Triple Frontier

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An outstanding cast and ambitious story help Triple Frontier overcome an uneven narrative -- and elevate the end result above a crowded field of grim and gritty heist thrillers.



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A group of former Special Forces operatives (Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal) 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. Directed by Academy Award (R) nominee J.C. Chandor (Margin Call, All Is Lost, A Most Violent Year) and co-written by Chandor and Academy Award (R) winner Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).

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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
Sheila Vand
as Lauren Yates
Rey Gallegos
as Gabriel Martin Lorea
Christine Horn
as Retainment Officer
Shawn McBride
as Biker MMA
Pedro Lopez
as Gabriel
Mohamed Hakeemshady
as Helicopter Businessman
Juan Camilo Castillo
as Captain Diego
Maddy Wary
as Tess Davis
Miguel A. Baez, Jr.
as Lorea Guard #7
Luis R. Espinoza
as Lead Guard
Mario Quezada
as Cantina Thug
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  • Alas, just as broken clocks have their moments of accuracy, even the most gifted directors occasionally offer up disappointments. Such is the case with J.C. Chandor's fourth film, Triple Frontier.

    Mar 21, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Triple Frontier features impeccable photography, strong acting, and well-staged action scenes that ooze tension.

    Mar 17, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
  • There are some zippy chase scenes and shootouts, and tension throughout. But the characters - especially the lethargic Affleck - make for more of a C-Team than an A-Team.

    Mar 14, 2019 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • There's a meta-narrative in there somewhere, condemning films like Triple Frontier for exploiting the violence of war for superficial ends, but Chandor doesn't delve into self-analysis long enough to make a point about it.

    Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…
  • If you dig shoot-'em-up sequences, "Triple Frontier" has plenty and they're often the default. Yet what it does well - though not enough - is introduce the complicated motivations of characters and what's led them to this somewhat impossible mission.

    Mar 13, 2019 | Full Review…

    Brian Truitt

    USA Today
    Top Critic
  • While the action itself is vividly shot and often quite tense, the characters are so thinly drawn that it's impossible to connect with them, much less care about whether they make a clean getaway with their stolen millions.

    Mar 12, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Triple Frontier


Star-studded Netflix action flick that starts out slowly but once it found its footing, things get pretty exciting. Having the supposed climax of the film happen rather early on makes everything coming after that pleasantly unpredictable. Thoroughly entertaining and with interesting characters, the viewer is gladly on board for the ride. Some parts play out maybe a tad too quickly, but overall the experience is pretty satisfying and even calls for a sequel.

Jens S.
Jens S.

Super Reviewer

Netflix seems to be the way to go when a big studio doesn't bid on your film for theatrical release, but it is always interesting when watching a film on Netflix that clearly deserved to be seen by a larger audience on the big screen. While the core premise of Triple Frontier isn't all that unique or original, a good film is a good film, regardless of the tired story it's telling. Personally, a good heist story always impresses me, so I was looking forward to this one in general. I'm pleased to say that this is a very, very solid film and here's why it deserves more attention. Following a group of five retired Special Forces soldiers, Triple Frontier explores how their lives have become boring and that they are all still wishing for the hole that the action in their lives has left them. When confronted with the opportunity to travel to South America to steal millions of dollars from a drug lord, there's hardly any hesitation, as they feel the money could greatly benefit their families and their livelihood in general. Without giving too much away, not much of this story plays out in their favour, which makes for a gripping experience from start to finish. As aforementioned, I really do believe the formula of this film has been done countless times in the past, but Triple Frontier embraces that and delivers on some very fleshed out characters and a way of telling the overall story that had me on the edge of my seat. From the always great Oscar Isaac as the leading man to the very likeable performance that Ben Affleck always seems to give, to the downright career-altering turns in both Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund, everyone is giving their all here, and not the least of which is Pedro Pascal, who always seems to receive the short end of the stick when it comes to Hollywood films. His talent far exceeds the limited dialogue he's given here. Where this film truly shines is in the way it plays out. There are surprises throughout every act and there is one moment in the film that should've been expected, but ended up having my jaw on the floor, due to the fact that I honestly didn't think Triple Frontier was going to be the gutsy film it becomes throughout the third act. Whether being disgusted by the actions of the lead characters or simply just enjoying their banter on the surface of it all, I had a very enjoyable time watching this one. In the end, Triple Frontier begins as a generic film that re-forms the bond that their friendships once had, but ultimately evolves into a visceral survival flick that takes a couple turns that I wasn't expecting. Although familiar in terms of storytelling, I highly recommend this movie to fans of a good heist flick or those who enjoy any of these actors, because they're all bringing it here. Triple Frontier was a very, very good movie in my eyes and should've been given a theatrical release. It's now streaming on Netflix.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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