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Official Discussion: Triple Frontier [SPOILERS]


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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.


J.C. Chandor


screenplay by Mark Boal, J.C. Chandor

story by Mark Boal


  • 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

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

level 1
2 points · 4 hours ago · edited 4 hours 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

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

level 2
2 points · 2 hours 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

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 signed that said "Brazil border".

level 4

I understand where you're coming from.

level 1

Be honest, that movie was upsettingly bad.

level 1
1 point · 6 hours ago · edited 6 hours 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

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.

level 1
8 points · 1 day ago · edited 1 day ago

Really bad movie. Like really fucking terrible. There is so much wrong with this piece, I don't even know where to begin.

The bad guy gets hyped up to be some super dangerous guy but dies within a second. They talk about how his house is basically Fort Knox but they get in like 18 year old college girls into a frat party. There was like zero strategic planning involved and you must wonder why Ben Affleck was so important then lmfao. A guy gets shot but it doesn't affect him at all for the entire movie. Characters come and go, they don't matter at fucking all because they are just plot devices from some bad "How to write awful scripts 101" book. After they get the money without any problems the movie just fades out. Just five guys carrying bags through the wilderness. What a waste of time. The movie has zero thought or meaning behind it. Yes, five super elite soldiers are their own enemies and they mow over random spanish hillbillies. We are aware. I could go on for days.

level 2

Are silencers not a thing in this movie? Why would they alert the whole house when they shoot their guns one time. Terrible movie and it felt like the main actors weren't even trying.

level 3

When you shoot indoors like that, a silencer isn't going to silence anything.

level 4

That doesn't sound right but I don't know enough about silencers to dispute it.

level 5
2 points · 6 hours ago

Also, silencers are nowhere near as silent in real life as they are in movies.

level 5

A silencer won't prevent the sonic crack caused by the bullet or the sound it makes as it hits the target. Indoors, the sonic crack is just as loud as the gun fire.

level 6

That doesn't sound right but I don't know enough about silencers to dispute it.

level 7

You don't need to know about silencers to know that supersonic bullets create sonic cracks... And indoors, that echo rings very loudly.

The more ridiculous thing is that none of the operators were using electronic hearing protection during the raid.

level 2

I legit forgot Hunnam was shot lol

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