Netflix Movie Recommendations: Triple Frontier (2019) and The Dirt (2019)

While the subject matter for these two movies couldn’t have been on opposite sides of the spectrum, I consider these movies average.  They are average in the sense that from my viewpoint, many movies released either from Hollywood or streaming companies like Netflix and Hulu although I’ve seen more movies made by Netflix, falter when it comes to pushing the story to the edge.  I find this particularly with dramas within the last decade where the surface is merely scratched.  I’m not sure what exactly would make good stories great, but I recognize more emotional/human content sorely missing.  I feel this element is being skipped for the sake of producers, directors, and maybe even writers who feel the viewers want simplistic beginnings, middles, and ends.  I know it’s ultimately up to the writer to produce the final version of a script and that it can change along the way once filming starts.  Yet, getting the right actors and actresses can make all the difference too between pushing the movie from good to great.  With movies being around for over a century, pretty much everything has been done before and we’ve seen it all.  Those untapped areas may not even exist anymore, but what keeps coming back to me is the story.  These two Netflix productions aren’t lackluster, but they are just movies for the sake of being movies.  There is nothing wrong with this, but I had already figured out who died in Triple Frontier within the first twenty minutes (because even writers drop clues they may or may not realize).  Because I was less knowledgeable about The Dirt, the life of Mötley Crüe before and during their fame, it was new material for me, but again the movie told a story in a pretty straightforward direction and manner.  Maybe, I gave too much credit to Bohemian Rhapsody as I gave it 100% when it came out in the theaters, but I also think Freddie Mercury’s talent as a singer is beyond any of the members of Mötley Crüe.  I also thought Rami Malek did an excellent job despite it seeming half the viewers thought he was great and other half not so much.  I knew going into these movies, neither one would be categorized as eye-popping cinema, but counting them out as good entertainment would be a shame.

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Quote from Triple Frontier by Santiago ‘Pope’ Garcia: “You’ve been shot 5 times for your country and you can’t even afford to send your kids to college.”

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Executive Producers: Mark Boal, Anna Gerb, and Thomas Hayslip

Director: J.C. Chandor

Writers: Mark Boal and J.C. Chandor

Major Cast: Ben Affleck, Oscar Isaac, Charlie Hunnam, Garrett Hedlund, Pedro Pascal,, and Adria Arjona

MPAA Rating: R for violence and language throughout

 

Running Time: 2 hours and 5 minutes

*******

Triple Frontier is a movie about five former operatives coming together for monetary reward they feel they are due for serving their country.  The mastermind behind this plan is Pope (Oscar Isaac), a private military advisor in Colombia.  With help from his informant, Yovanna, Pope gets the necessary information and supplies.  With his team in place in including Redfly (Ben Affleck), Ironhead (Charlie Hunnam), Benny (Garrett Hedlund), and Catfish (Pedro Pascal), they get down to ironing out the details.  Their target is a drug lord, Lorea, and his money rumored to be held in his safe house somewhere in the jungle.  Their plan is officially under way when they scope out the safehouse and later to find the money.  As the search continues, problems arise within the safehouse and outside of it.  This is where the blame game starts.  With tempers flaring and glaring differences of opinion about their next move, the realization of them in a country on a mission no one knows about because it’s illegal grips them tighter.  They have no choice, but continue whether it has a good or bad result.  They push on because staying in one place for too long will ensure they all get killed.  The ending was decent, but again a little predictable.  Therefore, I give it the rating below.

I rate Triple Frontier GOOD at 80%

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Quote from The Dirt by Don McGhee: “I have managed the Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Skid Row, KISS.  I had been dragged through the deepest shit with all kinds of mentally ill people.  But I have never been through what Mötley Crüe put me through.”

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Executive Producers: Steve Kline, Michelle Manning, Chris Nilsson, Ben Ormand, and Rick Yorn

Director: Jeff Tremaine

Writers: Tommy Lee, Mick Mars, Vince Neil, Nikki Sixx, Neil Strauss (book) and Amanda Adelson and Rich Wilkes (screenplay)

Major Cast: Machine Gun Kelly, Douglas Booth, Daniel Webber, Iwan Rheon, David Costabile, Pete Davidson, Levin Rambin, Jordan Lane Price, and Rebekah Graf

TV Rating: TV-MA

Running Time: 1 hour and 47  minutes

*******

The Dirt is a movie about four misfits living in Los Angeles during the early 1980s, and their journey to becoming a staple in the Glam rock/mental music scene.  The creator of Mötley Crüe, Frank Feranna Jr., would later change his name to Nikki Sixx and the rest is history as they say.  Sixx along with Tommy Lee, Vince Neil, and Mick Mars would get used playing in front of an audience.  They soon were playing in countless jam-packed night clubs and signed with Elektra Records.  With cash flowing in faster than they knew what to do with, relationships got serious as well as the partying.  Insert more drinking and drug use especially with Nikki Sixx and Vince Neil, and the end result is never good.  The high life eventually leads to tragedy as it did in this case.  As the band tries to regroup and heal from the destruction and fall out, things are still rocky as they tour.  The band eventually breaks apart from each other.  The end of Mötley Crüe had arrived and was officially disbanded in early 2000s.  But, like any good band does, the members make amends and come back together for one last show or one more album.  They played more shows with their last concert being in Los Angeles in December 2015 until this movie came out.  Mötley Crüe, as of 2018, is recording new songs and continue to maintain support from old fans and probably gaining new fans as well.  They’ve been around for almost 40 years.  Longevity in the music scene is not a constant so good for them.

I rate The Dirt GOOD at 80%

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2019

 

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