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Triple 9 review: This crime tale is both fast and furious

By Damon Smith

Venomous Russian moll Irina Vlaslov (Kate Winslet) puts the squeeze on private security contractor Michael Belmont (Chiwetel Ejiofor) and his team of dirty cops and Special Ops veterans. Michael fathered a child with Irina's sister Elena (Gal Gadot) and is beholden to the Vlaslovs if he wants access to his boy.

Irina insists that Michael and his team steal computer files from a safe house. As there's only a three-minute window, the team decide to buy time by killing a rookie cop (Casey Affleck).

Triple 9 is a taut action thriller set on the mean streets of Atlanta, where the lawmakers are just as corrupt as the wastrels they put behind bars. It's a familiar set-up and John Hillcoat's film doesn't deviate wildly from expectations, but while this fast-paced game of cops and robbers might not have originality in its arsenal, it is blessed with a stellar cast, including Woody Harrelson, and a robust script.

Three stars

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