Triple Frontier (2019)
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Biggest hole to me.... hey this is too much weight for the helicopter to get over the Andes. Look there is a jungle. Let's drop two guys off here, and half the money. I'll fly over mountain drop off the other half and two guys. Then I will fly back and retrieve the other half and two guys and regroup.
In addition, a momentary lapse in Affleck's othwerwise calm and practical character displaying greed could hint at struggles in his personal life that may have motivated him in that instance, however this trait surfaces repeatedly throughout the rest of the film, and is hardly objected to or acknowledged by the rest of the equally experienced soldiers, save for a few shakes of the head and a couple of disapproving comments. This and just overall messy screenplay for the remainder of this movie leaves you waiting for a redeeming moment that doesn't quite materialize. The acting was on point without exception, but it couldn't save an ending that just ends up feeling hollow.
Character building was kinda okay. The Director could have improvised on it and made the characters more interesting by going deeper. Sometimes you feel like, is this person really who I think he is, essentially confusing us about the whole motive.
The Thrill factor, well the things that happen in the movie were either obvious or confusing. When the Movie is in the momentum of giving us chills, it suddenly stops and takes a downhill.
The Actors were SPLENDID. But, an Actor can only do what the Director tells him/her. The Direction was meh...
A ton of things in the movie could be improved. The Director only gives us a quick glance at details and immediately cuts to unnecessary talking. But loved the Concept of the movie, Greed, especially for Money.
Disappointed. Expected more. 5 stars for the 5 actors and 1 star for teaching us what greed for money can do to us.
Triple Frontier starts off very interesting and intriguing with Oscar Isaac in the opening sequences, then as it introduces its characters, we starts to get a feel and begin more hooked on what is about to occur, such as their heist plan.
Though after midway through the film, it starts to stall and feels lesser than interesting and goes downhill (around the time Adria Arjona exits from film), then once again once *Spoilers* Ben Affleck's character gets shot and kill (which was surprising to say the least, given his star presence and top billing- as he was the only member of the five leads to die).
The film isn't bad but the second act wasn't as great, and there were severely no twists or turns or anything given much of suspense. Things felt very straightforward. It was also surprising how honest the friends were, as in typically these heist films involving several groups of friends archiving large sums of money, there is often usually one character of the group to turn rogue and betray the others. However, this was not the case here.
Perhaps some twists would have made the film feel a lot more authentic and overall give it more of a edge and intrigue. It did lack suspense and thrills. In the end, this film was slightly disappointed given its hype as we feel it could had the potential to be something great.
Not here, folks. These dudes talk like they're appearing on The Dr. Phil Show. So the flick is full of exchanges like:
"I love you, man."
"Love you too, man."
"Do you ever think about it? All the people you've killed? Whether or not they deserved it?"
"Hey, listen. About what I said back there. Sorry bro, I was- I was out of line."
"No, I was."
Blah blah blah.
They sound more like dudes in a friggin' "encounter session" opening up about their struggles with "toxic masculinity" than they do actual, living people.
Is the writing on display in this film a byproduct of our new "therapy culture"? You decide.
(But it is!)
Triple Frontier is a hard target. What it lacks in creative writing or compelling characters it makes up for with a brutal tension that carries it through it's 2 hour 5 minute runtime. This tension is developed in part by desolate locations and situations mixed with what feels like excellent chemistry between most of the main cast.
What brings this movie down is a lack of character development or growth throughout the film. Main characters are introduced and givin a general back story if any at all, and then do not have any dramatic arc or depth to their journey throughout the rest of the film. The movie kind of just grits it's teeth and pushes past anything other than service-level emotions and reactions.
Also, and this is kind of nitpicky, Triple Frontier uses too much pop music. Instead of a dramatic or emotion swelling original score the film defaults to Metallica or CCR for dramatic effect. I think this is kind of a waisted opportunity on the film's part.
The end was meh, pointless pseudo twists and pretending to follow some higher morale.