Film review: Triple Frontier

When I initially saw the trailer for Netflix’s Triple Frontier, I immediately made a mental note to be sure to watch this movie. Starring Ben Affleck as Tom, Charlie Hunnam as William Miller, Garrett Hedlund as Ben Miller, Pedro Pascal as Franciso Morales, and Oscar Isaac as Santiago Garcia, I had high expectation from this film considering its stacked cast.

Tom, Will, Ben, Francisco and Santiago are all former U.S. military special forces soldiers who are rather unhappy with their current lives. After devoting themselves to their duty and sacrificing themselves for their country, they find themselves struggling to make ends meet despite their commitment to protecting their citizens. Santiago convinces the crew to rob a drug Lord residing in the Amazon jungle between the borders of Peru, Brazil and Columbia and pocket the money, and as you can likely imagine, things don’t go exactly as planned.

All five men are incredibly well prepared for the task that awaits them, however, greed amongst them ends up being their downfall. Violence, sacrifice and tragedy meet them more them once on their journey back home to America, and the memories and losses of their mission remain with them long-term.

This film is what you would typically expect out of an action movie, but it’s a whole lot more than that. The latter half of the film shifts its focus from explosions and bullets to emotional decisions and the powerful affiliation between violence and masculinity, depicting the struggle these men face when forced to decide between life and death on behalf of those attempting to stop them from arriving back home with the money.

This isn’t your typical action movie, and its take on socially constructed male stereotypes is a much-needed change in pace in the realm of Hollywood blockbuster action flicks. Give it a watch.

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