Having received much love from the online horror community, I was expecting more from Triangle. The trailer is explanatory enough to know that there will be some repetitive slaying going on, but the premise doesn't hold up, and the finale is frustratingly inconclusive. When you spend an hour and a half with a far-fetched film that desperately wants to come off as smart, but doesn't quite get there, there is always hope that the finale will bring closure. While writer/director Smith attempts to do just that, the convoluted proceedings that unfolded beforehand had already rendered any sort of feasible explanation inexplicable.
Single mother Jess is struggling to raise her troubled son, so grasps the opportunity to go sailing when an attractive frequenter of the diner she works in invites her along with some friends. Once aboard, however, she is overcome with a strange feeling of déjà-vu and unease. When their small yaught is hit by a freak electrical storm, Jess's worst fears become a reality. Stranded on an overturned boat, the surviving members of the storm think they're luck has changed when an old cruise liner shuffles on by. But their nightmare is just beginning, as the deserted ship is of the supernatural variety, and causes things to happen in a perpetual loop once on board.
Smith has previously helmed the enjoyable Danny Dyer starrer, Severance, but while that too featured a masked killer and slightly nonsensical ending, it still had a sense of humour to carry it through. Triangle is a much more earnest affair, and is just bursting to tell you how smart it is. Naturally, a film that markets itself on repetitiveness will find it difficult to seem fresh, but this just gives us the same scenes from different angles, along with a dodgy excuse for exposition. George's Jess is constantly stressed, but her predicament with her son is never expanded upon enough to give the supposedly hard-hitting finale any context. And when you've set through the same thing over and over, that's the least you should expect.
Review by Mike Sheridan | 09:00 | Friday 16th October 2009 | Movie Review
Mr Sheridan, you would appear to be too dim to understand an excellent and well-crafted film. Perhaps you should consider a different career, as you appear totally unsuited to your current one.Posted 02:21 | Fri 17th Dec 2010
And what do you do Astaroth? What if Mike Sheridan went into your work place and shouted across the office saying you're not good at your job. Film criticism, as I understand it, is a subjective opinion. Just because his opinion on a movie differs to yours you want him to lose his job? Grow up.Posted 13:56 | Fri 17th Dec 2010
That said, I thought Triangle was a good show too.Posted 14:04 | Fri 17th Dec 2010
I'm sorry but Mike is right here. This movie is filled with countless plot holes. Mike wasn't "too dim" he just cant go into the plot in-depth in a review format like this. I came to this site through wikipedia, as Mike had the only negative review listed on the article. Main problems with the film: ITS BORING - once the "loop" format is established, we can pretty much guess whats going to happen next 90% of the time. THE CHARACTERS ARE UNBELIEVABLE - One example: Woman starts saying she has seen her doppleganger, something weird going on this ship, meets her with an unrealistic incredulity that is only in the film to further the plot. PLOTHOLES - She dies in the car accident, right? But I guess its aliens! Or heaven, right? Ok I can deal with that, but assuming she was the 20th or 30th incarnation of the loop (its not infinite, evidenced by the corpses) she goes on the boat knowing whats going to happen, WHY DOES SHE ACT SO SURPRISED WHEN THINGS STRANGE THINGS START HAPPENING? HASNT SHE BEEN THROUGH IT ALL BEFORE? Or does her memory conveniently get erased before each trip? If so, why? Going off the bit of exposition about the name of the boat, this is just all some sick joke. Or punishment. There is no message, just some floundering attempt at trying to sound smart. This movie was terriblastic, Mike had it right. 2/5Posted 06:35 | Sat 9th Jul 2011
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