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Triple 9

Action . Crime . Drama . Thriller

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.

Actors: Casey Affleck , Chiwetel Ejiofor , Woody Harrelson , Kate Winslet , Anthony Mackie , Aaron Paul , Norman Reedus , Gal Gadot , Teresa Palmer , Clifton Collins Jr.
Directors: John Hillcoat
Country: USA
Release: 2016-01-01
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  • Richard Roeper

    Just about every scene features an Oscar winner or an Oscar nominee or an Emmy winner and/or a first-rate character actor — and just about every scene is a bloody mix of taut thriller and utterly implausible noir plot point. This is a sordid but slick and gutsy mess that comes across like a cover-band version of a Michael Mann movie.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Tom Huddleston

    There may be little here we haven’t seen before – glassy reflections of Michael Mann’s Heat pop up everywhere you look – but it’s all carried off with brashness and momentum by a director who genuinely seems to be having a blast.

    Time Out London Full Review
  • Jamie Graham

    This is the anti-Heat: no sheen, no shimmer, no obsessing over highly grandiose themes and precise compositions; just grime and desperation.

    Total Film Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    The shifting loyalties and treacherous power plays that go on in Triple 9 are engaging, but Hillcoat especially shines in a series of three taut life-or-death sequences — one at the start of the film, one near the middle, and one at the end — that articulate more about who these characters are than anything they say.

    Screen International Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    Triple Nine turns out to be a thoroughly entertaining (although violent) thriller.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    Triple 9 is terrific melodrama, but it’s melodrama all the same, and shameless.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Calvin Wilson

    It’s Affleck, as a cop whose skills are criminally underestimated, who makes the biggest impression.

    St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Triple 9 is no "Reservoir Dogs," but it is a twisty, terrific ride.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Katie Walsh

    With a stacked cast and skillful filmmaking, Triple 9 proves to be a satisfying crooked-cop heist thriller, imbued with complicated topical issues that last long after the adrenaline rush.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Barbara VanDenburgh

    It’s a compelling journey into the deep, if a meandering one, guided by a moral compass that operates by a different magnetic field than our own, and often leads astray.

    Arizona Republic Full Review
  • Justin Chang

    Well suited to Hillcoat’s gifts for low-boil suspense and brutal eruptions of violence in close, male-dominated quarters, the film has grit and atmosphere to burn but also a certain narrative sketchiness, as though unable to reconcile its sharp sociological portraiture with the pleasures of a more robustly plotted crime yarn.

    Variety Full Review
  • A.A. Dowd

    As a game of cops and robbers, Triple 9 was probably more fun to play than it is to watch.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Steve Davis

    In Triple 9 and so many other films today, the twists and turns of the contemporary thriller have become a Gordian knot that audiences are not invited to untangle. You may rightfully ask: Where’s the fun in that?

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    Most parties concerned maintain their grim countenances, their characters struggling to find the sweet spot between honor and greed, between doing the right thing and doing the absolute worst.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Roger Moore

    A clever ticking clock mystery, it tries your patience even if it is giving some of the best character actors in the movies plenty of screen time to chew the scenery, try on accents and make jokes in even the bloodiest, darkest moments.

    Movie Nation Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Given the movie’s bloody stew of greed and sadism, its unbalanced frames and ear-scraping soundscape, its moral tidiness can bring a smile to your otherwise appalled face.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Robbie Collin

    It's an accomplished disappointment: the zealous cast, surplus of attitude and sinewy set pieces never quite compensate for the thinly sketched characters, unfocused plot and general gnawing sense of potential not being met.

    The Telegraph Full Review
  • Ian Freer

    The interesting world of the film doesn’t get the story it deserves.

    Empire Full Review
  • Eric Kohn

    Expert craftsmanship can't rescue Triple 9 from the constant feeling of a pulpy remix.

    indieWIRE Full Review
  • Allison Shoemaker

    It’s great when a film leaves you wanting more, but not when you weren’t given much to begin with.

