11/29/2016

On Dangerous Ground (1951) ***

Triple 9 (2016) ***

My thoughts from my first viewing (below) remain the same. Solid film, underdeveloped characters, somewhat wasted cast of heavies, doesn't offer anything that films that have come before did better, plays more like an extended television episode. I actually didn't realize that Atticus Ross was one of the composers (which probably makes more sense for this subject matter than Hillcoat's usual composer duo) but the score isn't memorable.

Well, it seems the reviewers were right about this one after all. A solid film but definitely the weakest one by Hillcoat so far. It just feels generic, which is a shame because I really like Hillcoat's other 3 films (especially THE PROPOSITION and LAWLESS is underrated). This is such an impressive cast on paper but no one really impresses. There are some exciting heist and chase sequences but as a whole TRIPLE 9 falls short. It's just another story of corrupt cops and gangsters with nothing setting it apart. The absence of Nick Cave and Warren Ellis in the scoring department is a shame too, as their contributions to Hillcoat's other 3 films was integral.