Film: Taut thriller that packs a dramatic punch

Hillcoat builds layer upon layer onto his gritty story

21st February, 2016
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John Hillcoat’s Triple 9 is slick, violent – and greasy

Australian director John Hillcoat follows his misshapen Prohibition gangster movie Lawless with the considerably tauter and tighter heist picture Triple 9. This greasy story of dishonour among thieves is set among the Russian mafia operation in the steamy concrete swamp of Atlanta. Slick and grimly violent, Hillcoat negotiates a complex plot with practised facility, delivering a series of hard-hitting scenes which, at their most intense, recall Michael Mann’s Heat.

The film opens with a...

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