MOVIE REVIEW: Triple Frontier (2019)

After leaving active service, former US Special Forces Operative, Santiago Garcia (Oscar Isaac), has been acting as a consultant tracking Narcos in Brazil. When he spots the opportunity to take down a kingpin and help himself to his money Garcia decides to bring together his former team to do the job.

Santiago’s ex-colleagues are initially reluctant but post military life hasn’t been good to them either and hey… money. Off they head into the jungle to Lorea’s house and it turns out that the walls are full of money. Jackpot! With dollar signs swimming in his eyes, the usually sensible Redfly (Ben Affleck) pushes them past their safe time to get out without getting caught and the problems just keep coming.

And then I said to her, if you want to make a decent Italian meringue you can’t pour the sugar syrup into the egg white too quickly!

I think the lessons of this film were as follows:

  • US military: not doing a good job of taking care of its veterans
  • Stealing from drug dealers: bad idea
  • Trying to fly a helicopter with overweight cargo over the Andes: bad idea
  • Burning money when you are cold: bad idea
  • Shooting a load of villagers and then trying to pay off their families: bad idea
  • Greed as a concept: bad idea
  • Female character: not worth actually naming
  • Choosing to watch a film just because you fancy some of the cast: bad idea
  • Key target audience for this film: not me

Predictable and derivative with phoned in performances and direction and little or no tension. I can see what director J.C. Chandon was trying to do but it was all a bit too literal to have much of an impact. I am sure some will love the kind of “brothers in arms against a corrupt machine” narrative but I just thought they were a group of idiots making bad decisions. And frankly I was bored, which is the antithesis of how an action movie should make you feel. If it’s not going to have the guts to drive the dark, gritty reality of what combat does to one’s mental health than it needs to be fun. Triple Frontier is not dark enough and it’s not one bit fun. I failed to give a shit what happened to any of its characters because they felt like two dimensional cardboard cutouts and they were all dicks.




  1. That’s a shame, as I usually have a lot of respect for Oscar Isaac as an actor. But given your review, I think I will give this one a miss. 🙂
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. As do I. I loved A Most Violent Year, Inside Llewyn Davis and Ex Machina. This is a turd though.

  2. I think I’ll give this a miss then.

    1. There are so many better things to watch.

  3. The ads for this film are currently all over the place in Vienna. I’m still not sure whether I’ll check it out. The reviews I’ve read so far are very mixed.

    1. I would be interested to know what you think of it if you do watch it.

  4. This review pretty much went how I would imagine, considering I haven’t liked any Ben Affleck movies since Good Will Hunting.

    1. Hahaha… I think he has done a couple of decent ones since then but he’s not my favourite.

  5. I like your review and your list of what you’ve learned. I almost watched this just because I fancy the cast — I’m glad I didn’t.

    1. You would have been lead astray, Cindy. They barely even take their tops off.

      1. That does it. Nevermind. 😉

  6. Oh snap! We almost started this last night but Highwaymen won the coin toss… I am seriously considering just taking it off my list now :/

    1. There are just so many more interesting,better written and directed films you could spend your time on than this one.

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