Michael Belmont (Chiwetel Ejiofor) is Ex-Special Forces and indebted to Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet), the wife of a Jewish Russian Mob Boss who’s imprisoned back home. Irina promises to pay handsomely if, Michael and his team of corrupt Atlanta detectives can recover items from a bank’s vault. Irina’s sister, Elena (Gal Gadot) has a son with Michael but, Irina has the boy in custody, as an extra incentive for Michael to complete his tasks. With a window of 5 minutes to acquire the package, the team moves quickly; but the apparently their mission isn’t complete in Irina’s eyes. There’s still one major item to be acquired before Michael’s debts are settled. The package sits somewhere inside of a Homeland Security compound. If everything went well, the crew could be in and out in about 15 minutes. Several minutes longer than the average response time for cops to arrive, the only chance of success is to draw all cops to an event, big enough to draw every cop in the city. A triple 9 call.
999 is the police code for a ‘Officer Down’ in the Atlanta Police Department. In that situation all available units would respond to the 999 call, leaving the rest of the city greatly underserved. 999 is the perfect opportunity to infiltrate a Homeland Security compound and steal another package for Irina. Tempers flare as the guys are backed into a corner, but Detective Atwood (Anthony Mackie) has even more problems when he’s assigned a rookie transfer from ‘Zone 2’ (Casey Affleck) a generally safer, low crime area. The moral complexities aside from potentially fatally wounding a fellow officer, the boys are running out of options and time before they end up on Irina’s hit list.
Triple 9 wants to be a tense thriller, set in the inner city; where cops routinely cross the line between good and bad, but none of the principal cast are likeable. Why would I care if Michael is trying to win his son back from the Russian Mafia, if he’s a dishonourable cur at his core. If Karma is to be believed, then every lowlife should pay for their actions in the end. Hollywood generally agrees with this construct, as it doesn’t matter how many crosses and double-crosses there are, good v. evil has a pretty predictable outcome.
Rated: R @ 115 mins