‘Triple Frontier’ review: Solid action with a lack of character

‘Triple Frontier’ review: Solid action with a lack of character

March 14, 2019 | 4:49pm | Updated March 14, 2019 | 4:52pm

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Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund and Pedro Pascal in "Triple Frontier." Netflix | Everett Collection

Running time: 125 minutes. Rated R (violence and action).

Netflix has added an original heist movie to its vast catalog — director J.C. Chandor’s “Triple Frontier,” with so-so results.

In the great tradition of dudes getting together to complete a task, a former Green Beret, Pope (Oscar Isaac), ropes in his old Special Forces buds to take down an evil South American drug lord named Lorea — and get rich in the process.

Since this is an off-the-books, non-government operation, the boys can steal Lorea’s millions and deem it morally acceptable because he’s a bad, bad man. Tell that to your priest!

When Pope rounds the guys up, they’re all in very different gigs. Redfly (Ben Affleck) is a real-estate agent, Ironhead (Charlie Hunnam) gives pep talks to new Special Forces recruits, Catfish (Pedro Pascal) is a pilot who lost his license and Ben (Garrett Hedlund) is an MMA fighter. They all speak like their names would imply, in interchangeable jarhead lingo.

There are some zippy chase scenes and shootouts, and tension throughout. But the characters — especially the lethargic Affleck — make for more of a C-Team than an A-Team.

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