Triple Frontier: Is the Ben Affleck movie on Netflix good? Is it based on a true story?
The story of Triple Frontier follows a group of former Special Forces operatives (Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal) who 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.
Is True Story any good?
Some critics liked it more than others, which is reflected in the Rotten Tomatoes audience score and its critics’ score.
The critics’ score is a respectable 73 percent, while its audience score is only 59 percent.
The critics’ consensus reads: “An outstanding cast and ambitious story help Triple Frontier overcome an uneven narrative — and elevate the end result above a crowded field of grim and gritty heist thrillers.”
Metacritic gives it a score of 61 indicating generally positive reviews, citing 16 positive reviews, eight mixed reviews, and one negative review.
The Express.co.uk review, however, gave it only two out of four stars.
Our review reads: “Triple Frontier is framed as a seemingly anti-establishment tale, a story of disenfranchised soldiers who have sacrificed so much only to come home to a country which can’t, or won’t, care for them.”
“The characters’ names are almost inconsequential – they are each poster-boys for different types of disillusionment and the consequences of PTSD.
“Triple Frontier wants to be an intimate look at the mental and emotional toll of warfare on men but instead, it leans heavily into the misconception that the only way a man should manage his emotions – whether frustration, depression, or disenchantment – is with a gun.”
Is Triple Frontier based on a true story?
No, though the location is real and there certainly disenfranchised soldiers, the plot itself is wholly fiction.
But the actors did meet with former special forces members to add some authenticity to the film.
Pedro Pascal described how one special forces member was: “with us every step of the way building our confidence and helping us take these things seriously and focus on what really matters; not necessarily how many push-ups we can do but how to think in a tactical way.
“By the end of the day, they gave us live ammunition and trusted us with that.”
“There was a lot of testosterone in the film.”
Charlie Hunnam told FoxDC: “We were given the opportunity to work with some guys who’d worked at a high level, Special Forces, SEAL team, a Delta Force guy.
I said to him, ‘How would you get yourself a nickname like Ironhead?”
And he said, ‘Well, you’ve probably been shot in the head and you got some lead in your head, but Ironhead sounds better than Leadhead, you know?'”
Triple Frontier is now available to stream on Netflix.