Triple Frontier

Out Now On-Demand

A group of ex-Special Forces operatives meets up for a perilous off-the-clock job in this action flick featuring Ben Affleck and Oscar Isaac and from the director of Margin Call.

Five friends, all veterans, reunite to rob a Latin American drug lord. But loyalties are tested when things take an unexpected turn and the operation begins to spiral out of control.

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Directed by

  • J.C. Chandor('All is Lost', 'A Most Violent Year', 'Margin Call')

Action, Adventure, Crime

126mins

English, Spanish and Portuguese with English subtitles

USA

Every now and then a B-grade film with a lot of A-list talent sneaks up on us by skipping the pompous casting announcements, overhyped trailer reveals and other silly fanfare studios often drown us in. The Oscar Isaac and Ben Affleck (OK, and Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund)-starring Triple Frontier is such a movie. Often, these stealth attack films are kept hidden because they're sh-t, but fortunately, this one is a bloody good time.

However, it's still a bit sh-t. There's a strangely muted vibe and a lack of conflict and adversity for some of it, and as much unsatisfying action as there are thrilling sequences. Still, as a morally ambiguous men-on-a-mission film, Triple Frontier is consistently interesting and anchored by solid performances from its superlative cast. There are some cool surprises in the narrative that keep it unpredictable enough and although the characters are pretty thin, there's something really appealing about each and every one of them by the film's end.

Disasterpeace's score is seething and ominous—a lovely accompaniment to the lush cinematography. It's not nearly as audacious as his work on It Follows, but it hammers home the fact he's a great composer. Pretty much all of the production elements are of a really high class, apart from some of the action direction.

Triple Frontier says some things about society not valuing veterans enough, about contemporary masculinity and the code of the warrior. While that may not sound very original, it's done in an original way, largely thanks to having no black and white characters, instead keeping them all very grey. I do wish the shootouts were as exciting as other elements of the film, but I'd still easily recommend it.

Also, there's Metallica used both in the opening scene and over the end credits that's two of the very best tracks recorded by any band ever, and there's some great Pantera and Bob Dylan in between. F-ck yes.

Associated Press

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Triple Frontier has the good sense to take a macho, "Expendables"-like set-up and turn it inward. It just doesn't go far enough.

Collider

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It's not a perfect movie by a long shot, but it's certainly one that has more to say than ka-boom.

Empire (UK)

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Triple Frontier is engaging in parts with well-mounted action. But the characters lack definition and you can't help but think an old timer like Howard Hawks or Sam Fuller might have done it better in half the time.

Rolling Stone

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This Netflix action blowout gets a pass on mindless escapism, but its attempt to sell itself as something deeper is beyond redemption.

Hollywood Reporter

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Despite the heavy dose of action and numerous tense situations, this Netflix offering has trouble staying in high gear once it gets there and the characterisations remain one dimensional - the men all speak exactly the same way.

Los Angeles Times

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"Triple Frontier" is a solid, engrossing genre item with designs on being something more. It doesn't quite get there but it does well enough along the way to make the journey worth taking.

The Guardian

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It's an enjoyable enough way to spend two hours but without any commentary or real depth, it's in need of a bit more suspense or conflict to really oil the wheels, the film too often ambling along when it should be racing.

Variety (USA)

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We've seen these sorts of situations once too often, done tighter and better, with more surprise.

The Reason Netflix is Dominating

Triple Frontier plays out like a real-life Farcry mission - albeit with middle-aged lead characters. A dream cast, along with a multitude of rich locales lift what could have been a bland subtropical actioner. Batfleck and Oscar Isaac let the wrinkles and grey hair seep through into their performances as ex military mercs on a mish. This film looks superb on a UHD 4K Screen aswell - like insanely good. It's not gonna win awards, but is one of those solid, brutish films that would get people jumping in the Netflix getaway vehicle - were they not already firmly onboard.