Triple 9

2016 "The Code on the Street is Never Black & White"
6.3| 1h55m| R| en

A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.


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Ensofter Overrated and overhyped
ChicRawIdol A brilliant film that helped define a genre
Allison Davies The film never slows down or bores, plunging from one harrowing sequence to the next.
Billy Ollie Through painfully honest and emotional moments, the movie becomes irresistibly relatable
edohanclasen The plot and cast of Triple 9 held much potential but did not deliver as expected. The film follows a group of highly skilled criminals that execute action packed heists. The major revelation is that two of these criminals are policemen. Apart from that, the story does not hold much suspense and revelation. Michael Atwood (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is forced by Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), a criminal kingpin, to do these jobs by threatening Atwood with the safety of his son (not something new). The story unravels as they plan the 'final' heist where, as expected, everything goes wrong. There is some parts of the film which I enjoyed. However, with such an all-star cast, it did not live up to the expectation.
theflip The movie keeps you on your toes and has a ton of action, bad guys, good guys and everything in between. Casey Afleck plays his outsider cop character very well as is becoming customary as he climbs up the chart of best young actors.Honestly the story isn't anything inspirational or transforming and it's a bit violent and gory but if you're a fan of Afleck then it'll deliver.
bowmanblue Sometimes, you see a film advertised and you think 'How can this possibly fail?' Then, upon sitting through it, you wonder how the film-makers managed to make something that looked so awesome come across as so mediocre. And that's what 'Triple 9' is – mediocre. It's not bad. I didn't hate it. I just thought that, judging by the acting talent on display, that it should have been so much more special than what it actually was.It's about a squad of 'dirty' cops who, along with upholding the bits of the law that suit them, also help criminals rob banks. But, somewhere along the way they seemed to forget that criminals – being criminals – can't always be trusted to uphold their side of a bargain. Naturally, the gang they're working for want a little more than was originally offered and conflict arises.The reason Triple 9 looked so good was the cast of characters – anything with Norman Reedus (or 'Daryl' from The Walking Dead) and Aaron Paul (or 'Jessie' from Breaking Bad) can't be all bad, can it? Well, like I say, it's not all bad, it's just pretty forgettable. Apart from one scene that occurred around the middle of the film where the cops storm a drugs den – that's pretty intense and comes across as well researched as to how real police would undertake such an operation. However, it's been about a week since I watched Triple 9 and, apart from that and the meaning of the phrase 'Triple 9' itself, there really isn't that much I can remember about it. Or rather than the actors I really wanted to see in the film aren't in it as much as I'd hoped and, where they were, they were criminally underused.I know I'm being harsh. But it's just if you've seen as many 'cops and robbers' movies as I have over the years then you really need something very different to set one apart. And this one just didn't have what I was looking for. Yes, it's stylish and well-directed, plus you have the acting talent on offer and, if you're looking for realism then you'll find a fair amount of violence here. However, in the course of film history, I'm guessing that this will just be written off as yet another cops and robbers movie. Pity.
Roj Sometimes a movie that starts off with lots of disjointed scenes can have real punch as you piece together the snippets of story - it can be quite satisfying as things drop into place and the story becomes fully coherent. Sadly this movie jumps from scene to scene and that disjointed feeling lasts until the end. There is a story and there is some sense to it but it just doesn't gel as a movie.The police are depicted as bumbling, incompetent and corrupt but this is so exaggerated (I hope!) that it means there is no sense of realism whatsoever. The movie doesn't build empathy with any of the characters or even tell you much about them, in any case virtually all of them are unpleasant, so I was left not really caring what happened to any of them. OK to watch if you don't expect too much depth.