With an all-star cast including Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet and Chiwetel Ejifor to name but a few; and directed by John Hillcoat, Triple 9 takes audiences on a thrill ride into the gritty, visceral world of mafia's, corrupt cops and betrayal in America.
A seemingly rag-tag bunch of ex-military personnel along with a duo of corrupt cops are brought together to rob a bank for a Russian mafia's tyrannical leader (played by Kate Winslet) and when things don't go 100% according to plan, cracks within the group begin to show as several sub plots ripple from this mishap. Detective Jeffery Allen (Harrelson) along with his nephew Chris (Affleck) are tasked with bringing these criminals to justice.
Although the plot is something similar to what we have seen before, the main appeal of Triple 9 is its attention to detail in creating believable scenarios and in turn, a realistic world that makes the story seem more like an in-depth height documentary than a far-fetched action flick. This is a welcome change to the usual format that this genre produces.
Director John Hillcoat has allowed himself quality time in establishing each set-piece giving them a unique realistic feel including an incredibly well constructed police beach into a rough estate apartment block.
That being said, the sheer amount of sub-plots within the film that overlap feel crammed into the 1 hour 55 minute runtime. Many of the these side stories are brought to an abrupt end but ultimately the ending is justifiably suitable to the main plot.
With great performances by a terrific ensemble cast, Triple 9 is an enjoyable yet predictable look into the dark corners of the criminal world that take place right under our noses.
The DVD disc is presented in a 16:9 ratio and is distributed by Open Road Films.
Under the Gun - a 2 minute behind-the-scenes with cast members discussing the roles that they played along with comments on their fellow cast members.
A Realistic World - a short 2 minute segment with interviews with cast members showcasing how they researched their roles by spending time with real police forces in realistic scenarios. This therefore helped them and director John Hillcoat in creating a believable world where the story takes place.
An enjoyable but familiar 115 minute thriller with a talented cast and satisfying outcome.