Film Review: Triple Frontier

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ex-special forces rally up for one last mission

Triple Frontier is a Netflix Original Film so guess what? You can only watch it on Netflix – as far as I am aware. So, I gathered that this film was aimed at guys but I tend to like war movies so it was always going to be on my watchlist.

A group of old ex-special forces buddies are pulled together by Pope for one last top secret mission. Their task: steal millions of dollars from an infamous drug lord living in a remote multi-border zone of South America. Team loyalty and friendships are put to the test as the group are pushed to extreme limits.

Oscar Issac leads this all-star cast in this military thriller. Main cast include; Bed Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal and Adria Arjona. So before we go any further I guess I should tell you their screen names for this movie (makes me chuckle): Issac plays Santiago ‘Pope’ Garcia, Affleck plays Tom ‘Redfly’ Davis, Hunnam plays William ‘Ironhead’ Miller, Hedlund plays Ben Miller and Pascal plays Francisco ‘Catfish’ Morales – where do they pick up those catchy nicknames?

The film kept me entertained enough throughout but became more focused on how the guys were going to actually transport all of their newly sourced millions as opposed to the actual heist. However, this wasn’t actually a bad thing. The relationships between the five friends were opened up on their godforsaken journey and we see the characters personalities unfold on screen, which, you know, makes for good TV.

I really enjoyed these five guys together on-screen, it made for interesting viewing (in more ways than one). I wondered if there was going to be a bust up of egos given these actors have been in some huge movies but this wasn’t the case.

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Netflix has been seriously upping their cinematic game recently and I have to say I did rather enjoy this film. To be honest I feel the VOD sector has become a bit of a mind field in the sense that pre-VOD we (as consumers) were so used to watching content from specific movie companies. Now, we have VOD services making ‘original’ content – a phrase coined by HBO in the Soprano days – and not only movies, it is across the board now from original TV and original Documentaries. Anyway, perhaps this is a discussion for another post.

I recently discovered that this movie was originally intended to be directed by Kathryn Bigelow and released by Paramount Pictures. Interestingly enough, I would recommend watching this if you are into films like; The Hurt Locker 2008), Green Zone (2010), Zero Dark Thirty (2012) and American Sniper (2014).

It was an enjoyable watch and I would recommend having a go if you’re into thrillers and action movies. Sure, it wasn’t perfect and the writing was a bit simple but, it was easy to watch and just what I needed chilling out on a Friday. After all, you know what they say, Netflix and Chill. 

★★★ / 5

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