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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Contemplates justifying illegal behavior because of past good conduct with minimal payoff. Characters suffer consequences for their actions, are forced to re-examine their motives. Values promoted: teamwork, loyalty, fairness.
Positive Role Models
Team members are courageous, loyal, determined, resourceful, highly competent; however, they undertake illegal action, make questionable decisions, are sometimes forced to abandon moral high ground.
Violence & Scariness
Military action with many weapons: grenade launcher, rocket fire, machine guns. Many deaths; blood flows, bodies pile up. Repeated gunfire kills, some at point-blank range. Executions. Hand-to-hand combat. A mule falls to its death from a high cliff.
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Frequent cursing, including "f--k," "s--t," "damn," "pissed," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation).
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Lead character drinks beer while driving his young daughter. Reference to one character's past use of cocaine.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Triple Frontier is an action movie set in South America. A top-tier team of "retired" Special Ops U.S. soldiers reunite in an attempt to kill an infamous Brazilian cartel leader and take back the many millions of dollars of drug money hidden in his jungle compound. As expected in a movie more than two hours long, things don't go as planned, and both their initial assault and their efforts to escape result in tragedy for many. Lives are lost. Blood flows. Bodies pile up. Fatal accidents occur. (Spoiler alert: A mule falls to its death from a high cliff.) All manner of weaponry is used: grenade and rocket launchers, machine guns, pistols, hand-to-hand combat. Men swear frequently. Such language as "f--k," "s--t," "damn," and "Jesus Christ" (as an exclamation) are part of the team's casual conversation. One lead character drinks a beer while driving in a car with his daughter. Another character refers to past issues with cocaine. The film is suspenseful and offers some complex notions of right and wrong, as well as of ethical behavior. Mature audiences only. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Director J.C. Chandor uses his finely tuned, artful style to create an action-packed film with intricate battle sequences and suspenseful "human vs. nature" moments performed by A-list actors. The physical settings are as breathtaking as they are treacherous. The mistakes, accidents, punishing terrain, and enemies accumulate and expand while the men stop the action to ponder shifting moral responsibility and determine just how far they're willing to go to succeed. In spite of that, mostly sketchy characters emerge. Still, audiences will cheer for them: The actors are more than sympathetic -- they're dashing heroes in these roles. Only Ben Affleck's character seems to be a lost soul who won't find redemption. Chandor, who consistently delivers solid, compelling work, has added an efficient thriller to his filmography. Triple Frontier is a satisfying diversion for grown-up action fans.
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