Santiago 'Pope' Garcia (Oscar Isaac) gets a team together to head over to South America. Tom 'Redfly' Davis (Ben Affleck), William 'Ironhead' Miller (Charlie Hunnam), Ben Miller (Garrett Hedlund), and Francisco 'Catfish' Morales (Pedro Pascal).
The former Delta force team is after Lorea (Reynaldo Gallegos) a drug lord that has over 75 million stashed somewhere in his home in the jungle. Garcia working for the Colombian government as an adviser befriend a young woman who wants out of the country. Now the team must take Yovanna (Adria Arjona) to a safe haven away from Lorea. But she must first give the team the very house that he lives in. An exchange, pure and simple.
Let me tell you that the original actors for this Netflix film are ok at best. The actors they have here are really good, they stay on point to the story. Not saying that Tom Hardy or Channing Tatum would've been awful. This particular story is very different and these guys did justice to their roles.
I especially loved the way they charcters came together as a very difficult situation went from bad to worse. The house was empty, yet when they searched again they noticed inside the walls the money had been placed throughout accordingly. They had taken 250 million from the drug-lord. A feat that would not come with a price. Ben Affleck's character had a plan, it went bad because of greed. They wanted more from the pot of gold. The timing would've been perfect. The escape would be clean, no encounters except the drug lord himself.
The problems weren't the guards like a typical action film. It was the ride back home. The jungle, mountains and the people from that region that really don't understand why Americans would occupy their lands and kill innocent people without reason or cause. It sounds like a simple plot but it really isn't because it brings out so many emotions about soldiers after their service with the good old USA. The lack of money, drinking, drugs, all of those things. In the film, it was brought up in small clips. You really understand the problems, at least I did. One of the characters brought up drugs, he mentioned it was pretty hard to move on after being a soldier. A small scene, it was taken in, moved forward story-wise.
The lack of intense action wasn't needed. A simple to the point story, it didn't need an explosion that killed thousands of bad guys. That's not what the story was about. It wasn't Peppermint or Diehard; Triple Frontier was former soldiers all going through life. Each had taken a different turn, yet the 75 million going five ways does it every time. No matter what the cost, these guys still went on the mission to South America where dangers are not the guys with the guns but the terrain and dense jungles.
Triple Frontier was a great film, it had some problems, but they're minor enough to oversee. The characters were engaging enough to keep you glued to the events of the story. Folks I've talked to said that Netflix films are B-movie at best. I would have to say they're very wrong and don't complain until you've seen the film. It's engaging enough to entertain you from start to finish.