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‘Triple 9’ Review: Starring Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie & Kate Winslet

It’s important to go into this film not knowing a whole lot about the plot and who are the bad guys and who are the good guys. It will be a better entertainment experience that way. To keep it simple here, a gang of criminals and a group of corrupt cops are planning the murder of a cop in order to pull off the biggest heist Atlanta has seen. There’s also the element of Russian gangsters involved (Kate Winslet and Gal Gadot who play sisters) and that is a different story entirely.

The talent in this film is incredible. We have Casey Affleck, Anthony Mackie, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Norman Reedus, Aaron Paul, Woody Harrelson, Teresa Palmer, Kate Winslet and Gal Gadot. Even in the littlest screen time that some have they give a memorable performance. Though I would’ve loved to see Gal Gadot in it more.

The scene-stealers in the film are Casey Affleck and Kate Winslet. Affleck plays Chris Allen, a cop new to the force in Atlanta. He gives Chris a humble yet strong ferocity, which makes him extremely likable as, we see the events unfold around him. Kate Winslet is amazing as Irina Vlaslov, the head of the Russian mob who slays with every glance or the turn of her head. Her character is unpredictable and fierce, the exact parallel of Affleck’s character yet the two don’t share any screen time together. Winslet is also given the best dialogue in the film, showing how racist and uncaring she is.

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Director John Hillcoat’s (Lawless) Triple 9 is enticing and packed full of incredible actors, but its Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck who stand out among their co-stars. I want to see a prequel solely on Winslet’s Russian gangster character. Seriously John Hillcoat, can we make that happen?

Sure, there are definitely several elements that are similar to Martin Scorsese’s The Departed, but every corrupt cop film is going to have that.

What I Liked: Kate Winslet and Gal Gadot as sisters, because why not?; Casey Affleck finally back in a great starting role; Aaron Paul connecting back to his Jess Pinkman roots; the scene when Casey Affleck and his team are chasing after the bad guy through an apartment building

What I Didn’t Like: The fact that Gal Gadot only had 5 minutes of screen time; The story is a little been there done that

How Many Times I Checked the Time: 0

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