By Jaritza Mendoza |Staff Writer|
“Triple 9’s” star-studded cast placed fifth in Febuary’s last box office weekend with $6.1 million.
Set in present-day Atlanta, GA, the action thriller focuses on a group of crooked men, all of whom have worked in law enforcement, forced to work under the orders of Jewish Russian mob leader Irana Vaslov (Kate Winslet).
In the opening credits, we hear the group of crooked cops in mid-discussion of a heist they are planning, as red lighting slowly pulls in, we start to identify each man in the group.
“This has to be done in broad daylight,” one man says as the scene switches to them successfully robbing a bank.
After their success, Vaslov tells the men’s leader, Michael Atwood (Chiwetel Ejiofor), they must perform one last impossible task, which thanks to Vaslov’s blackmailing power, they cannot decline.
Their only hope in succeeding is by pulling a 999 – police code meaning officer down—which would cause the police to head to the 999 location, creating enough distance from the heist’s location.
The story leads into the stereotypical question of who is a genuine good cop, bad cop, and which side will triumph.
The film featured various well-known actors like Aaron Paul, Norman Reedus, Casey Affleck, Woody Harrelson, Clifton Collins Jr., Gal Gadot, and Teresa Palmer.
Although each actor has been praised for their past work, some actors seemed to only give a mediocre job with the exception of Winslet, Ejiofor, and Collins through director John Hillcoat’s guidance.
Winslet was phenomenal playing the heavy Russian accent bad-ass, with class and danger written all over.
Ejiofor’s character portrayal was satisfying because he had a lot of backstory that eventually unfolded by the end of the movie.
Collins’ character grew over time, and by the end, was one worth paying attention to.
Paul failed mainly due to lack of character development. The character only seemed to appear at random moments, and had one too many late reactions that made his performance uninteresting.
Affleck’s portrayal seemed strange due to his inattentive state throughout the 2-hour film and annoying way of chewing gum, which made his character unbearable.
Unfortunately, this star-studded cast could not alone save the film from scriptwriter Matt Cook’s intangible storyline due to the lack of fluidity.
With continuous additions of needless characters, minor storylines, and predictable plot twists, the story seemed to drift from the main plot leading to unclarity throughout the movie.
Palmer and Gabot’s characters hardly influenced the film and should have been eliminated.
The violence in the film was remarkable with beheadings, explosions and numerous character deaths throughout.
The element of color implemented throughout the film was phenomenal and helped connect some loose ends.
During a slaughterhouse scene viewers see a close-up of Winslet’s red heels while animal blood is washed off the floors.
Winslet’s use of red in her wardrobe symbolized danger, and this scene served as foreshadow that any scene taken within a red room or lighting signified potential danger.
The use of sirens and hip hop music in the sound and score was another plus, which seemed to sum up the movie perfectly, confusing at the beginning but exciting towards the end.
The film itself could have called in a triple 9 to gather help, however as far as cop movies go, along with the moral that evil will never triumph, it was still an enjoyable movie to see.