Triple Frontier (2019)
This is a Netflix film, and I believe it is only available through that service.
As two blogging friends had recommended this film, I decided to watch it today. After all, it stars Oscar Isaac, and I really rate him as an actor. It also stars Ben Affleck though, and I am not very keen on him.
The film starts off with a decent action sequence, introducing us to former Special Forces soldier ‘Pope’ Garcia, (Isaac) who is working as an adviser to the police in Colombia. He has been trying to bring down the powerful drug lord, Lorea, but the man has gone into hiding in a fortified house deep in the jungle. Luckily, Garcia has an informant on the inside, a young woman who wants to escape the country with her brother. She tells him that Lorea has untold millions of dollars stashed in the house, and he sees a way to get out of the business for good, and make his fortune.
He returns to the USA, where he looks up some of his former comrades from the Army days. Once they are all together, he outlines his plan to infiltrate the jungle hideaway, kill Lorea, and steal the money. This will all be illegal of course, as none of them are still serving soldiers, and have no sanction for the mission. Three of his friends are happy to join him, but the fourth needs some convincing. Tom Davis (Affleck) had been reduced to selling apartments to make a living, and doesn’t have enough money to send his kids to college. But he fears the job may prove to be too difficult, as they will have to escape over The Andes, following the robbery. Of course, he is eventually convinced, and the five men leave for South America to carry out Garcia’s plan.
This is very much a film of two halves. The first half is taken up by the plan, the attack on the drug lord’s secret house, and the events surrounding the robbery. Then the rest of the film concentrates on the gang trying to escape by car, helicopter, and boat. On the way, they encounter some aggressive farmers, and have to also deal with the incredibly difficult terrain, as they try to cross the mountains to get to the boat that has been arranged to collect them.
Oscar Isaac plays the leader with his usual flair, and the others in the gang convince as former soldiers looking for a way out out the humdrum lives they have led since leaving Special Forces. The film doesn’t pretend to be more than it is, a tense robbery-thriller with exciting shootouts, and chases. But ultimately, there are no heroes, and we have to ask ourselves if the gang are little better than the cartel they are robbing. You also have to suspend belief somewhat during many of the improbable escape scenes.
This is a ‘don’t think too much’ film that you can just sit back and enjoy as an action-thriller.
Even the A-list casting doesn’t lift it much above that, despite some superb location filming.