When I think back to the kind of films I used to stay up late to watch secretly on a school night, Triple 9 falls nicely into the category. It executes some intense action scenes, there’s some interesting characters, and most importantly the plot is wafer thin so it doesn’t matter if I fall asleep.
If you’re looking for that kind of film that doesn’t require 100% of your attention, it’s a safe bet to head towards Triple 9. However, it does fall into that Mission Impossible territory that relies heavily on twists and shock moments to push the story forward. The only problem is here is that some of those moments make little sense with regards to the characters. Some of them chop and change personalities almost constantly and its hard to grasp their true motives at points.
Fortunately, Triple 9 does have the odd action scene to keep your interest and distract you from the yawn of a screenplay. One in particular about half way through the film is a true balls on the line scene that is really difficult to predict where its going, ironically helped by the film’s twists making it difficult to read.
Triple 9, if taken in its simplest form, is a decent action thriller, but when you look at a cast that includes Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet and Casey Affleck to name but a few you should be expecting more. Unfortunately for a film that clearly strives for greater, it’s only achievement will be sitting aside films like Man on Fire and Along came a Spider in monthly TV runs.