Is Netflix's Newest Alpha Male Movie Worth Your Investment? (Minimal SPOILERS)
Last week, my wife was down the hill at rehearsal, so I had the evening...to watch a manflick...while lifting weights. (No, I will not disclose how many pounds they were.)
>> THE FILM OF CHOICE
That night I decided upon Netflix's original film Triple Frontier. Bam! It's currently on Netflix. This film boasts an impressive cast from Ben Affleck to Oscar Isaac to Charlie Hunnman.
IMDB summarizes the plot in this way: "Loyalties are tested when five former special forces operatives reunite to steal a drug lord's fortune, unleashing a chain of unintended consequences."
While the moon turns blood-red and the stars fall out of the sky more often than I recommend a Netflix original movie or show, this Alpha Male, testosterone-fueled action film impressed, entertained, and even provoked me to some worthwhile thoughts.
(Side note: this picture was taken in 2018: the day Netflix released their original re-boot Lost in Space.)
Back to Triple Frontier, while I cannot highly recommend it, I can recommend it with some reservations.
On the SVL (sex, language, violence) scale, be warned that it scores pretty high on language and violence. There are some sexual innuendos, but there are no graphic sexual scenes.
This film is rated R, primarily because of the language...and the violence helps too.
Why do I still recommend this film (with reservations)? Overall, the worldview is sound.
I think it's wise to evaluate a film not only by what SVL it contains, but by what worldview it's communicating. Triple Frontier carries a message that I see is consistent with the Christian perspective.
>> NOT WHAT I THOUGHT
At first glance, I guessed Triple Frontier would be in the vein of so many other crime thrillers that are popular these days. I thought it'd be a bent film like the Oceans 11 series of films.
Bent films are characterized by there being no clear distinction between good and evil, or the good guys and the bad guys. In Oceans 11 and its sequels, we're drawn into rooting for the bank robbers for many reasons...including their good looks and wit. In the end, the bank robbers win the day...and if we're honest, we're glad! Another example of a bent story is HBO's The Sopranos or AMC's Breaking Bad.
Without spoiling too much, Triple Frontier is not a bent film, or at least not in the same way the previously mentioned films and shows are.
>> THE WORLDVIEW
This film actually reminded me quite a bit of Leo Tolstoy's short story "How Much Land Does a Man Need?" In this powerful work, Tolstoy offers a vivid picture of what happens when a man lets ambition, greed, and discontentment slosh around in his soul. I've used this short story in my classroom many times.