The Triple Frontier of J. C. Chandor | Review


Published on Mar 14, 2019


It would have been reasonable to expect a film fracassone and voted for a simplistic, fun in the salsa action only if you had not been fasting for the film J. C. Chandor, who, in reality, simplistic has never had nothing: and in fact, his new film Triple Frontier, to five years from the previous A Most Violent Year (1981: Investigation in New York for us italians) rather than hide behind the patina of the kind of reference (we are from parts of the heist movie mixed in with the atmosphere of war movie) prefer to use it as a magnifying glass, to point towards the bodies of his characters for the purpose of digging in them up to removing the soul and examine it to see what's behind it.

With an exceptional cast that includes Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam and Garrett Hedlund, the film dodges the expectations of machismo from the b-series of the ’90s and challenge the viewer, offering a story of avarice, and the drop-down moral, which blends the atmosphere of Apocalypse Now, with those classic movie caper.

The story is set, as it says in the title of the film, in the triple border in south america: in the border area between Brazil, Paraguay and Argentina, nestled between the green landscapes of the tropical jungle, is a place known to be a free zone, the cradle of organized crime and the crossroads of drug trafficking, money laundering and crime. It is here that we find the villa-fortress, a well-known drug trafficker, by years, untouchable by the forces of law and order: Pope (Isaac), tired of vedergliela do franca, decides to recruit four of his former fellow soldiers to not only kill him, but also and above all for a way to bring the hundreds of millions of dollars that the drug lord has accumulated in that house.

Immersed in this infamous scenario of illegality, the bond and the loyalty of the five friends will be put to the test when their criminal action will give way to a series of consequences of the accidental but inevitable.

In the films of Chandor was always alone, that we find Wall Street (Margin Call), or in the Indian ocean (All Is Lost), and also if in a group, the five protagonists of the Triple Frontier will battle with this truth: when it comes to action, they move together, the figures in the centre of the story, with the coordination of flawless of an elite group of well-trained and even more close-knit; but when there is marching in the jungle, in the rain, when you have to cross the snow-capped mountains in the cold of the night, that is, when the action is over and start the introspection, they are all alone, each with their own thoughts, their own guilt, their own regrets.

The pen that elegant and fine Mark Boal, in the screenplay (co-written with Chandor) defines with just a few but indelible strokes of the five “heroes”, and then orchestra, situations and events to put them to the test, almost to want to discover up to what point can you get before breaking. Stands out among all a Ben Affleck really is in part, obviously, involved and dedicated to the project: is his character the emotional center of the film, and when we hear about the divorces, the missed opportunities and regrets, the border that separates it from the actor who plays him is so thin as to seem nonexistent.

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