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TRIPLE FRONTIER (2019): The Things I Liked…

Triple Frontier (2019), Oscar Isaac, Netflix
Triple Frontier (2019), Oscar Isaac, Netflix

Triple Frontier, the action / adventure about five former Special Forces operatives who’s planned heist in South America becomes an epic battle for survival is a movie I found to be just okay.

Starring Oscar Isaac, Ben Affleck, Charlie Hunnam, Pedro Pascal and Garrett Hedlund, the performances were generally good. In terms of the themes featured, I like what director J.C. Chandor’s film had to say about the high price of greed. I’m also happy that Triple Frontier shed some light on the plight of US veterans. Particularly the general discontent in reference to how they really could be better taken care of. 

As for the reasons why I didn’t find the finished product quite as thrilling as hoped, it firstly has something to do with how easily I was able to predict an outcome or two early on. Secondly, considering how each character’s backstory was presented so very briefly, it didn’t allow for me to properly connect with a fair amount of them, if any in a meaningful way. This too relates to the villain who barely had any screen time. I needed to see more evidence of why he was really deserving of the attack. Intellectually it’s clear, yet more visual evidence would certainly have been great.

Lastly, I know that Affleck’s character is in essence quite depressed and therefore not fully himself. However, I somehow still find it hard to completely believe that he behaved the way he did during the actual heist. Or that no one else stood up and stopped his ‘madness.’ To put it another way, I really thought that they’d have planned better generally and in regards to how to deal with anyone who tried to go beyond the agreed plan of action.

I certainly don’t regret giving just over two hours for this movie but I do wish it had me half as hooked and was as well written as Sicario (2015). Now that’s a tension filled thriller and a half. 

Happy Film Loving 

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MUDBOUND (2017): New Trailer From Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige, Jason Mitchell…

Mudbound (2017), Garrett Hedlund
Mudbound (2017), Garrett Hedlund

Garrett Hedlund, Carey Mulligan, Mary J. Blige and Jason Mitchell are the stars of director, Dee Rees’s latest, Mudbound. Hedlund and Mitchell play two men who are back home from World War II to work on a farm in rural Mississippi. The men struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war…

My guess would be that PTSD is more or less the same for war veterans now – as it was back then. I can’t wait to find out in this movie. The beautiful friendship and how Rees handles the challenges both men face are additional reasons I’ll be watching. Also, Garrett Hedlund starring in a promising movie… I’ve looked forward to this day. I really have. I’ve also been hearing the name ‘Dee Rees’ for a few weeks now. It’s time I found out why.

Lastly, Carey Mulligan is back! Yeah! – for she’s one of my favourites.

Mudbound Release Dates: November 17th, 2017 (US)…

Happy Film Loving

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BILLY LYNN’S LONG HALFTIME WALK (2016) New Trailer From Kristen Stewart, Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel…

Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk (2016), Joe Alwyn.
Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk (2016), Joe Alwyn.

Based on the book by Ben Fountain and starring Joe Alwyn, Vin Diesel plus Kristen Stewart, Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk is the latest movie from truly great director, Ang Lee (Life Of Pi (2012), Brokeback Mountain (2005)

I’m most looking forward to seeing the smart way in which this story comes to life, the way that it shows the realities of war compared with America’s perceptions. I wonder if my favourite war movie will still be The Hurt Locker (2008) after this.

Garrett Hedlund, Chris Tucker and Steve Martin also star.

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk Release Dates: October 14th, 2016 (US); January 6th, 2017 (UK); January 26th, 2017 (GER)…

Happy Film Loving 🙂

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UNBROKEN (2014): A Note On How to Achieve The Impossible, Starring Jack O’Connell

Unbroken (2014), Jack O'Connell
Unbroken (2014), Jack O’Connell

When I saw the trailer for Unbroken in 2014, I became very excited; first because I love Angelina Jolie. Second because Jack O’Connell is one of my recent favourite Actors (he was brilliant in Starred Up (20013) and lastly, the Louis Zamperini story.

Directed by Jolie and with British O’Connell in the starring role, Unbroken is the story of a man (Zamperini) who overcame one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after another.

Zamperini’s story of physical and mental endurance began well before the near fatal plane crash in WW2 that changed the course of his life.

Unbroken (2014), John D'Leo, C.J. Valleroy
Unbroken (2014), John D’Leo, C.J. Valleroy

It is in fact the very vital relationship he had with his family, namely his big brother, Pete, that really helped prepare him for every extraordinary thing he was  able to accomplish in the years that followed.

That goodness for the people who add immeasurable value in the way they encourage and believe in our capabilities, especially when we don’t.

The screenplay was penned by the Cohen brothers, Joel and Ethan, so clearly the film had everything going for it from writers, cast, crew and beyond.

The performances that stick in my mind come from O’Connell, of corse and Miyavi who plays the character of Sergeant Watanabe. Garrett Hedlund, Domhnall Gleeson and Jai Courtney also do a great job

If you haven’t already watched Unbroken, know that it’s a brilliant story of extraordinary strength of the human spirit. One that is so well told that you’ll be glad you had the chance to learn about Mr Zamperini.

As if I needed more reasons to love Angelina Jolie!

Happy Unbroken 🙂

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