Review – Triple 9

Crooked cops, gangsters, bank robbers and bullets fly through Atlanta in Triple 9


by Nile Fortner

So last night I decided to make a couple of banana and blueberry smoothies, have a lazy night, and watch the movie Triple 9 with my dad. I remember when this film first came out, and I really wanted to see it. It has an amazing cast, the choreography and camera work look great, and overall it looked like a nice chill out and watch kind of flick.

To keep the plot simple, Triple 9 is a crime thriller starring Anthony Mackie, Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Norman Reedus from The Walking Dead, Gal Gadot, Woody Harrelson and Aaron Paul from Breaking Bad. With all this star power, you can’t help but think a movie about crime fighting, gangs, cops, bank robbers, drugs, and craziness in Atlanta, Georgia would be amazing but honestly this movie is just…okay. I feel like this movie could have been written a little bit better.

The criminals in this world can do pretty much, whatever they want, because the cops are the biggest criminals. The Israeli/Russian mob in Atlanta of all places, forces these cops to rob banks and do more ruthless acts of crime.

The opening to this movie is off the chain. It has a bank-robbing scene, a car chase, a cool shoot out, great action scenes, and cinematography, and it is all done with so much style. This movie really does have amazing looking scenes, and this is a director (John Hillcoat) I was thinking could be a potential to direct a Batman movie.

The beginning is awesome, but the movie slowly begins to fade away after that. It’s like they blew their entire load in the beginning. Which I understand you want to start things off on a high note. But contain yourself, hold some of that load for later. Damn, that sounds weird. But I’m sure you get the picture.

This movie does a real good job of making Atlanta look scary. Woody Harrelson, high off his ass and wearing a werewolf mask in Atlanta is enough to keep me away from Atlanta for a while put it that way. Even though my Granddad lives there…oh well. When I’m not scared anymore, I’ll come visit you. Don’t blame me, blame Triple 9.

Also, I thought it was cool how the movie kept calling them dirty cops, and some of the cast members who play cops look dirty, worn down, and grungy. To keep things simple, Aaron Paul pretty much plays the same character from Breaking Bad. He looks sweaty, grungy, drugged out, and really does portray his character as if he has been through a lot.

The cast is my favorite part about this entire movie. But the movies biggest problem for me is I don’t know who the protagonist is, and I can’t relate to any of the characters. I love Casey Affleck as an actor. On the other hand, his character in this is very bland in my opinion. All I got from his character is that he chews bubble gum to look tough, and he is a newbie on this particular force. It’s not that he is a weak actor, because he is not, it’s the material that falls a little short. Chiwetel Ejiofor’s character is the most well rounded out of everyone.

Also, anyone who knows me, knows I love meh some good ol’ Gal Gadot. Gal Gadot is starting to become one of my favorite actresses. She is lovely, tough, dedicated, seems very nice in person, and I think she has the potential to go down in film history, as a famous bad ass action female star, like Pam Grier and Sigourney Weaver. Unfortunately, her character is not very well developed, and she really does not have sh*t to do in this movie. I never thought I would say this about her, but you could have taken her out of the movie and it would have not made it any better or worse.

This movie I feel like could have been a little bit more original. It feels like so many other movies and television shows we’ve seen before. Just to name some examples, this movie reminded me of Training Day, The Shield, The Town, and Street Kings.

Overall, in my opinion, this film has a convoluted story, too many characters, it could have been more original, it does have great action, great cinematography, and I love this director. But the script could have had more structure to its surface.

This is the kind of film where you see it playing on TV one day, you have nothing better to do, and you just watch it while doing something else. That doesn’t mean it is terrible, because it is not. It’s the kind of movie you can watch while preparing a banana and blueberry smoothie put it that way. I believe the film Triple 9 earns a…

3 out of 5 Hairpieces!

Speaking of blowing a load early, I’m gonna blow a load a little early because I’m ready to check out of here. Thank you all for reading, and or viewing, and I hope you all have an amazing day as always. 🙂


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