I’m sure you’ve experienced this before—you watch a trailer for a movie and the plot looks SO cool and it has amazing actors and you get so excited that you share it with all your friends then, months of anticipation. Later, you finally sit down to watch it (possibly even spending your hard-earned MONEY) only to realize the movie is nothing like what you expected. That’s when you find yourself frozen, staring helplessly at the TV screen for two hours because you think maybe it’ll get better, when you know deep down it never will.
Me too, pal. Me too. But don’t worry! I’ve taken it upon myself to endure the sting of such complete and utter betrayal so you might not have to. Generally, I like to write positive and upbeat articles with glowing reviews, but they can’t all be winners, can they? And that’s fine.
I don’t expect them to be, but what really gets me is when trailers and ads have me so hyped for something only for it to be a total let down. I guess the marketers are doing their jobs well, I just wish the producers and script-writers could match that enthusiasm. All this to say: DO NOT WATCH “Triple Frontier!”
“Triple Frontier” is one of Netflix’s newest original movies and if you haven’t heard of it, you might want to go watch the trailer.
It looks like a pretty typical, action-packed heist movie with a team of big-name actors like Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal and while I was expecting a dope-as-flip “A-Team” esque plot, I was left disappointed with little-to-no character development to the point where I really didn’t care who lived or died.
I’ve truly been impressed with Netflix’s originals over the last couple years. Even when it was pretty obvious they were recycling from their limited pool of actors, they’ve done a really good job with the budgets and resources they were given. “Triple Frontier” looked like a step into something bigger for Netflix, but in my opinion they might’ve jumped the gun a little bit.
I don’t know whose fault it is—the scriptwriters for just throwing together a sub-par story with little substance or consistency, the directors and producers for not making the effort to utilize every minute of screen time, or the actors who I’d assume can tell the difference between a good and bad script and maybe should’ve tried a little harder to lend a helping hand—but whoever dropped the ball with “Triple Frontier,” dropped it HARD.
—Your Friendly Neighborhood Movie Guy
Nicholas Morrison is a senior studying graphic design.