Film: Triple Frontier
Starring: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal, Garrett Hudland & Adria Arjona.
Director: J.C. Chandor
Review By: Wade Swift
Rating: 4 X's out of 5 X's
Triple Frontier is a story of five men, but not five individuals, these are five pieces who think and operate as a unit. No, a brotherhood. A talented group of current and former United States special forces operatives who have all, in their own right, reached a boiling point of sorts in their lives and their careers. Feeling as tho they've been chewed up and spit out by the military and their government, tired of having to eek their way through life they decide to take matters into their own hands. The unit sets out on an independently funded sting operation to take down one of the largest drug cartel leaders in Brazil. Sounds pretty straightforward right? Wrong. Lead by a potent cast of Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam (Sons Of Anarchy, Papillon) Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Last Jedi & The Force Awakens), Garret Hudland (Friday Night Lights) and lastly no stranger to the cartel Pedro Pascal from another Netflix original (Narcos). This film is incredibly well written with almost impeccable pace. Interesting side note: "Triple Frontier" has been in production for almost a decade and was initially set to star Tom Hanks & Johnny Depp in the two lead roles, but eventually dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Even guys like Tom Hardy, Channing Tatum and Will Smith were up for parts at one point or another. However I believe this movie may have suffered with that type of star power. Too often those star studded casts lack genuine, organic chemistry, which this movie lacks none of the above. With almost every one of these actors who were eventually cast still in a place where they've got something to prove, it translated very well to the gritty roles their characters play here. From the very beginning you're thrown into the fire and have very few moments to take a second to breathe, which is exactly how a film of this sort should be. Not to mention the incredible amount of heart, which admittedly brought me to the brink of tears more than once. The Soundtrack is also a big plus to this film, from Metallica to Fleetwood Mac to Credence Clearwater the tunes really help set the tone to this one. Overall #TripleFrontier is as solid and entertaining as any of the Netflix original "blockbusters", and a must watch for any fan of the genre.