I still enjoyed it.
The movie is about a group of criminals Michael (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Russell (Norman Reedus), Russell’s brother Gabe (Aaron Paul), two corrupt cops; Marcus (Anthony Mackie) and Franco (Clifton Collins, Jr.). The group rob a bank to retrieve a safe deposit box with info that could overturn a conviction of a Russian mob boss. The group is tasked with doing another job after the mob boss’s wife (Kate Winslet) doesn’t give them their money and kills one of them. Meanwhile, Marcus’ new partner Chris (Casey Affleck) gets involved with the overall plot, even though he doesn’t realize it until the end. The story has backstabbing, twists and turns, and all that fun stuff you see in a crime thriller.
The cast was amazing, which is it’s biggest sell and not sure why this didn’t do more business at the box office. I guess there were no superheroes in it. The story is a little confusing at times or cuts corners. While you like seeing the people on the screen, you’re not really rooting for anyone in particular. Maybe Casey Affleck’s character Chris or Woody Harrelson’s character Jeffrey? I felt Woody shows up too late in the movie and should have had more scenes with him. He did deliver the most quotable line of the movie though, with “Be careful what you InstaGoogleTweetFace.” Norman Reedus wasn’t in this a lot, and Gal Gadot was pretty much a cameo. I guess that’s one negative with having a big cast; not everybody is going to get a lot of screen time.
Another sell is the twists of the movie, and while some may not have seen any of them coming, I saw a few of the twists a mile away. Maybe I’ve just seen a lot of crime movies? Still, with all the complaints about the movie, I still liked it and would watch it again.
The special features are a little disappointing. You have a few deleted scenes, and 2 tiny fluff EPK type of featurettes. I find that extras are always limited when it comes to Universal Blu-Rays. The deleted scenes were okay; some of them were alternate takes. The resolution of Michael’s character is dealt with in another matter in the deleted scenes. I think I prefer the one that was used in the movie although but both were predictable.
Triple 9 is decent enough to watch because of the sometimes interesting plot and the amazing cast. If you like crime thrillers, give it a shot.
– Deleted Scenes
– Under the Gun
– An Authentic World
English Dolby Digital Stereo
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
Widescreen 2.40:1 Color
Bottom Line: Decent crime thriller with an amazing cast
Running Time: 115 minutes