This film had relatively good reviews for a film of this genre, and it had quite a cast, so I decided that I would check this out, since I wanted to see an action movie, and it seemed like a better choice than Gods of Egypt (which I will probably end up seeing anyway).
The film's plot was very standard. It was like pretty much every dirty cop movie ever made. That being said, I often found myself bored by the ridiculous amount of clichés in the film. The opening scene was pretty cool, and the ending had a few big twists that were pretty decent, but the rest of the plot was pretty mediocre. I found myself to be bothered that the film seemed confused (not confusing), since it couldn't really decide who were the "good guys".
The acting was the best part of the movie. Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, and Woody Harrelson are all solid. Chiwetel Ejiofor was great in his role, probably the most human in the film. Kate Winslet, though, is the shining star in this film. She really delivers as the leader of the Russian mafia, and I knew that she was in the movie, but was super surprised when I realized that was her after about 5 minutes of screen time. She was great. The cinematography was also good, but not revolutionary.
So overall, Triple 9 isn't really a bad movie, but it's not particularly good either. I didn't even think that it functioned particularly well as an exciting action movie.
Big Tuna's Rating: C
How Did I Watch It?: In theaters.
Had I Seen It Before?: No.
Would I Watch It Again?: No.
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