Triple Frontier is an action-packed film that kept me both anxious and very entertained.
The premise is that Oscar Isaac’s character is working as a security contractor who trains foreign armies and police. He’s been after a particular drug lord for quite a while, but can never quite pin him down. Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pedro Pascal play men who once belonged to Isaac’s unit, a band of brothers. They are all retired from the military, and they are all down on their luck with little to show for their service.
Isaac’s character propositions them to help him take down this drug lord by amassing intelligence regarding his stronghold. They can each make a large sum of money doing so. What is initially supposed to be a simple recon mission turns into a flat-out burglary. From there, the unit must try to escape the drug lord’s men through the jungles of Columbia, through Peru, and over the Andes Mountains while carrying very, very large amounts of cash.
While Triple Frontier kept me on the edge of my seat throughout due to action and an ever-present danger, I also thought it said something provocative about soldiers who give everything to their country with nothing to show for it. Who can blame these warriors for taking desperate actions to try to help their families, their friends, and even themselves? The ethical dilemmas presented in this movie will make quite an impact, I assure you.
Furthermore, I found the locations beautiful and lush. Most of the film was shot in Hawaii and Colombia, so these jungles and mountains are authentic. The scope of the film is magnificent with some truly breathtaking scenes.
Best of all, though, was the cast. I actually felt like these men had a bond between them. Affleck, Hedlund, and Hunnam were fine, but Pascal and Isaac were the heart and soul of this movie. Oscar Isaac gets better with every movie I see him in, and Triple Frontier is no exception.
Though very violent and laden with profanities, Triple Frontier kept me engaged and entertained from start to finish. If you’re looking for an action movie with some authentic emotional beats, this one won’t disappoint.
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