As someone who is increasingly watching new Netflix releases, it’s very pleasing to see who they can attract. They don’t see afraid to splash the cash either, and it shows. From the cast, to the sweeping pans across the exotic locations, Triple Frontier has clearly had a lot of backing. Good thing too, as the final product goes far beyond what the trailer will lead you to believe goes on.
Like the worst game of Million Pound Drop ever, our heroes – or are they villains – are forced to consider their actions, and not just how much money they’ll end up with, but if they’ll even be around to spend it.
There’s a lot to like here. I love somewhat realistic military precision, so the main action sequence being full of concise bursts of energy pleases me greatly. Then there’s the groaning generated by these tough guy men’s knees as they lug around their machismo and baggage. Pointedly telling us that these guys would be set for life were they at the top of any other profession, it asks some good questions. We may only get glimpses of their lives but it’s enough to inform us to how they may ultimately act.
Affleck redirects the middle-aged weariness of his Bruce Wayne into a sadder place here, and he does a great job of it. His character’s approach to the situation and how it changes gives us the truest human insights in the film.
You’d be forgiven for thinking this was a straightforward ‘one last job’ affair, but you’d be missing out. The head banging soundtrack matches the testosterone of the main cast and their unfolding intentions, but also seems pretty heavy-handed. I’d also have liked more action and a more even story, especially with regards to the ending. Regardless, I find myself keen on it.
Can humans ever really learn their lesson? That’s something I didn’t think I’d be asking after watching Triple Frontier. Good on it for including plenty of bro moments, but striving to be something more.