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Triple 9 (2016)

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A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan the murder of a police officer in order to pull off their biggest heist yet across town.

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... Michael Atwood
... Chris Allen
... Marcus Belmont
... Jeffrey Allen
... Gabe Welch
... Irina Vlaslov
... Elena Vlaslov
... Russell Welch
... Michelle Allen
... Sweet Pea (as Michael K. Williams)
... Franco Rodriguez
... Trina Ling
... Joshua Parks
... Leah Green
... Ben Feldman (as Alexandr Babara)
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In TRIPLE 9, a crew of dirty cops are blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for "officer down". Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge. Written by Open Road Films

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Never let your guard down here See more »


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Rated R for strong violence and language throughout, drug use and some nudity | See all certifications »

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26 February 2016 (USA)  »

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$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,109,085, 28 February 2016, Wide Release

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$12,626,905, 10 April 2016
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Michael B. Jordan was originally cast but he dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. He was replaced by Anthony Mackie. See more »

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At the beginning credits and throughout the movie, even though the location is Atlanta, Georgia, the codes used are California Penal Code sections and West Coast police radio codes - i.e. 211 for robbery, 207 for kidnap, 415 for disturbance. See more »

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Michael Atwood: The more jobs we do with these guys...
Russell Welch: The more they squeeze us. Fucking Russians.
Michael Atwood: Vassili kept things tight. At least you knew where you were. But this bitch? I don't know.
Russell Welch: No shit. I can almost feel her breathing down our necks.
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Featured in Projector: Triple 9/A Bigger Splash (2016) See more »

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Written by Stephen Bray
Performed by Stephen Bray
Courtesy of Masterphonic Music Works
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Not essential viewing.
3 March 2016 | by See all my reviews

Since The Proposition was unleashed on audiences back in 2005, Aussie filmmaker John Hillcoat has made a name for himself as an uncompromising and ambitious auteur, bringing together A-list casts for bleak and uneasy thrillers. His latest Hollywood effort – following The Road and Lawless – dives into the grubby underground of Atlanta, where corrupt cops, ruthless bank robbers and Russian mobsters are often one and the same. A nice world this ain't. There's an unrelenting grimness to this noir-ish street saga that generates the desired mood, and the high level of dread permeating throughout proceedings maintains tension despite a predictably death-happy final act. Yet Hillcoat struggles to fully wrangle Matt Cook's twisty-turny screenplay; what could've been an intriguing web of lies, double-crosses and daring crimes becomes a less believable concoction of coincidences, plot contrivances and dubious character choices. Taking a leaflet out of Michael Mann's book of realistic action, the handful of set pieces are executed with flair, precision and unwavering violence, with an extended gun fight at the halfway point harking back to Mann's own Heat (albeit without topping it). Unfortunately the film is also let down by its vast array of players. Other than Casey Affleck's honest but worn-down cop, everyone else is evil and unpleasant to varying degrees – and rarely more than a caricature – making it hard to care about their fates. Hillcoat's menacing tone and visual ferocity ensure a certain level of interest and entertainment, but narrative and character weaknesses stop Triple 9 from being essential viewing.


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