Batman, Poe from “Star Wars” and a member of the Sons of Anarchy have teamed up to star in the new film “Triple Frontier.” The aforementioned are actually Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac and Charlie Hunnam respectively. The film is an action thriller about a group of former Special Operations soldiers attempting to pull off a heist job by stealing from a South American crime lord. The group is led by Santiago “Pope” Garcia (Isaac) who after leaving the military has been a private military adviser in Columbia combating drug crime. Pope has been getting inside information on a drug lord named Lorea from an informant named Yovanna (Adria Arjona) who needs his help to escape the country with her brother. With Yovanna’s help, Pope discovers Lorea resides in a safe house deep in the jungle where he keeps all his money. This discovery leads Pope to recruit his old Delta Force friends for a job to seize the money under the assumption they are working for the Colombian government. Pope manages to convince Tom “Redfly” Davis (Affleck) to take part after much reluctance, along with William “Ironhead” Miller (Hunnam), William’s brother Ben (Garrett Hedlund), and finally Francisco “Catfish” Moreales (Pedro Pascal). After a bit of persuasion, Pope convinces his friends to steal the money for themselves. As the plan formulates, the men decide to hit the house while Lorea’s family is attending Mass in order to minimize casualties. Pope and company manage to knock out the guards without killing them, but then have difficulty finding Lorea’s money. Without giving away too much, the group finally finds the money in an unexpected place, and the race is on to get as much money as possible before the family returns. Pope and company also know Lorea never leaves the house without someone there, so they know he is there even though his family left. The problem is where? While they are loading the money in bags to place in their getaway van, one character becomes a bit greedy (naturally) and demands the group take even more millions than they have already collected. The group eventually crosses paths with Lorea, but manage to escape with $250 million, and head for a rendezvous with informant Yovanna and her brother. Pope gives Yovanna and her brother some money and tells them to flee the country. At this point a Mil Mi-17 helicopter arrives to allow their escape to the coast. Catfish will be the pilot but is worried the helicopter may not hold all the millions safely. But again, greed takes over, and the group head out with no certainty they will make it safely to the coast. I will say events do no go as planned, and soon the group finds themselves with horses trudging through the jungle and then over the high peaks of the Andes Mountains. While the group was on foot, they ran across some cocaine farmers, and the encounter later leads to the death of one of the lead characters. After their harrowing trek, the group finally make it to the coast, only to face yet another unexpected challenge in their efforts to escape. When the group returns to their intended destination, they are exhausted and guilt-ridden due to the death of one of their friends, and leave all the bit of money they have left to his family. The film ends with a twist, revealing one of the characters remembers exactly where they dumped the millions in order to make it safely out of the wilderness. The actors are all at their best in this film, and director J.C. Chandor (“A Most Violent Year”) allows all the actors to shine without overshadowing their co-stars.The action, tension and thrills are almost constant in the film, but there are several moments when you can catch your breath. For fans of action thrillers, “Triple Frontier” is your ticket to adventure. The film played in select theaters and is currently streaming on Netflix. (Rated R for violence and language). 💰💰💰
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