The crime thriller is one of those genres that have produced some of the best films of all time, but also some of the worst.
With the right mix you can tell a great story with everything you could want in a film. The latest, Triple 9 features an awesome cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Woody Harrelson, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot, Norman Reedus, Teresa Palmer, and Michael Kenneth Williams, but does it pack the punch and story to put this great talent to use or will it be a crime not worth reporting?
Triple 9 follows a crew that is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. 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 filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. While there is a few bumps in the road, this film manages to deliver a great entry into this genre. The film wastes no time in getting to the meat of the story and quickly letting you know that the big twist on these characters is going to have lasting effects. The cast all do a great job with their roles, with some great personalities that give each of them some great moments. They all play off of each other to perfection getting you invested with each of them both good and bad. The gritty tone to the film is a perfect match for the story they are telling and helps to give you a dark feel needed to make it play out effectively. This isn’t a full on action film, but does feature some well-done shoot outs that feels like something you might actually see in real life.
If there is any fault with this movie its that it never fully pushes the limits to what it could have done and at times plays like something you have already seen numerous times over. This doesn’t make it any less of a great movie, it just could have been so much more. Thankfully the performances and direction of the plot help to keep it interesting and entertaining throughout. The ending might leave some a bit unfulfilled, but it perfectly brings everything full circle and offers up the perfect exclamation point to the entire ride.
Released February 26, 2016.