Flash Movie Review: Triple 9

Once upon a time I had only known police officers to be friendly and helpful. There was a relative’s relative (you know, from the other side of a marriage) who was in the police force. The few times where we would be together for an occasion they were simply kind and quiet. I was told they were tough at work but I never witnessed it. In high school there was a narcotics officer who stationed himself in the cafeteria during all of the lunch periods. I remember him kidding around with the students as he patrolled the large lunchroom. He was always at the entrance first thing in the morning to greet all of us; though I always wondered if he was looking for something in particular. There was only one time where I saw him interacting with a student in a forceful way. It turned out the student was high on something and tried to resist the officer’s request to come with him to the principal’s office. That was my only contact with police officers. Sadly when you hear people talking about the police these days it tends to be with disdain and mistrust. The use of video cameras, installed on the officers and in police cars along with bystanders’ cell phones, has changed the general public’s opinions about the police. With the altercations that have been recorded and shown on the news these days, I cannot imagine someone not being affected by it in a negative way. The one reason I am not surprised by the things I have seen is because I have always had this philosophy for every occupation: someone has to graduate at the top of the class just as there has to be someone who graduates at the bottom.    UNDER pressure to commit a criminal act a group of crooked officers have to set up a code 999, which means an officer is down. This crime thriller had an amazing cast of actors that included Chiwetel Ejiofer (The Martian, Z for Zachariah) as Michael Atwood, Casey Affleck (Tower Heist, Gone Baby Gone) as Chris Allen, Anthony Mackie (Ant-Man, Our Brand is Crisis) as Marcus Belmont and Kate Winslet (Steve Jobs, Titanic) as Irina Vlaslov. Now you would think with such a group of actors this movie would be stellar, wouldn’t you? The action scenes were absolutely intense but the story went nowhere. I felt no connection to any of it; none of the scenes flowed together, it was disjointed. Sitting here and recalling the characters reminds me I knew nothing about them. It felt as if I had only seen a portion of the film; the part that had the blood and violence in it. The actors did what they could with the script but the only one that stood out for me was Casey. Kate was wasted on her role and I felt I had wasted my time watching this picture. Maybe the people involved with making this movie graduated at the bottom of their class.

 

1 3/4 stars

 

 

 

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About moviejoltz

From a long line of movie afficionados, one brother was the #1 renter of movies in the country with Blockbuster, I am following in the same traditions that came before me. To balance out the long hours seated in dark movie theaters, I also teach yoga and cycling. For the past 3 years, I have correctly picked the major Oscar winners... so join me as we explore the wonder of movies and search for that perfect 4 star movie.

Posted on March 2, 2016, in Thriller and tagged , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. Normally I would be drawn to anything starring Ejiofer or Winslet. Thanks for warning me to give this a miss.

  2. I agree with Laura, above. I adore Kate Winslet; I don’t believe I’ve seen a poor acting choice from her; though, there’s always a first time! After watching the trailer I’m not inspired to see the movie. Perhaps this is one to hire on the long list.
    I was interested to read you teach yoga. I popped along to my first yoga class (for some years) yesterday. It’s good to feel a few muscle aches; you know, the ‘good’ aches… 🙂

    • That is wonderful to hear Carolyn and yes, it is always good to be reintroduced to one’s muscles. I remind my classes that if we do not use it we lose it and our goal is to get out of a chair by ourselves when we are 90 years old. Thank you for the comments and if you still want to see this film, wait for a rental.

  3. Great end sentence ha! I’ve seen films like this where my interest hasn’t been grabbed at all and usually I care barley remember them the next day. I just don’t understand why films like this are even made to be honest. Any idea?

    • I still believe studios listen to their marketing departments instead of to good ideas. Take A listed actors and throw them into a story and people will pay to see them. I find it sad to tell you the truth. Thank you for the comments.

  4. I think the main problem with this movie is how generic it was. It had a great cast, decent story idea and the action sequences were impressive but we’ve also seen it done hundreds of times before and much much better!

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