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“Triple Frontier” is one of a few new movies you need to see right now, but the film won’t be shown in theaters. It’s on Netflix.
An action movie about five men of war who decide to go into business for themselves, “Triple Frontier” boasts a remarkable cast, including Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, and Pablo Pascal.
Story - Men - Careers - Warriors - Sense
The story is simple. The men have all ended their careers as warriors, but without finding any sense of fulfillment. They don’t have honors to look forward to or anything by way of a future. All they know for certain is they have to put their pasts behind them.
But civilian life just doesn’t have enough to offer. The older men feel their mortality catching up with them and the younger ones feel, like so many other people, that the future is uncertain and even inscrutable.
Thing - Way - Plan - Drug - Lord
So they do the all-American thing and find a way to do well by doing good. The guys plan to kill a drug lord in Brazil and run away with his vast wealth. You might expect a cheap action movie to follow, with great explosions, unstoppable heroes who wipe out everything in their paths, and a lot of cool dialogue. Alternately, you might expect a grim, depressive deconstruction of toxic masculinity. But the film offers neither.
Instead, “Triple Frontier” offers a story of honor, temptation, sacrifice, and redemption. The dialogue is plausible and the action is too, with characterization remaining the focus of both. We start by liking these guys and end by taking seriously the moral choices they make, believing their actions really do have consequences.
Director - JC - Chandor - Man - Film
Director J.C. Chandor, the man behind the great film “A Most Violent Year,” knows what he’s doing, and has viewers not only following a tactical operation, but all sorts of other plot...
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