Triple 9

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(USA) Ac­tion/Crime. Di­rected by John Hill­coat. Star­ring Anthony Mackie, Chi­we­tel Ejio­for, Casey Af­fleck, Aaron Paul, Woody Har­rel­son, Norman Ree­dus, Clifton Collins Jr., Kate Winslet, Gal Gadot. Cat­e­gory III. 115 min­utes. Opened Jun 9. What do you feel like watch­ing this sum­mer? A high-oc­tane heist ca­per? An ammo-fu­eled cops-n-rob­bers romp? A blood­soaked cop drama? “Why not have ’em all?” is what direc­tor John Hill­coat must have been think­ing when he shot “Triple 9.” For today’s short-at­ten­tion-spanned cinema­go­ers, this film packs a taster of all of the above, steal­ing snip­pets from genre clas­sics to fill its boots. Orig­i­nal? Per­haps not. But it’s all im­pec­ca­bly good fun.

The plot is one of the twisti­est we’ve come across all year, serv­ing its genre well. For the heist: Four men in down­town At­lanta break into a bank to steal what’s locked up in a se­cu­rity de­posit box, whizzing out on a semi-botched get­away which causes a pile-up/shootout on a high­way. We dis­cover that this gang is headed up by a group of crooked cops (Chi­we­tel Ejio­for, Anthony Mackie and Clifton Collins Jr.), with a get­away driver and the driver’s re­cently drug-free younger brother (Aaron Paul, TV’s “Break­ing Bad”) in tow.

Why the rob­bery? Turns out it was a job for the Rus­sian mafia. But ma­tri­arch Irina Vlaslov (a very badass and qui­etly ter­ri­fy­ing Kate Winslet) isn’t done with them yet, and wants an­other heist pulled be­fore she pays up.

Mean­while, the cops are still do­ing their bad­die-catch­ing day jobs, which means work­ing closer with the gangs of At­lanta than any straight cop would like. Echo­ing “Train­ing Day,” Anthony Mackie’s crooked of­fi­cer is handed a rookie

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