director Hillcoat gives us superb efficient actors , an interesting plot but a disappointedly yawn worthy film in Tripple 9. despite the action and the acting on display this film is tough to sit through and easy to forget the minute you leave the hall.
a cop plans to rob a bank along with other cops for Irina played by winslet, a Russian mafia head. the cop , neck deep in corruption and scandal can't refuse this order , not to forget his son with Irina's sister too adds to the pressure. of course things don't go along as per plan and a power play ensues between the band of robbers with predictable twists and turns leading to a clichéd climax
much early on the film over stays it's welcome with showing off the ugly sides to its characters at the cost of the necessary build up to the robbery for us to care about it. everything is a large dollop of stereotype with no nuances and depth to situations or reactions there in. there is little suspense. little sense of dread and adrenaline rush. pretty much nothing to redeem this heist flick.
perhaps a better screenplay that focussed more on teh substance and less on the style would have helped the film. as of now it is a giant yawn .