Reviewed 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.
Available 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.
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