    Consequence of Sound Full Review
  • Michael Phillips

    It's not a ridiculous degree of complexity per se, but screenwriter Matt Cook mistakes solemnity for gravity, and a high body count for dramatic urgency. The cast is terrific, unfortunately.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Brad Wheeler

    Though compelling in the acting and cinematography, Triple 9’s plot is by the numbers and about nothing.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Lou Lumenick

    In the end, this relentlessly nihilistic crime-caper thriller adds up to less than the sum of its impressive parts.

    New York Post Full Review
  • Ann Hornaday

    Triple 9 feels more like a collection of good scenes than a novel, propulsive whole. Viewers are apt to be entertained by the film’s visceral pulp pleasures, but left apathetic when it comes to its instantly forgettable genre cliches.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Jake Cole

    It arrives prepackaged with suggested comparisons to Michael Mann's Heat that it never earns because of its dreary literal-mindedness.

    Slant Magazine Full Review
  • Soren Andersen

    [Hillcoat’s] an expert in creating and sustaining gut-twisting tension. Good qualities all, but used here in the service of a story that is truly unappetizing.

    The Seattle Times Full Review
  • Matt Singer

    This sort of ultra-dark crime picture is commonly described as “hard boiled,” but that adjective feels insufficient for Triple 9, which burns away any sense of hope until only misery and suffering remain.

    ScreenCrush Full Review
  • Oliver Lyttelton

    As well-handled as the set pieces are, the connective tissue doesn’t pull you along, and then collapses completely in a messy, unsatisfying final act.

    The Playlist Full Review
  • Todd McCarthy

    Individual scenes are charged with energy, tense confrontations are numerous, and Hillcoat and Cook's intentions were undoubtedly partly to tease and taunt viewers with uncertainly about where they, and the characters, stand, to figure out who's got the power and who doesn't. If it was possible to give a damn about any of them, it would help.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Chris Nashawaty

    The most impressive thing about Triple 9 is that it somehow manages to be both predictable and incoherent at the same time. Well, that and the fact that it manages to make half a dozen good actors look really lost.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Mr. Hillcoat wears his nihilism easily and persuasively (his films include “The Road”), so his weird bids at mordant comedy feel as forced as they are ill-considered.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Stephen Whitty

    When the story does wrap up, it's all too little, too late, and far too long. Which given everything stuffed into it, just leaves the super-sized Triple 9 triply disappointing.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Alan Scherstuhl

    The story isn't complex, but its telling is tangled, often willfully so.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Peter Bradshaw

    The story is clotted and overloaded, lacking the necessary clean tautness and suspense. And Kate Winslet's turn as a hatchet-faced Russian mob matriarch is a bit on the ridiculous side.

    The Guardian Full Review
  • Jamie Neish

    Triple 9 becomes a victim of its own inane script. All the usual cop tropes are there - and that's part of the problem. Rarely does screenwriter Matt Cook throw anything at the page that hasn't been done better elsewhere.

    CineVue Full Review
  • Ty Burr

    There’s a reason the movie has been pushed off the back of the truck into late February. It’s damaged goods.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Brian Tallerico

    There are movies about ugly, vile people, and there are ugly, vile movies. Triple 9 is the latter. Full Review
  • Michael Snydel

    Triple 9 isn’t trying to be something of grand social value. It wants to be pulp, and maybe it’s unfair to criticize it for issues of racism and sexism, but its clockwork, convoluted plot isn’t clever, and it’s certainly not very memorable.

    The Film Stage Full Review
  • Steve Persall

    John Hillcoat's Triple 9 is doubly disappointing, wasting talent and our time with underworld cliches previously covered in other movies that ultimately didn't matter. This cynical slice of lowlife will join them soon enough.

    Tampa Bay Times Full Review
  • Joe Morgenstern

    The brightest touch in the whole tale is a transvestite hooker’s little papillon, decked out in a DayGlo pink vest, but even the pooch seems glum, pricked-up ears notwithstanding.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
  • Alonso Duralde

    A howlingly inane movie that somehow managed to collect an impressively A-list cast on its way toward becoming a cop movie that’s not just dumb, it’s disastrous.

    TheWrap Full Review
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