The Men Of Triple Frontier
Ben Affleck and Company, Kicking Ass
Triple Frontier is finally making its way to screens big and small, the latest in Netflix’s string of big budget acquisitions which will see limited runs in theaters before landing on the juggernaut streaming service. The intense international crime drama has been in development since 2010 and slipped through many high-profile fingers throughout the years, with actors and directors like Kathryn Bigelow, Tom Hardy, Johnny Depp, and Tom Hanks attached at one point or another. Eventually, the film landed in the capable hands of director J.C. Chandor (All Is Lost) and screenwriter Mark Boal (Zero Dark Thirty). The film is slated to debut at some point in March 2019, but an exact release date has yet to be set in stone.
The film centers around five friends – and former special forces soldiers – who reunite in order to take down a South American drug lord. They’re operating outside of the law, and they’re not pursuing justice, but fortune and righteousness. The movie takes place in Paraguay, Argentina, and Brazil border zone (the titular Triple Frontier) but was shot in Hawaii, which has also played home to productions like Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom and Godzilla. The attention-grabbing trailer shows off the hunky cast of the masculine drama, a team of heartthrobs who risk it all in pursuit of seventy-five million dollars worth of blood money.
Main character Tom ‘Redfly’ Davis is played by Ben Affleck. The Oscar-winning director has more than proven himself as a filmmaker and A-list star, though he’s arguably made more headlines for his various rehab stints and failed courtships with beautiful women named Jennifer. Hopefully, a macho action role with psychological depth will be just what audiences need to remember why they loved Affleck so much in the first place.
You may recognize Oscar Isaac from big blockbusters X-Men: Apocalypse or the recent Star Wars sequels; in TF, Isaac plays team member Santiago “Pope” Garcia. He’s a strong and vocal leader who is not afraid to speak up to protect his friends. “You’ve been shot five times for your country, and you can’t afford to send your kids to college,” Pope says in the trailer. “If we accomplished half the things we’ve accomplished in any other profession, we’d be set for life. The question is, do we finally get to use our skills for our own benefit?” The award-worthy acting of Isaac and his peers is what might just separate Triple Frontier from the numerous action-thrillers which flood the market every year.
In the role of William “Ironhead” Miller is Charlie Hunnam, a man armed with the sexiest blue eyes in Hollywood (take that, Daniel Craig!). The Sons of Anarchy star is no stranger to this sort of role, and even spent a considerable amount of time developing a screenplay based on the life of Mexican-American kingpin, Edgar Valdez Villarreal. While that film, based on an article in Rolling Stone, is currently in limbo, Hunnam is sure to leave a mark, or at least some blood and bruises, with his performance in Triple Frontier.
Game of Thrones actor Pedro Pascal plays low-key hero, Francisco “Catfish” Morales. Pascal is a rising star, with his work in GoT and movies like The Equalizer 2 serving as a preamble for projects like Wonder Woman 1984 and the highly-anticipated Star Wars television series, The Manadlorian, which are sure to turn the beloved character actor in a bona fide A-lister. We are already impressed by Pascal, and his profile will only rise in the coming years.
Lastly, Mudbound’s Garrett Hedlund stars as Ben Miller, as a powerful soldier who is willing to put himself in harm’s way to complete a rigorous task. Like Pascal, Hedlund is a subtle A-lister, with roles in little-seen genre films like the powerful Death Sentence (in which he plays a young skinhead who goes to war with Kevin Bacon) giving way to leading roles in blockbusters like Tron Legacy and the criminally underrated Pan (or are we literally the only people who love that movie? Don’t answer that question).