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Official Discussion: Triple Frontier [SPOILERS]

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Summary:

A group of former Special Forces operatives reunite to plan a heist in a sparsely populated multi-border zone of South America. For the first time in their prestigious careers these unsung heroes undertake this dangerous mission for self instead of country. But when events take an unexpected turn and threaten to spiral out of control, their skills, their loyalties and their morals are pushed to a breaking point in an epic battle for survival.

Director:

J.C. Chandor

Writers:

screenplay by Mark Boal, J.C. Chandor

story by Mark Boal

Cast:

  • Ben Affleck as Tom "Redfly" Davis

  • Oscar Isaac as Santiago "Pope" Garcia

  • Charlie Hunnam as William "Ironhead" Miller

  • Garrett Hedlund as Ben Miller

  • Pedro Pascal as Francisco "Catfish" Morales

  • Adria Arjona as Yovanna

  • Reynaldo Gallegos as Gabriel Martin Lorea

  • Sheila Vand as Lauren Yates

  • Madeline Wary as Tess Davis


Rotten Tomatoes: 65%

Metacritic: 62/100

After Credits Scene? No

VOD: Netflix


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level 1

Great set of actors, garbage story, garbage movie

level 1

Easily one of the worst movies I've ever seen, shameful that had such a star cast. I didn't really see any real climax and the action sequences were all underwhelming. Terrible, just terrible.

level 1

Is no one talking about how they got disasterpeace to do the score and there was barely any score in the movie?

level 1

Just finished it there. 2 things I have to say:

  1. was anyone else really fucking annoyed that after all that they just threw away all the money?

  2. watching this gets me in the mood to play wildlands

level 1

Here for the attractive cast.

level 1

I just don’t get the title of Triple Frontier. The real Triple Frontier is Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. The boy in the village is wearing a Columbia soccer jersey though. They never go into why the area is unique or any backstory on where the initial drug bust scene is.

level 1

didn't expect affleck to get taking out like that.

also they just left the money there with that lady at the end and thinking it'll be transferred safely??

level 1

Can’t believe the mule died, that was my favorite character. :(

level 1
7 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

Aside from dialog and story-telling issues, this movie suffers from a very serious geography problem. Let me review this movie as a South American.

The movie is called "Triple Frontier", which there are a few in South America, but the movie apparently uses the Brazil/Colombia/Peru border for the setting (there's a "Brazil" frontier sign when they get there). But there are many problems with this:

  1. They arrive at that border by car on a pretty impressive highway. Except there are no significant roads at all leading up to that border, it's so remote you can only get there by boat or plane.

  2. They reference the Andes a lot of times, as their escape plan is flying over the Andes and getting a boat in the Pacific. However the Brazil/Colombia/Peru border is very far away from the ocean. It's like robbing Fort Knox with the escape plan being fleeing to the Atlantic. In fact, Fort Knox is closer to the Atlantic than the Brazil/Colombia/Peru border is to the Pacific. By 100 miles.

  3. The Andes are much closer to the ocean than to the border. The movie makes it seem like they leave the border and are at the mountains. But even if we ignore that, it's common in movie making and I don't have a problem with that, their whole plan just falls apart completely. It's basically 650 miles on a straight line at the shortest (even more at the path they seemed to take), meaning they'd have to fly for hours before getting there, probably stopping to refuel on the way. All the while they'd be in narco country, as it seems their domains extend from the triple frontier to the Andes (a very large distance).

  4. If they had to go through the Andes they wouldn't even have an altitude problem. It seems they go through the Andes in Colombia (considering that there are still narcos there when they crash and go over). In the movie they try to surpass a 11000 feet mountain and their chopper breaks down. While a huge challenge for non-airborne humans the Andes are not comprised entirely of 11000+ ft mountains. In Colombia it's much smaller. There are plenty of stretches in it where you can fly over very safely with an altitude not going over 8000 feet the whole way. To get to a mountain as high as they go to in the movie they'd pretty much have to aim for it.

  5. They didn't even have to go through the Andes! If you're getting on a boat anyway just go with your chopper to the Brazilian side and go in the Amazon river. It's much easier to hide in there and in no time you'd be far away from the narcos.

  6. The same narco faction wouldn't control the entire Amazon river basin and forest. In the same amount of time it took them to fly to the ocean they could've flown to Peru, Ecuador, Venezuela, Brazil and be perfectly safe with all of their money, with no Andes to deal with. Fuck, Peru was safe enough to land and drop off his girlfriend, why did they have to go back to Colombia?


I don't think I'm nitpicking, I just think the plan is only believable if you don't know anything about the geography of the place. If someone in China made a movie about stealing Fort Knox and then wading through the Appalachians until you reach the Atlantic Ocean it wouldn't be believable to an American audience.

level 2
-4 points · 1 day ago

Maybe one of the worst modern action movies I've ever seen.

level 3
1 point · 9 hours ago

That is a ridiculous opinion.

level 2
6 points · 1 day ago

The road they arrive by was the H3 on Oahu. They use Hawaii a lot for filming in the jungle because it's close to a large city so they can stay in comfort and have supplies, there's a well established film industry and it's safe. Just thought I'd chime in on why that highway was present.

level 3
2 points · 1 day ago · edited 23 hours ago

Yeah I knew it wasn't filmed on location (because that'd be impossible), but coming in from boat or something like that would be even more badass/dramatic. Just seems silly they did that whole thing with the cars and even had to CGI the sign that said "Brazil border".

level 4
1 point · 1 day ago

I understand where you're coming from.

level 1

Be honest, that movie was upsettingly bad.

level 2

Yup!

level 1
6 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

I really liked this movie, perfectly suitable as a Netflix action/heist movie imo.

Loved their teamwork and the way they worked as a unit. Also liked the premise too!

level 1
2 points · 1 day ago

The mountain shootout scene remind anyone of Lone Survivor?

level 2

fire from above, rocks... And after a brief moment of peace too

level 1

A lot of people are complaining about how the villain was hyped up then killed immediately, or that the second half was just about them hauling money through the jungle, but if the whole movie was just about this big ass raid to kill Mr. bad guy it would have not have been anything interesting at all, let alone a clone of what we've seen a million times. I at first thought this was going to be a movie-long version of narcos but I was pleasantly surprised by the route they took. It allowed them to explore the morality of the character's actions and continue with certain themes. That being said, again it definitely could have used work especially in the story and character department, but overall pretty solid watch- its a perfect Netflix movie if you ask me.

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level 1

I was thinking more of the other bosses and them chasing the money versus avenging his death. $250m goes missing and you’ll have a small army chasing it.

level 2

They house was burnt. They don't know how much those guys took with them.

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