Directed by: J. C. Chandor
A Simple Plan meets Columbiana with this war-cum-action thriller in which five special forces types reunite to use their special sets of skills to rob a drug kingpin in his jungle hideout.
Oscar Isaacs plays Pope (no, not that one), a member of Uncle Sam's army looking to find, dispose, and bankrupt a notorious drug lord whose power stretches across all levels of South America. He enlists the help of his army buds, most of which are living unassuming lives fairly bitter about their time serving. The promise of cash and camaraderie is enough to entice them back for one last job.
As with any best laid plans, nothing goes right and our central band of merry warriors must battle all manner of obstacles to get themselves and their loot out of the country before the villainous forces surround and engulf them.
Sprawling and nodding the head to so many other films of this genre, Triple Frontier is a #Netflix film that gets a lot right. Whilst this is incredibly familiar territory, the boldness in the storytelling to include numerous phases that could have totally had their own movie within one narrative was well executed.
With such a starry cast it seems odd that the film loses a lot of its chemistry amongst the bullets and branches. Isaacs is on decent form and Affleck does well to inject the moral ambiguity into the frame but largely this is a by the numbers action outing that is equally thrilling and average.
The #cinematography is spectacular at times, offering audiences glorious landscapes and skylines whilst still capturing the intense intimacy of the gang's mission.
Thematically, Triple Frontier is fairly explicit with its obvious message. The lure of wealth can instantly obscure the true riches of life which are love and people, regardless of whether or not your country owes you. As mentioned, we are on familiar ground with this story and the filmmakers seem fairly content to point the cameras at the guns and not get too concerned with the individuals behind them.
For fans of films that depict good guys doing good and bad things for good and bad reasons this is a good and bad film.