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In some parts of Atlanta the rule of law has no chance anymore. Rival gangs and the overpowering Russian mafia rule here. Those who want to survive here must adapt to the circumstances dominated by crime, corruption and murder. For idealists, this is a deadly plaster. And so it is hardly surprising that a group of cops have joined forces to rob banks for the unscrupulous mafia boss Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet). But money is not enough for the powerful woman. And so she increases the pressure on the policemen to steal something much more valuable, better guarded from her. In order to be able to complete this risky raid successfully and undamaged, the entire police force of Atlanta would have to be distracted. This is only possible if the code "999" is activated. But a policeman on duty has to die…
Director John Hillcoat has proven to be a masterful narrator of stories beyond the mainstream with the apocalyptic drama "The Road" and the excellent western "Lawless". His productions are sometimes a bit bulky, but always fascinating in a very special way. Therefore his crime thriller "Triple 9" was eagerly awaited by many - especially since Hillcoat was able to gather a first-class ensemble of cinema (Kate Winslet, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Anthony Mackie, Gal Gadot) and TV (Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul) in front of the camera. Something other than a masterpiece seemed out of the question. But unfortunately Hillcoat did not deliver that.
No question, the movie is technically very well staged and has some very strong moments of tension and neat action sequences to offer. But in between a badly unfinished story with too many storylines meanders a bit too slow, without really being able to tie the viewer to the story and its characters. If you are still absolutely tied up in the first minutes, later on long-winded character moments and overburdened plot turns dominate the action. It seems almost as if Hillcoat had tried too hard not to enter mainstream territory, which unfortunately is the reason why he failed in this case.
The actors are almost all convincing, whereby some actors act a bit too exaggerated. But this is skillfully balanced by the usual sovereign Woody Harrelson, a really good Casey Affleck and a wonderfully cold-hearted Kate Winslet. But even the outstanding ensemble and the oppressively authentic atmosphere cannot hide the fact that the story is not told in such an exciting way as would have been possible in view of the really good starting situation. A stirring beginning and a brilliant showdown just aren't enough to turn this work into the great thriller that's hidden somewhere here.
Who likes demanding crime-thrillers and can overlook some clear lengths, will surely appreciate the obvious qualities of "Triple 9". But those who hope for a constant tension and lots of action will be bitterly disappointed. Therefore applies: Despite many good ingredients only a rather tasteless soup and therefore only worth seeing with some concessions!
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