Noob Reviews: Triple Frontier
Updated: Jan 15
Please be advised that during the review, I have tried to avoid a lot of spoilers. However, there may still be a few included helping explain specific points.
What is Triple Frontier?
Triple Frontier is a gritty and suspense-filled action film in which a crack team of ex-military specialists attempt to rob an infamous Colombian drug lord.
Do you have a trailer to show us?
- Official Trailer -
When did it come out?
Triple Frontier was released in March 2019.
How long is the film?
In total (inclusive of credits) the film is two hours and five minutes long.
Can you give us an overview of the storyline?
As mentioned above the core story is based around a crack group of ex-military specialists who are recruited by one of their own. They aim to take on a daring heist that sees them heading to Colombia to steal money from an infamous drug lord. With no faith in banks, no real faith in those around them, this drug lord is supposedly sat on a few million dollars in currency. It should be an easy in and out, one of the biggest robberies in history.
Unfortunately unbeknown to the group that takes on this daring heist (Redfly, Pope, Ironhead, Benny and Catfish) there is more than just a few million dollars in the house. Even when they manage to steal nearly $250 million in cash there is still so much more to go, but due to human greed from one of their team, they run over their allotted window of time for their operation, and things start to go wrong. So begins the uncontrollable spiral that is a series of unfortunate events, after which the team find themselves stranded in the Andes Mountains with no backup, no secondary exfil plan and Colombian gang members hunting them in droves.
Who are some of the actors in the film?
Usually, I would go into details as to who has been in what, but you will know these actors already. Many are household names, Star Wars legends in the making or that bad boy heartthrob from Sons of Anarchy you secretly crushed on.
Ben Affleck (Redfly)
Charlie Hunnam (Ironhead)
Garrett Hedlund (Benny)
Oscar Isaac (Pope)
Pedro Pascal (Catfish)
How did you like the film?
Having seen a few Netflix own films recently and been disappointed by some, I tried not to be too enthusiastic when going into this film as I was not sure what to expect, but I thought it was fantastic.
We come across several ex-military specialists all leading their mundane day to day lives to keep the bills paid, whether they are working as consultants for the police, real estate salesmen or MMA fighters - they all miss the thrill of the hunt. The structure of the military. And the paycheck. All of them in one sort of financial trouble or another. Whether it be ex-wives and children to pay for or an odd need to own a Ferrari (don’t ask). It was these sorts of details that hooked you and pulled you in (and in my opinion made the characters relatable as ordinary people). The stories were told so well, never a lack of or too much information, always just right.
The gunfights, action sequences and overall choreography throughout the film were well-paced, well captured and has some beautiful outdoor scenes whether the team be in mountainous terrain on jungles.
Although this is a spoiler of such, I want to mention that at a point in the movie one of the team becomes greedy, with so much money (more than their wildest dreams) within reach they sacrifice the mission for wealth and from here, everything begins to spiral wildly out of control. From confronting groups of armed gang members to burning down estates, helicopter crashes and a loss of a team member everything stems from that one decision of greed over sticking to the plan and the consequence are quite literally fatal. Seeing all of this unfold (although predictable at times) was so enjoyable and had some very well hidden twists.
Overall I sat and watched this film start to finish without moving once; I just felt it latch on and not let go until the credits began to roll.
What overall rating would you give Triple Frontier?
Overall I would give the film a rating of 4 out of 5 bananas.
I thought Triple Frontier was an adrenaline-packed fun fest in parts but with a darker side. The human interest stories it went into were explored well and offered relevant and insightful developments to the story.
My only gripe and the reason that this gets four bananas instead of five was that some of the story became quite obvious and predictable in the middle, which was a bit disappointing. Apart from that, it is a film I would recommend.
Thank you very much for checking out the review, and if you are interested in Triple Frontier and would like to check it out for yourself, to form your own opinion, you can check it out here.