When a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist, they realise the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a '999' - police code for 'officer down'. The chaos that ensues is just the diversion they'll need to do the job, but whether they have the will to kill one of their own is an entirely different matter. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a full-throttle finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.
Superior cops-and-robbers movie
- Triple 9 review by RS
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This tense cops-on-the-make saga, in the tradition of TV series The Shield, has no right to be so riveting. Chiwetel Ejiofor, cinema’s 12yr slave, is charismatic as the chief baddie. John Hillcoat directs with pace and a sharp eye. The gifted Atticus Ross underpins the action with an insistent soundtrack. He should be employed on superhero films to wean them off John Williams-type generic muzak. Even Woody Harrelson’s stereotypical hard-bitten detective and Casey Affleck’s congenital mumbling become less irritating as the plot negotiates its twists and turns. The whole package gets better and better as the complex narrative unfolds, so much so that you may even temporarily forget Heat and LA Confidential.
Never even got to where Casey and Woody came in. Couldn't see the point of wasting bulb hours on my projector. Just more talking and violence, inter dispersed with down home US swearing and mindless conversation. Cheap films to make the crime/thriller......can reel them out..literally........wonder if that is where the saying came from..........reel upon reel.......