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Triangle (Blu-ray / DVD)

Triangle on DVD and Blu-rayReviewed by Uncle Creepy

Starring Liam Hemsworth, Melissa George, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung

Written and directed by Christopher Smith

Distributed by First Look Studios


Being a huge fan of both Creep and Severance, I was excited about the prospect of another film from one of my favorite directors. Christoper Smith’s latest foray into our genre, Triangle, is a true mind-fuck of an experience that comes really close to hitting every intended mark that it wants to.

Jess (Melissa George) is a very troubled woman. She’s a struggling mother who is busting her ass to make ends meet, and the pressures of her everyday life are more than getting to her. As a means to get away from it all, if only for a few hours, she takes her friend Greg (Michael Dorman) up on his offer to go yachting with a couple of other acquaintances. Unfortunately for all those involved, a major storm sends them careening into the heart of the Bermuda Triangle, where things go from bad to worse to hell almost immediately.

Trying to discuss Triangle without giving away spoilers is no easy task, but I’ll try my best. Let’s just say that much like the famed Triangle itself, there are three sides to this tale, and we get to see each one of them from a different perspective of our leading lady. Triangle raises lots of questions that will leave you scratching your head throughout the film, but thankfully by the time the end credits roll, everything has pretty much been explained and we come to a satisfactory conclusion. The only issues to be found here are pacing problems. Things sometimes take a while to get where they are going, but once they get there? Wow. Really good stuff.

Triangle on DVD and Blu-rayAvailable on DVD and Blu-ray, Triangle obviously looks and sounds better on Blu. That’s a no-brainer by this point, is it not? Still, the DVD holds its own as well, and if you don’t have the hi-def tech, it’s no biggie. Especially because there’s only one bit of supplemental material to be found here, and it appears on both packages.

Sadly, all we get are some really poorly edited cast and crew interviews. There’s no flow. It just jumps from one person to the next with some really annoying dead air in-between. This approach is super archaic by today’s standards, and I can’t help but wonder why it was presented like this and also where the rest of the goods are hiding. With a movie as headsy as this one, surely there was something else to talk about. There just had to have been. Deleted scenes. A commentary. Whatever!

In the end we’re left with a near bare bones home video edition of a film that deserved better. Looking for a crazy and uber-violent trip straight out of “The Twilight Zone”? Then step right up and set sail through some really troubled and nightmarish waters.

Special Features

  • Cast and crew interviews

    Film:

    4 out of 5

    Special Features:

    1 out of 5

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  • Steve Barton

    You're such an inspiration for the ways that I will never, ever choose to be.

    • Permafrost

      I was pretty happy with this flick… Kinda wondering WTF through the first chunk until I could see where it might be going. Really liked not having it explained, but just left to be interpreted and enjoyed.

    • Floydian Trip

      An interesting take.

    • Floydian Trip

      I’m going to rent this when I take The Donner Party back. The Bermuda Triangle is another boyhood obsession of mine. There’s also a Great Lakes Triangle.

    • Terminal

      Creepy why did you give this four knives, but give it two and a half knives in the past review? What changed?

      • The Woman In Black

        Creepy didn’t write that earlier review — it was Gareth, who saw it in the UK.

        • Terminal

          Oh because on Rotten Tomatoes it says Uncle Creepy. My fault.

          • The Woman In Black

            A few reviews on RT are listed under UC’s name so they’ll register on the Tomato-meter properly. That site can be a real pain at times!

            • Pestilence

              …and I apologise for nothing! :oD I really, really wanted to like this as Smith is coming on in leaps and bounds as a director. So much so that I gave it a rewatch outside of the hyped festival environment and again found myself really loving the technical aspects, but ultimately becoming even more frustrated with my feelings at the ending. Such, such a huge amount of promise. If it had a little more time in the stewing pot, it probably would have blown me away.

            • Terminal

              No need to apologize Pestilence. Some people will like it, some won’t. I personally think it’s an absolute gem. I’m still gushing over it.

    • Terminal

      When the big reveal happens I was convinced that this movie had nowhere to go but down and I was very disappointed. Then suddenly the movie only gets better and better and by the climax I was just stunned at how good this was. I couldn’t believe how astounding this was to sit through. Sure it’s a horror movie but it’s so much more. It’s a shame this didn’t get a theatrical release. And god I’m in love with Melissa George.

      Thanks for suggesting this Woman in Black.

      • The Woman In Black

        Whew! That’s a relief! LOL Hopefully through word of mouth this film will find the audience it deserves. Such a breath of fresh air in today’s world of remakes, sequels, etc.

    • hegemon13

      Great atmosphere, tension, and performances, but ultimately a predictable, let-down ending. The first eighty minutes of this movie deserved better than the last fifteen minutes offered. To be honest, though, the twists were pretty cliched as well. Similar movies have been done too many times for this to be original, and it really doesn’t offer anything new or surprising. I’m kind of bummed, because I loved Creep and Severance.

      • Terminal

        How was it predictable?

        SPOILER WARNING!!

        Even after it’s made apparent what’s happening, there are still unanswered questions left. What power did the son hold over these events? What did the white seagull represent? Who was the taxi driver? Was he death or just a being whose purpose was to carry out Jess’s destiny? And if Jess was stuck in purgatory doomed to relive her punishment who were her friends? Were they also people doomed to purgatory or just props in this scenario? If they were just props why were there numerous versions of them around the ship like Jess?

        END SPOILERS

        See, even after 80 percent of it is explained, there’s still 20 percent that’s left basically ambiguous.

        • The Woman In Black

          I would have loved a commentary to hear what Smith had to say about those exact questions!

    • fceurich39

      isn’t this movie very similiar to timecrimes?

      • The Woman In Black

        In some ways, yes, but in the end, not so much. Time travel per se isn’t really the theme here.

    • The Woman In Black

      I REALLY liked this flick. And the more I think about it, the more I like it. I’m not even that much of a Melissa George fan, but she really hits it out of the park with her performance. Whereas in the beginning she really got on my nerves, as things unfolded and I started to put the pieces together, it was obvious what a great job she was doing. My only beef? Not enough of Liam Hemsworth! But other than that, I agree 100% with Creepy. An easy 4/5.

      And yes, Pestilence, those shots were great!

    • Pestilence

      Been waiting to see what others thought of this! Seems to be 50/50 love/hate going around (yet critically successful, I believe).

      Technically brilliant, but I thought overall it just wasn’t that good. If you were watching it with TrueHD/DTS-MA audio, what’d ya think of those gunshots, eh? Effective or what!

      • hegemon13

        The gunshots were really effective even in 5.1 DD. In fact, all the sound was pretty spectacular, come to think of it. The sounds of the water filled every corner of the room. Great use of surrounds.