Film review Triple Frontier
Synopsis:Loyalties are tested when five former Special Forces operatives reunite to steal a South American drug lord’s fortune.
I am among the many who have long felt that Netflix makes fantastic TV shows and average movies. So, the question must be asked, has Triple Frontier changed that perception?
Well yes and no. Triple Frontier is one of the best movies the streaming service has on offer, but it is still a B-grade movie, despite its A-list cast.
The movie is centred around Santiago “Pope” Garcia (Oscar Isaac) as he tries to recruit his former unit of elite Special Forces operatives Tom “Redfly” Davis (Ben Affleck), brothers Ben (Garrett Hedlund) and William “Ironhead” Miller (Charlie Hunnam) and Francisco “Catfish” Morales (Pedro Pascal) to rob South American drug lord Gabriel Martin Lorea.
Triple Frontier succeeds in making the ensemble cast feel like a makeshift family that have served together for years. The actors do a tremendous job in selling the shared history and lore between members.
More drama and thriller than action war movie, Triple Frontier shows the effects of war and the tension it has on relationships when plans go awry. Director J.C. Chandor excels in depicting the gritty nature of battle, as opposed to the over-the-top action scenes many Hollywood blockbusters rely on.
Visually Triple Frontier is a knockout, but it’s not without faults. The film falls into the trap plaguing many films featuring ensemble casts - not all the characters are properly fleshed out. Hunnam, Pascal and Hedlund are at times left to play second fiddle to Isaac and Affleck. Hedlund’s character isn’t even given a nickname despite every other member receiving one.
If you aren’t one of the five soldiers listed above, then your role in Triple Frontier is that of a plot device.
The film plays heavily on themes of hero worship, greed and whether money can corrupt even the most incorruptible of men. Concepts that ensure Triple Frontier will stick with viewers long after the credits roll.
Overall, Triple Frontier is a heist film that is a cut above the rest and an improvement over many Netflix original movies, but it is not without its flaws and won’t be known for reinventing the genre or becoming a cult classic.
Triple Frontier is streaming on Netflix.
Final rating: 3/5
Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund.
If you like this, try:
Sicario, Three Kings, The Hurt Locker, Traffic and The Losers.