A bunch of guys perform a bank robbery to obtain an item for a Russian mob boss, however, when said boss holds out on payment, the gang of crooked cops and criminals led by Michael (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his two buddies, Russell (Norman Reedus) & Gabe (Aaron Paul), are required to pull off another robbery before they can finally get paid. Under pressure by the mob boss' wife, Irina (Kate Winslet) and some skeptical members, whilst plotting how to pull off their next robbery, they devise a plan to pull a 'Triple 9' which will mean every cop will race and attend the scene of the crime buying them time to pull it off. However, things go awry when gang members are wary of one another, cannot trust one another and each member have their own drive and motivation. Throw in a new cop partner (Casey Affleck) in there and a Sgt. Detective (Woody Harrelson) trying to solve the bank robbery looking for every bit of clue he can find, we have ourselves a sticky situation.
This film is gritty and hard. It reminds me of training day, but with more characters and a lot more action. The pacing of the film is a little off as I found it somewhat difficult to follow and I couldn't figure out who were the cops and who were the criminals (probably playing to the aim of the director) and what the end game was. I felt like I was in the movie trying to watch my own back, it was somewhat gripping but slow in places. Not so much the twists and the turns, the film does become somewhat predictable. I do feel that maybe this film would have been better if Nolan directed it or the Russo Brothers. I can't explain it, but I felt like it was missing something.
Go and see this film though. I mean, with such a cast, with not a single person phoning it in, this is a well acted and enjoyable film. Affleck, Ejifor, Mackie, Winslet...all brilliant. Even Reedus and Paul were great. I would like to see more films for them so they can up their game. So for the most part, it's a good movie, have a gander.
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