Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus. With a cast like that in a heist movie, what could go wrong?
Triple 9 is about a team of bank robbers working for the Russian mob. They are forced to pull one last heist. In order to do so, they decide to kill a cop so a “triple 9” (officer down) call goes out and every available cop rushes to that location, leaving them free to do their work. There’s plenty of bad guys and dirty cops to go around.
This movie had a lot of potential just based on the cast alone. And for the most part, they do a good job in the movie. Affleck, Mackie, and Ejiofor stand out. The movie starts out on a great note with a very well executed bank robbery. It’s intense, well shot, and has some great action. And really the action scenes in this movie in general are all very well done. There are a couple shootouts in particular that were pretty great. They were by far the best part of the movie.
The problem with this movie is what’s around those action scenes and shootouts. First of all, this movie has some abysmal pacing. Following the great opening scene, the movie seems to screech to a halt all the way through the second act. It’s downright boring and the story never seems to gain any traction for a solid 45 minutes to an hour. The story itself is pretty good, it just doesn’t ever quite get there. It has some good twists and turns and the ending is good, but the pacing lets it down. Also, with the exception of the three guys I listed above, the acting is a little disappointing. It’s not that they didn’t do a decent job performance-wise, but I didn’t buy Woody Harrelson, Kate Winslet, or Aaron Paul’s characters. Woody Harrelson basically just plays an extreme version of every Woody Harrelson character he’s ever played, I didn’t buy Kate Winslet as the Russian mob boss for one second, and I never really understood Paul’s character.
Overall the movie is fine. It isn’t good, it isn’t bad. It had a lot of potential that it unfortunately wasted due to a story that never quite develops enough, the awkward pacing, and some of the characters. But some parts of it were enjoyable and most of the performances are good. With all that being said, I can’t quite get it to a 3. Triple 9 gets a 2.75/5.
Have any of you seen this yet? Let me know what you thought in the comments.