“Triple 9” (Open Road)
By Catholic News Service
Cops honest and otherwise clash with Russian mobsters on the mean streets of Atlanta in this extremely violent thriller directed by John Hillcoat.
A mafia moll (Kate Winslet) blackmails corrupt officers (most prominently Chiwetel Ejiofor and Anthony Mackie) into carrying out a bank robbery, hoping to free her jailed lover back in Moscow. But a detective (Woody Harrelson) and his nephew, a rookie (Casey Affleck), suspect trouble and slowly begin to unravel the conspiracy.
This multilayered drama is a twisted tale of extortion, revenge and (ultimately) justice. The eventual wrap-up may be morally acceptable, but along the path to it a whole lot of bullets are spent and buckets of blood are shed — all to an ear-splitting soundtrack. The squeamish and those averse to grit will do well to choose another movie.
Pervasive bloody violence, including gunplay and torture, drug use, full female and rear male nudity, frequent crude and profane language. The Catholic News Service classification is L — limited adult audience, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling. The Motion Picture Association of America rating is R — restricted. Under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian.