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Triple 9 Review (2016) | Dirty Cop Fast Paced Thriller| Mediocre Theme Build Up

Triple 9 is corruption intermingled with a heist story. The best thing about it is that it has actors who can really act, and a director who can really direct. Just look at the star cast; you will be blown away to pieces by the number of veterans it packs. But the big question is does John Hillcoat use them enough?


The movie justifies its moniker as it capers around the theme number of times. Pulling a Triple 9 as a diversion so that a robbery could progress unimpeded is what the movie endeavours to run its plot on. However, it focuses on everything else leaving out that perfect crime that it should have aced.

Triple Nine movie also tries to weave a complex story that entails dirty cops getting greedy for moolah, Russian clients withholding money to get more jobs done, threatening the team and familia to see the latter through, and betwixt all the commotion pulverizing a clueless good cop.


The way Triple 9 has been helmed will leave you appreciating the knack Hillcoat retains for acing cop-robbery movies. His pace is stunning and will keep you interested. He does a good follow up of characters, ending his incessant runs at right moments. However, the weird thing about his direction is that he ends up focusing on triviality too much. Like that instant where he follows up what Gabe Welch was drinking (Jack Daniels) to make a point.

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Whilst you might have seen bank robberies a bazillion times in movies, you might wonder if Triple 9 heists have something to shake things up a little. Sadly it doesn’t have that thrill to tingle your bones. The big question from the first heist is if they were doing it all for the money primarily, why didn’t they go for the money from the banks in the first place?

Overlooking that, and focusing on the good stuff, you see Chiwetel Ejiofor as Michael Atwood bringing in a rare charm through his demenaour. He walks around confidently, composedly seeing everything through, that will make you remember him for his finesse.

The second heist is performed by just two men that makes it a downhill journey per se. But surprisingly things pan out for them. Watch out for that security guard leg though!


Woody Harrelson’s flair is as astounding as all of his roles that somehow put him in a cop story. Sadly the screenplay basket doesn’t hold aplenty to gnaw upon. His character Jeffrey Allen build-up is not exactly heroic, but he still manages to reach there.

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Casey Affleck creates a superb comportment for Chris Allen. He carries this rare cool mien throughout the movie with that everlasting chewing gum that you can feel that character come alive.

Anthony Mackie as Marcus Belmont is the next best thing to the tale. He is in a constant tussle with himself to pull a betrayal over Chris. Gabe Welch is the weakest link to the story as he tries to decimate the plans of the group suddenly with a change of heart. Even though Aaron Paul does fair justice to him, I wish the reason for him to turn should have been brought into the vanguard. Oooh Oooh Anthony Mackie calls him “Bitch!” one time. 😛


Constant follow up to the Michael Atwood story will have you take him for a heroic figure, but Matt Cook, the writer of Triple 9 has other plans for him. Kate Winslet does a fairly good Irina Vlaslov but you can’t take her seriously for a mafia head. She doesn’t come too strong although her screenplay fits her character like a glove.

The most complex of all characters is that of Clifton Collins Jr. who plays Franco Rodriguez. You do not see him coming! The fact that everything sieves out on its own, might dilate your eyes though.

The best part of the Triple 9 movie which was superbly shot was that ‘breaking in the neighbourhood’ scene. The mission is a constant follow up as Chris heads his team with a tactical. The shootout is absolutely thrilling to watch.


There are other downsides to triple nine apart from the aforementioned. For instance a lot of characters are simply there. I mean look at Gal Gadot who plays Elena Vlaslov. She becomes nothing but a sheer reference to her sister. There isn’t a proper character development there. Norman Reedus gets the faintest of screen time. I wish he had more. His talent ends up getting smothered, like literally, in the first few frames itself.

What constantly messes with the story is the fact that you are able to see everything through but unfortunately Chris isn’t. He is blind like a bat, and it becomes hopeless at times, if it weren’t for Jeffrey who constantly does the research and all the detective work. We could have done with a better climactic revelation kind of stuff in the end, which might have pulled the plot tauter. Also, the fact that Triple Nine goes a tad banal in the thrill department will have you miffed a little bit.

Even though there is subtlety to how the movie ends, threads still remain open. You are forced to wonder about so many things, and loose ends that don’t come to fruition. Every character is dispensable, so if you were saving your favourites, one recommendation: simply don’t!


At the end of it all Triple 9 still gets saved by powerpack performances by its stellar cast and brilliant direction.

Check out the trailer of Triple 9 movie here:

Criminal Review (2016)

Terrible waste of talent!

Okay, so the cast of the Criminal will blow your mind away. But was it all really needed when you were trying to cook an under-cooked meal? When you look at the screen time people have in the flick, known faces that try to earn a role with their popularity meter have measly dialogues to deliver, you can’t help feel sorry for them. I will name them one by one.


  1. Ryan Reynolds: Although Criminal tries to cash in on his name, he has the most laconic role ever. He disappears with a cameo. Budget issues? I get it that it was supposed to be the storyline. But really, you kill him that early? At least delve into the details!
  2. Scott Adkins: The guy can do so much. But all Vromen asked him to do was stand next to Oldman taking orders, listening to what’s next in the course like a normal guy. That was pretty much it! Did the director even know he could fight? Should have taken tips to include a fight scene at least?
  3. Michael Pitt: All he did was wait, smoke, wait more, react to some failure, eventually got shot.
  4. Antje Traue: She looked promising for a while as she slithered in that T-X kinda feel. But where does she end up? Under a bashed pot!
  5. Tommy Lee Jones: He appeared to the scene when he wanted to expound terse memory concepts, and to get ravaged by another ‘Old’Man fury.
  6. Amaury Nolasco: He was just there.
  7. Alice Eve: Was she even there?

