The Survival Spirit Sparkles Up The Hunt.
Chandor is sticking his neck out here. He is shifting on another genre; primarily action, that has never been his forte. And usually it is hard to pull it off, but he has been exploring the borderline issues like such. This is why the action is crisp clean. With a meticulous thorough exploration of a well mapped out and choreographed action sequence, the film starts off with a typical “in and out” mission- or so you’d think. The first act that starts smoothly, is your usually convincing 1-0-1 writing method. This is what aches you throughout the course of the film, J. C. Chandor, the co-writer and director, pleads you to go through the whole process that frankly at times might be moot.
Like, the first act, where the baggage of all the character comes up with, is your expected hokum of unsatisfactory that would help them shake on this dodgy deal proposed by Pope (Oscar Isaac). After which the film and the characters strikes on their main target, where all the credit goes to Chandor and his execution on creating a tense environment among these characters as they go- almost without any proper preparations- in and finds themselves fighting with each other.
Their experience and the build up of their hype of being excellent in their training and work, is perpetually justified when all their aim is directed toward an outer threat. These little things is how Mark Boal- the creator- convinces you to be invested in this group. But all this razzle dazzle barely changes any dime in the game, the crux of the film lies on the aftermath of this mission. Despite of all the training and the experience these buffed up retired military boys have been through, what’s fascinating is how easily seduced they are.
This fine analysation of human behavior- something that we have earlier seen in Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones The Last Crusader- is what sparks up viewer’s attention. The bickering and smooth familiar slangs used among them is smart of them to keep it alive, the team is left no more a team in its last act, when these characters finally go three dimensional. Isaac, as arguably the leader and schemer of the whole project has done a great work especially when it comes to strike horns head to head with Ben Affleck that is kept under the shades along with other team members.
And hence is the reason why Affleck stands alone as he is- against all odds- trying to figure out the math behind the distraction Isaac has constructed. Pedro Pascal, Charlie Hunnam (as the reserved one) and Garrett Hedlund (the hothead and amateur one), unfortunately doesn’t have much to offer on terms of the performance. The only major asset of the film is its surprised package, call it the second half or the last act, these macho guys tested by the nature is what justifies the storytelling. Triple Frontier works a marvel as a morality lesson for kids out there, but then they should think about everyone, especially if it dares to go that dark that quick.