Triple 9 Clips Delve Into John Hillcoat’s Seedy Criminal Underworld


Highlighting the key chess pieces found in John Hillcoat’s star-studded crime caper, the latest Triple 9 trailer (featurette?) has landed, flanked by a string of dark and atmospheric clips.

Arriving by way of Open Road Films, Triple 9 stands as Hillcoat’s first foray behind the lens since 2012’s Lawless, and the director has continued his streak of assembling a who’s who of Hollywood talent. At the core of the actioner is Casey Affleck’s rookie cop Chris Allen, who is pulled into an illicit masterplan involving blood, greed and deceit when his precinct is bribed by the Russian mafia.

Scrambling for options, the only way to pull off the seemingly impossible heist is to execute a Triple 9 (police jargon for Officer Down) in order to stage a distraction on the other end of town. But when the chips come down, the corrupt group find themselves questioning their loyalty to one and other as the once foolproof plan begins to spiral out of control.

Joining Affleck in Hillcoat’s criminal underworld are Woody Harrelson, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Kate Winslet, Anthony Mackie, Norman Reedus, Gal Gadot, and Aaron Paul.

Triple 9 will breach theaters on February 26. To get the skinny on John Hillcoat’s latest, check out our review, where Isaac Feldberg heaped praise on the flick for its rip-roaring action sequences, even if the core plot hues close to cliché.

When a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist, they realize the only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. The chaos that ensues when a police officer is shot in the line of duty 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 breakneck, action packed finale tangled with double-crosses, greed and revenge.

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