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Parents' Guide to

Triple 9

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Complex, vivid crime story; very strong violence, language.

Movie R 2016 115 minutes
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Community Reviews

age 16+

Based on 4 parent reviews

age 16+

Not hard to figure out

Triple 9 was well acted with tons of action scenes added to it. There is a lot of parts in it that anyone under 16 shouldn't know or see. Language is as usual in a type of crime/cop movie. Violence is not as bad as you would think. It's that type of movie that was not in theater long but became to be a good outcome for watching it. Recomend it to anyone who likes good cop:bad cop movies.
age 16+

This title has:

Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (4 ):
Kids say (9 ):

Establishing himself as a director of tough genre films, John Hillcoat offers this multi-faceted, devilishly complex crime thriller without wasting any time on needless background. Ragged and colorful, TRIPLE 9 -- the title comes from the police code for "officer down" -- doesn't offer any expository background for its characters. What's there is observed and inferred through behavior and interaction; the characters come alive organically.

Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road, Lawless) does a remarkable job of juggling all the characters; even those with smaller roles have vivid personalities. But the complex plot can sometimes fall prey to the movie's melting-pot quality. It's easy to lose track of things. Likewise, the action sequences, while appropriately raw, have a reckless quality that might be disorienting. But this is a strong piece of work, rugged, sturdy, and entertaining in the best way.

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