Triple 9 (2016)

triple 9


Plot: 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.


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Too Much Going On


Story: Triple 9 starts as we watch our criminal team of Michael (Ejiofor), Marcus (Mackie) Russell (Reedus), Gabe (Paul) and Franco (Collins Jr) who are working for a new Russian force run by Irina Vlaslov (Winslett). The job doesn’t go as smoothly as planned but we learn that these men are actually all cops. Jeffrey Allen (Harrelson) is the man trying to solve the robbery as his nephew Chris (Affleck) starts on the force partnering with Marcus.

When Michael thinks they are out he gets given one last job and to show how serious they are by killing one of the crew. The plan to complete the job is to kill a cop taking all of the police to the wrong side of town while they complete job, but not everything is as it seems.

Triple 9 is a crime thriller that does take away the twists we see too often in these films by instantly telling us we are dealing with corrupt cops. This is something I did like and mostly the only thing I really did like. The film has too many characters in that we are meant to want to follow, mostly all bad people too which doesn’t help us route for anyone to win. I think having too many big names doesn’t help either because we are expecting more scenes for them all. This really does come off as over complicated throughout.


Actor Review


Chiwetel Ejiofor: Michael is the corrupt cop leading the group of thieves, he has all the communication with Irina due to his relationship with her sister and the child they have together. He has to lead his crew on one final job that has the biggest score of their careers but if they don’t complete the job they will be killed. Chiwetel is good in this leading role showing that he could handle leading such a big cast.

Casey Affleck: Chris is fresh to the department a clean by the book officers with a family, he gets assigned to work under Marcus where the styles quickly clash. Chris finds himself trying to learn the new department only to discover the truth. Casey is good but suffers with lack on screen time for what should be one of the main characters.

Anthony Mackie: Marcus is the second in command still working on the force to keep face and connections in the crime world. He has to become the partner of Chris where he does want to make the unthinkable happen. Anthony is solid going against the Captain America character he has been playing recently.

Woody Harrelson: Jeffrey is the detective from the Major Crimes division that is trying to find the men in the crime team, his nephew is Chris which when he learns the truth proves just how desperate he is to solve the crime. Woody is his ever reliable self in this role without reaching his top levels.

Kate Winslet: Irina is running the crime family while her husband is in jail and this involved getting people to do her dirty work including Michael and his team. Kate is solid in this role but you just never believe her in this villainous role.

Support Cast: Triple 9 has a big supporting cast to go along with the main five, not everyone shines enough to make an impact but also nobody is bad. It was good to see Norman Reedus and Aaron Paul stepping up from the television screens.

Director Review: John HillcoatJohn tries to bring a fresh approach to the crime heist world but then gets everything just too over complicated.


Action: Triple 9 has a couple of good action sequences with the raid in the flats and the bank robbery coming off nice.

Crime: Triple 9 puts us in the middle of a crime boss, corrupt cop and honest cops trying to stay ahead of each other.

Thriller: Triple 9 tries to keep us on edge from start to finish but doesn’t keep us truly interested with all of the characters involved.

Settings: Triple 9 doesn’t have any iconic settings used in the film which doesn’t help to make anything memorable.
Special Effects
: Triple 9 has basic effects when it comes to the scenes that need them but again nothing special.

Suggestion: Triple 9 is one to wait till it appears on TV to watch. (TV Viewing)


Best Part: Bank robbery.

Worst Part: Too many characters.


Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $28 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 55 Minutes

Tagline: Never forget what side you’re on


Overall: Overly complicated crime thriller



The Gambler (2015)

logoDirector: Rupert Wyatt

Writer: William Monahan (Screenplay) James Toback (Original Screenplay)

Starring: Mark Wahlberg, Jessica Lange, Brie Larson, George Kennedy, Michael Kenneth Williams, John Goodman


Plot: Lit professor and gambler Jim Bennett’s debt causes him to borrow money from his mother and a loan shark. Further complicating his situation is his relationship with one of his students. Will Bennett risk his life for a second chance?


There may be spoilers the rest of the review


Verdict: Painfully Dull


Story: The Gambler starts with Jim Bennett (Wahlberg) in a hospital with his dying grandfather. Jimmy is a gambler and he takes on the most elite unground games in the city he starts with blackjack turning $10,000 into $80,000 but within the five minutes he lost it all. Jim owes the owner money and borrows money from another man who lends him $50,000 as he goes after the money he owes. Jim does make the money back and then some on blackjack before blowing it all on roulette.

Returning to his day job Jim is a college professor who teaches English trying to inspiring the next generation of writers. One of his students Amy Phillips (Larson) very quiet but Jim sees her as the potential best student he has. Jimmy goes to his mother Roberta (Lange) for money she refuses to help to try and teach him the lesson for himself. Jim goes to Frank (Goodman) who can’t understand how Jim wants that much money when he should be able to cope by himself. Frank refuses to lend the money leading to Neville (Williams) wanting his money back early. Jim has to find a way to pay back all the money he owes but his lifestyle doesn’t seem to help in any way.

The Gambler is one of those films that has such an interesting idea but seemingly goes nowhere fast. The idea that this man is involved in gambling is good and how he owes multiply people money I can go with but then just blowing it over and over again while have a good normal well-paying job makes very little sense. We end up watching a one man crash which turns boring with not a single scene pulling you in to the story in anyway. We are left not rooting for the lead, not caring what the loan sharks do and for the students what are they thinking? This really was a poor story that is easily forgotten. (3/10)


Actor Review


Mark Walberg: Jim Bennett the English professor who has a slight gambling problem which leads him to grow his debts. He tests all his personal relationships to repay the debts. Mark has tried playing a teacher, remember ‘The Happening’ yeah this guy can’t play teacher. (3/10)


Support Cast: The Gambler has a supporting cast that is students who all seem to make weird choice for their situation, loan sharks who keep giving money to a guy who never seems to pay it back and family that hates our lead. They all come into the week that Jim is having without really making you wonder what will be said.


Director Review: Rupert Wyatt – Rupert doesn’t drive the story home as hard as it should have been and it ends off coming off very plan and forgettable. (4/10)


Crime: The Gambler shows that happens when you get mixed up with loan sharks in the underground crime scene. (7/10)

Thriller: The Gambler doesn’t manage to pull you in like it should have done. (3/10)

Settings: The Gambler settings all look very generic for the type of film. (5/10)

Suggestion: The Gambler is one you could easily miss and not have to worry about people asking you if you saw it. (Miss It)


Best Part: Basketball scene is about as good as it gets.

Worst Part: Dull storyline.


Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No


Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $33 Million (So Far)

Budget: $25 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 51 Minutes

Tagline: The Only way out is All in.


Overall: Way To Boring

Rating 30