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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.


John Hillcoat


Matt Cook
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4 nominations. See more awards »





Cast overview, first billed only:
Chiwetel Ejiofor ... Michael Atwood
Casey Affleck ... Chris Allen
Anthony Mackie ... Marcus Belmont
Woody Harrelson ... Jeffrey Allen
Aaron Paul ... Gabe Welch
Kate Winslet ... Irina Vlaslov
Gal Gadot ... Elena Vlaslov
Norman Reedus ... Russell Welch
Teresa Palmer ... Michelle Allen
Michael Kenneth Williams ... Sweet Pea (as Michael K. Williams)
Clifton Collins Jr. ... Franco Rodriguez
Michelle Ang ... Trina Ling
Terence Rosemore ... Joshua Parks
Terri Abney ... Leah Green
Alexander Babara ... Ben Feldman (as Alexandr Babara)


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Never walk away from the fight See more »


Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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English | Spanish | Russian

Release Date:

26 February 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

999 See more »

Filming Locations:

Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$12,626,905, 10 April 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


Color | Black and White (some sequences)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Casey Affleck is chewing gum in about every scene. See more »


At 19:20 into the film, while the police sergeant is speaking to the detectives, Chris is looking at the floor to his left, but then in the next shot (continuous with the sarge's dialog) he is looking up at Marcus to his right. See more »


[first lines]
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 »


Written by B-Real (as Louis Freeze) and Larry Muggerud
Performed by Cypress Hill
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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Cop vs Dirty Cop
19 February 2016 | by coreyjdenfordSee all my reviews

This is my review of Triple 9 (spoiler free)

Directed by John Hillcoat

Distributor: Entertainment One.

Cast: Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Academy Award Nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor*, 2 time Academy Award nominee Woody Harrelson**, Aaron Paul, Academy Award Winner Kate Winslet***, Norman Reedus.

Plot: A gang of criminals and corrupt cops plan to kill an officer to pull off the biggest heist yet across the town.

Casey Affleck stars as Chris Allen the nephew of Sergeant Detective Jeffrey Allen (Harrelson) the cop behind the investigation of catching the criminals, and figuring out who the corrupt cops are. Terrell Tompkins (Ejiofor) is the leader of the corrupt cops lead by Irina Vlaslov (Winslet), Winslet's stand out performance really puts the film together kind of like in last year's Steve Jobs.

Although this dark and gritty cop thriller was almost never made by Australian director John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road), mainly because of production problems and loads of actors dropping out. For example Shia LeBeouf became Charlie Hunnam became Casey Affleck for Chris Allen, then Michael B. Jordan became Mackie as Marcus Atwood, Cate Blanchett replaced for Kate Winslet and Christoph Waltz for Woody Harrelson.

It's courageous yet patchy in parts but still gets the story through, but not as good as Dennis Villeneuve's criminally underrated Sicario (2015) it still is a gripping and action packed adventure.

These are the reasons why I think this is a must see thriller:

Captivating set-pieces: There are several set-pieces used in the film one of them even takes the film to the next level. The main set-piece that will grab your attention is the Ram Raid around the middle of the film, that is truly an original set-piece that is very gripping.

Strong Cast: The cast really makes this film people like Chiwetel Ejiofor known 12 Years A Slave, and last years The Martian, Anthony Mackie plays The Falcon in so many Marvel films, Finally the real performance comes from Kate Winslet and her very convincing Russian accent. They make this film a must in my opinion.

Finally with the amazing action and intense set-pieces this film is like Point Break vs Sicario and is truly a once in a life time thriller that will have you gripping your seat from start finish. Although it is not for the faint-hearted.

Verdict: If you like Se7en and Animal Kingdom and very dark cop thrillers this is the film for you. 8/10 a must watch.

*Best performance by an Actor in a leading role 12 Years a Slave (2013), **Best performance by an Actor in a supporting role The Messenger (2009) & Best Actor in a Leading Role The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996), ***Best Actress in a Leading Role The Reader (2008).

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