Triple Frontier

Triple Frontier ★★★½

You've probably seen this movie before. War veterans getting dragged back into a life they had been trying to leave behind, and some casual observations on trauma, depression and the incompatibility of "real" life with life in a war-zone. Triple Frontier stands out for it's craft. This thing looks beautiful; the photography is gorgeous and the action scenes are directed, staged and executed with clarity and plenty of suspense. Add on top of that the dream of a cast consisting of guys like Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garret Hedlund; all sporting facial hair and plenty of good 'ol machismo. It's a thoroughly entertaining tale of greed, reclamation and wartime ethics; it's got all the bells and whistles that make for a worthwhile viewing. My biggest gripe, if I'm being honest, is that it really felt like the film settled. There's an interesting idea introduced of how films like this glorify and romanticize the violence of war; a condemnation of sorts of your typical war film and how it deals with it's content. This is abandoned rather early, never dived into in a meaningful way. Same for the complex and compelling motivations introduced early for each character; which began as unique to each man but were eventually streamlined as the film progressed. Still though, this is a suspenseful, gripping and well-executed heist flick with an aces cast and some great action. Well worth a watch, in spite of the fact that it settles for being "pretty good" instead of great.

2019 Ranked

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