Dirty cops, criminals, use of children as leverage, blackmail and an awful lot of back-stabbing; these are the ingredients used to create the action packed, deadly film known as Triple 9.
What more is there to expect from Breaking Bad graduate Aaron Paul, the scum between your feet/emotional sticky finger as Gabe Welch, one badass and evil Kate Winslet as Irina Vlaslov, the brains of the operation Chiwetel Ejiofor as Michael Atwood and wild drug user Sergeant Jeffrey Allen played by Woody Harrelson?
These are all forces to be reckoned with in this crime drama; one that leaves you gasping and wondering who lives, who dies and most importantly, who deserves it?
When the movie begins, you’re initially slightly confused, as its dark and you have the brains of the operation Ejiofor, discussing with some of his ‘crew’ about an operation they are about to take on.Saying “we need him”, leaving the audience a little bewildered as to who the ‘him’ he is referring to is.
This is subsequently followed by a heist taking place at a bank, although not with the intentions of stealing money or holding people ransom, but instead to seek out a particular man’s safe in order to steal its contents with the goal of delivering it to their blackmailer, the Russian mob.
The whole point of the Triple 9, also known as the 999, is when an officer is down, shot or in critical condition, it then shuts down whichever area this incident has taken place at and therefore becomes the primary focus of other police officers to get to the scene on time to save that officer’s life.
So when these men put ‘Triple 9’ in place it is simply a diversion to break into another building to steal the final item the Russian/Israeli boss requested, before they are set free from these blackmailers.
Triple 9 is an action packed thriller, with an unpredictable and ambiguous ending, leaving it up to the audience to decide which of the remaining characters has made it out on top.
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