Monday, February 29, 2016

Movie Review: Triple 9

Director John Hillcoat (The Road, Lawless) takes his Wild West vision to the mean streets of Atlanta, GA, my old home town. The cast was stacked with big names like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, and Kate Winslet. This long list isn't used to their total potential but still this movie is full of tense scenes and an entertaining heist movie. 

This cops and robbers drama works with the shades of gray when the cops turn out to be working with the bad guys. The tension heats up when Anthony Mackie's Marcus and Clifton Collins Jr.'s Franco as the two corrupt cops decide that the best way to distract from a robbery is to kill a fellow office, in this case Casey Affleck's Chris who also happens to be a major crimes detective's nephew. The uncle is played by a pot smoking dope snorting Woody Harrelson.

If this explanation seems complicate, it's because the only thing that bogs this movie down is a complex plot that relies on small tidbits of dialogue to hold the story together. Aaron Paul and Norman Reedus play brothers in the robber crew but with a spoiler alert, Reedus doesn't stick around for long, I guess he had to get back to The Walking Dead. 

Seeing Atlanta feature in a film is always a joy for me though the city depicted in the movie is overrun with Mexican gangsters and Russian Israeli gangsters, this was Donald Trump's America. Kate Winslet is a bit campy as a mob boss and Gal Gadot is a throwaway character, especially for a future Wonder Woman and star of the Fast and Furious franchise. 

The movie has a ton of intense scenes of cop shootouts, bank robberies, and betrayals. I thought the movie was highly entertaining and even my girlfriend was pleased. I would recommend this movie to any heist movie fans, or thrillers, or crime drama buffs. I give it seven out of ten!

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