Triple Frontier Review: 5 Ups & 5 Downs


5. It's Surprisingly Predictable & Cliched

Triple Frontier Ben Affleck

Easily this movie's biggest flaw is its uneven script, which is surprising given that Triple Frontier was co-written by both Chandor himself - who wrote all three of his previous films solo - and Oscar-winning screenwriter Mark Boal (The Hurt Locker, Zero Dark Thirty).

Though there are certainly some memorably prickly dialogues throughout the film, the A-to-Z plotting is decidedly less striking and imaginative.

Too often the film falls back on predictable thriller cliches, with characters turning dumb or changing their personalities out of nowhere solely in order to introduce a new dramatic wrinkle.

The result is a film that feels far more contrived than it really needs to, and though the cliches never become truly grating, it's a shame that such a talented cast didn't have more water-tight material to work with.


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