I think the best way to describe Triple Frontier is Sicario meets Oceans 11 (but if those movies weren’t amazing). The cast is great: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, and Son’s of Anarchy star, Charlie Hunnam, so it had a lot of potential to be a decent heist movie. But overall, I thought it fell flat in terms of character depth and dragged on for far too long. It wasn’t horrible, especially compared to some other Netflix Originals to have come out recently, but it also didn’t leave a lasting impression on me. Also, maybe I missed something, but the meaning behind the title of the movie was lost on me. I really didn’t think it had much to do with the plot and seemed to be named for the sake of being intense.
Triple Frontier, directed by J.C. Chandor, is about 5 former special-ops men, who are unhappy with their current situations in life. The only man still working dangerous military missions is Santiago “Pope” Garcia (played by Oscar Isaac), who becomes obsessed with the idea of tracking down an elusive Cartel boss and sieging his millions. He brings together his former team members, promising them thousands for a simple reconnaissance mission, and persuades them to undergo the siege to get a percentage of the $100 million inside the cartel boss’s house. However, last minute, they decide to go rogue, and steal the money for themselves. This puts the team into a moral conflict with going against what they valued in the military and getting the money in order to support their families.
It’s pretty hard to screw up a heist movie, especially with an incredible cast. Honestly this should have been a slam dunk for Netflix. The movie leading up to the heist was great, as was the heist itself. The first part was easy to follow along with, and the acting was pretty good. But when the movie is only less than halfway through and they haven’t finished stealing the money, you just KNOW something isn’t going as planned. *Shocking* Don’t get me wrong, I like a certain amount of predictability in a movie like this, but I could have gone without the boring post-heist screw up. The second half of the movie felt really unorganized and was not very engaging.
There really isn’t much character depth, and it’s hard to empathize with their situations and struggles. Tom “Redfly” Davis (Affleck’s character) does a serious 180 with his personality, which really didn’t seem to make sense. Affleck’s performance was my least favourite out of the entire cast, and he had one of the most important roles in the movie.
One of my biggest qualms with Triple Frontier honestly is the soundtrack. They tried too hard to make the music in the movie be super edgy and country, and it didn’t really fit. I never thought that I would scoff at hearing “The Chain” by Fleetwood Mac in a movie, (one of my favourite songs) but here we are. The music choices really didn’t fit the vibe of the movie which is a huge pet peeve of mine.
Here are my final thoughts on Triple Frontier. If you are looking for an action/heist movie with some crazy twists and emotional character development, this is not the movie for you. However, if you are looking for a movie you can just turn your brain off to in the comfort of your home, definitely check it out. There are MUCH worse movies out there and with Triple Frontier at least you can watch some great actors put together a military heist.
By: Samantha Witkowski @vinylcode