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'Triple Frontier' (2019) Review: A Mission Gone Awry

By: Ashley Velez

What happens when you get together with a group of friends from your past? Things might get out of hand with some partying or staying up a little past your normal bedtime. The best way to describe the new Netflix movie, Triple Frontier is that it’s a movie where five men who previously met as special operations soldiers get together and things get a bit out of hand. Santiago ‘Pope’ (Oscar Isaac) wants to defeat a famous crime lord, Lorea who is based in Colombia. Pope thinks the best way to defeat Lorea is through stealing his money. Pope decides the best men to help him on his mission is his previous comrades with the added incentive of a large sum of money for each of them if the mission is accomplished.

First, the audience meets Tom ‘Redfly’ (Ben Affleck), a father struggling since he retired from the military. Tom is going through a divorce while trying to make ends meet as a realtor. Although Tom is hesitant to help Pope he also knows that the cash he is being promised by Pope could help him immensely. The audience is also introduced to three other friends: William ‘Ironhead’(Charlie Hunman) Ben(Garrett Hedlund), and Francisco ‘Catfish’(Pedro Pascal). All the men travel to Colombia where they learn from Pope that this is actually a solo mission not involving the Colombian government. Even though the men are conflicted about not working with the Colombian government they still decide to continue with the mission. The men pick Tom as their head man of command. The men study and prepare how they will complete the mission successfully while also being reminded by Tom that this mission goes against their past values as American soldiers. With the help of Yovanna(Adria Arjona),an informant Pope knows, they are able to find the compound Lorea keeps his money. 

The preparation for the mission doesn’t take a lot of time in the film by the 45 minute mark the men are already at Lorea’s compound. Not too long into the movie does the audience start feeling tense as the men enter the compound, which means the movie becomes almost stressful as you spend the rest of the film watching them strive to complete the mission. The men are faced with multiple obstacles and as an audience member you can’t help questioning if what the men are doing is right. The men appear to be similar to super heroes in the beginning where every shot they make never misses target and their reflexes are on point. Slowly, as time goes on you are reminded that there is room for human error. In one scene the men find the money in the house and only have so much time to grab it before the family is back in the house. As time runs out the men remind Tom they can’t grab all the money so the rest will have to be burned, however Tom starts to struggle with leaving the money even though by trying to grab more could put the men in danger. In another scene the men are faced with an over filled helicopter because they don’t want to get rid of any of the money they stole. 

The movie does a great job of keeping the audience in suspense while also holding onto the promise of an action filled movie. The actors do a great job into sucking you into the story, which isn’t too surprising considering who makes up the cast. In addition, the film is also thought provoking where you may find yourself rooting for the group at one moment, then questioning if how they are going about the mission is the right way. The only thing that I find should be fixed about the film is that the ending felt abrupt but then again how much more could you add when the film clocks out at 2 hrs 5 mins. The scenery is impressive and the action keeps you transfixed until the ending credits roll.

Score: A

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