It only took me a year to watch a movie I really wanted to see. Triple Frontier came out in March of 2019 and featured one of my favourite actors, Ben Affleck, along with a cast of amazing actors. Oscar Issac, Charlie Hunnam, Garret Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal round out a team of former military personnel who go deep into the jungles of South America to perform a heist on a drug lord.
I loved this movie. I was invested from the beginning and waited with anticipation for the ending to unfold. One of the main characters doesn’t make it, and although it may not come as a surprise, I totally did not see it happening.
The heist itself is incredible. There’s money all over the house, and there aren’t enough bags to carry all the dough out. Then once the guys escape, there’s an even more intense helicopter ride that tests the limits of their military-grade chopper.
Even though these guys “stole” hundreds of millions of dollars, you begin to feel bad for them as they have to unload bags of money to continue their journey through the mountains. As the situation turns from bad to worse, you even begin to wonder if they will make it at all. I thought it was very suspenseful, but if you want to argue with me about how predictable it all was, go ahead.
Most movies with soldiers in the story usually center their emotions and actions around their brotherhood. You can really sense these guys care for one another and would put their lives on the line to save each other.
If Triple Frontier was a movie I could buy on Blu-Ray, I would because I have every intention of watching this again. The ending may suck and ruin all the action from before, but it really does tailor to each character’s wants and desires. It may not be the prettiest way to wrap it up, but it does provide justice to the fallen brother and the whole purpose of the mission. 8/10
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I think we had very different takes on this. I thought it was predictable and derivative with phoned in performances and direction and little or no tension. I can see what J.C. Chandon was trying to do but it was all a bit too literal to have much of an impact. I am sure some will love the kind of “brothers in arms against a corrupt machine” narrative but I just thought they were a group of idiots making bad decisions. And frankly I was bored, which is the antithesis of how an action movie should make you feel. If it’s not going to have the guts to drive the dark, gritty reality of what combat does to one’s mental health than it needs to be fun. Triple Frontier is not dark enough and it’s not one bit fun. I failed to give a shit what happened to any of its characters because they felt like two dimensional cardboard cutouts and they were all dicks.