Taking the spotlight to other actors now, those who could really act. Starting off with Kevin Costner. He still has it in him. You have to give it to him. Had this plot demanded more of him, I have no doubt he could deliver. Gal Gadot was simply good. Gary Oldman gets under the skin of his character so good that you cannot even poke him without getting gouged at. He is definitely good. Unfortunately none of them knew what ground they were in. It was a landslide, and they were dancing on it.


I wish the concept of Criminal found a better director. Definitely not Ariel Vromen. There is no subtlety in him. It flung me into minutes of boredom and insouciance in the beginning itself that it was hard to concentrate. Good thing Costner did some crazy stuff to bring back the Mojo. Otherwise, it was simply falling down.

I say, this movie is criminal. It deprived us of our time, and plundered us of our money.

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice Review (2016) | Adrenaline rush

Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice is as dark as it gets. The world reeks of a Batsy who isn’t afraid to decimate, a misunderstood Sups trying to prove himself to the people, and a psychotic villain Lex who has bigger roguish plans in mind.

“You are not brave. Men are brave.”


Zack Snyder tries to delve into an era that began it all. He had so much to cover in a screen time that allows only a part of our life to be fantastically get miracle-struck. There were so many characters to visit in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. So many criticalities to maintain without messing too much with the originality. So many action sequences to be covered, villainy to visit and a big gravitas to partake upon! Is he able to deliver? Yes! The end result is outrageously awesome!


Lo! Behold! The DC Extended Universe has finally unfurled, with a proper pledge to hold the ground this time around with Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice. Zack has found a firm understructure that promises to write some impending tales of badass. We are left with open strings that are yet to find their knots and storylines that are about to become exceptional DC stories that will rummage out all extraordinary ideas in the open.


still of Jesse Eisenberg from Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice

We have finally found the Lex Luthor in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice that we have been waiting for so long. Jesse Eisenberg nails a taut Luthor who is deranged, unhinged, has the right words in the mouth, crooked and who always seems to stay ahead of the curve. He has all the features that we expect to see in a LexCorp promenade. Watch out for his screenplay! Totally owns the show!


Ben Affleck walks in with the right mien right from the start as he keeps finding himself reasons to hate Superman more. The dread in his voice is real and he makes Batsy scarier and better. A nod there to Ben! Ye have been accepted!

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Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman is brilliant too. Her entry chimes with superheroic pizzazz.


Taking the levels of action-notch up a notch are Batman v Superman’s enthralling visual effects. A mind-boggling presentation that Zack scores with just the right angles! The bombardment and the annihilation come trundling from the graves of the extraordinaire. Adrenaline finds a new high!


Hans Zimmer and Junkie XL nail the flick’s music to perfection. Watch out for areas where the notes reach a new upbeat high, and tranches at alluring lows. Complements all frames magnificently!


Even though there were ignorable bits in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice that try to mess with the regular flow, the consequence ups the stage of all benchmarks set prior for action movies. The Bat fighting seq that we see portrays an action akin to the video games franchise. He is ruthless and isn’t afraid to bring the house down spearheading with sheer chaos, brings complete destruction with his fighting moves.

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Things that the movie missed out on are in creating the right air for the Keefe preparation. The editing went shoddy there, as Zack fails to cash in on Scoot McNairy’s character, a talented actor who gets lost in an epic tale. Also, the parallel dimensional vision, even though a tad self-explanatory, I have reason to believe people might not have understood the reference. I could have used one step at a time rather than a hotchpotch.

Another bit, where Diana spends hours to see what is going on in the meta human department as daft references were made through video frames, was unnecessary and we could have lived without. One step at a time, again! Also, the scavenging for Kryptonite seemed a wee bit forced, primarily to make the superheroes encounter each other.


The big battle between the two in Batman v Superman Dawn of Justice doesn’t match the levels of what we have already perceived in comics and animated series. But it is still very good as Batsy keeps acing his blows with expert lines.

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Doomsday makes things even better with his presence. But I feel he deserves more screen time taking into consideration the kind of villain he is, and what he means to the comic world. We meet the popular Kryptonian end in this one, but we already knew how that was supposed to pan out! Didn’t we? 😉

Highly recommended for all DC lovers and action buffs! I choose to ignore Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice movie’s flaws for the sheer fact that I am a loco DC buff. So good, I am going to watch this flick again.

Doomsday is here! Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice first look

All hail Doomsday!

The most badass trailer of Superman vs Batman: Dawn of Justice has hit the world. He is here. The slayer of Superman! So we know him as. The reason Superman went missing from the comic universe for a while! He has finally made his entrance (a theatrical one) into the mainstream cinema, and he wouldn’t stop at nothing to do it again in front of zillions of live audience.

People who already know him from the DC universe have gone crazy. Those who don’t know him, the aforementioned plot details would suffice. We don’t want to spoil it for ya!

Looks: So yes even I was surprised when I saw him for the first time in the trailer. He looked more like a ninja turtle if it were not for his laser wielding eyes. Some have been abominating him saying he resembles The Abomination (The Incredible Hulk villain) from the Marvel universe. Ok yes the latter resemblance was quite uncanny. Also, where did the Doomsday mane go? His bones look great. He is big too. Boy I am reminiscent already! But we don’t really care, as long as Zack keeps the storyline awesome. I just want his direction to touch Nolan heights. And fingers crossed!

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Something tells me, the storyline isn’t going to be exactly the same as that of the comics or the animated series. His origins from the trailer seem to be Zod’s DNA or something, with some rad Luthor perversion doing some black magic in the backdrop, which is totally unlike the original story.

Whatever the reason for his existence must be or whoever is bringing him to life, we are super-psyched to have him here and thrilled to finally see him get personified into a character that actually looks good.

The world accepts you Doomsday! Welcome!