Director John Hillcoat Says The Film Industry Has “Lost Its Nerve”

While most of the current Hollywood headlines are focused on the Academy Awards, there were some new movies this weekend, too — including Triple 9, a sprawling crime drama with a cast that includes (deep breath) Casey Affleck, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Anthony Mackie, Aaron Paul, Kate Winslet, Woody Harrelson and future Wonder Woman Gal Gadot.

I spoke to director John Hillcoat before the release about the film, as well as the broader direction of the industry. Hillcoat’s had an interesting career in recent years, directing movies that are neither tiny indies nor big blockbusters — The Road, for example, was a post-apocalyptic drama based on an award-winning novel, with a reported $25 million budget and Viggo Mortenson in the lead.

Hillcoat has described Triple 9 as his attempt to…

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