Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Horror Movie Review: Triangle


Starring: Melissa George, Michael Dorman, and Liam Hemsworth

Directed by: Christopher Smith

Written by: Christopher Smith

Release Date: August 27, 2009

When I saw the trailer for Triangle, I knew I had to see it because in 2009 I participated in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) and I wrote about some kids getting stuck in the Bermuda Triangle. In Triangle, there is no direct reference to the Bermuda Triangle, but writer/director Christopher Smith has said early versions of the story were clearly set in the Bermuda Triangle despite the lack of reference in the movie. So for comparison sake, I had to check it out.

Jess (Melissa George) is a single mother trying to raise an autistic child. Her friend and possible romantic interest Greg (Michael Dorman) convinces her take take some time for herself and join him and his friends on his boat, the Triangle.

But when a storm system rolls in suddenly and capsizes the boat, Jess's small vacation starts giving her more stress. But a cruise ship comes coasting by and the survivors are able to climb on board. The boat seems abandoned and Jess seems oddly familiar with it. But then when they start getting killed off, Jess has to find a way to survive. But flashes of deja vu start to make Jess question what is really going on.

Triangle is a good old mind twist. Melissa George does a fine job leading the cast and Michael Dorman and Liam Hemsworth as Greg's assistant Victor do an okay job as well.

Triangle isn't about gore or shocks or even scaring us, but in challenging us to figure out what is going on. Even at the end when we see how some things are connected, we're still left wondering what exactly is going on.

Christopher Smith included some allusions to another mind twisting horror story, The Shining. An ax, a bloody message on a mirror, the maze like ship and its corridors, as an homage to the story.

Triangle is a fun watch to sit out and talk with others about what we saw, or to just mull over in your head, but it'll make you warned.

Related Trailers

Turistas - Melissa George takes another fatal vacation as Pru in Turistas. In this gripping thriller from director John Stockwell (Blue Crush), a backpacking trip in Brazil turns dangerous for Alex (Josh Duhamel), Pru (Melissa George) and four of their college pals when they find themselves held captive by a radical military gang. The terrified friends fear they may never make it home alive when their captors prove that they'll do anything it takes to complete their ruthless mission.

Daybreakers - Michael Dorman also appears in Daybreakers. In the year 2019, a plague has transformed most every human into a vampire. Faced with a dwindling blood supply, the fractured dominant race plots their survival; meanwhile, a researcher works with a covert band of vamps on a way to save humankind.

Knowing - Liam Hemsworth also appears in Knowing. A teacher opens a time capsule that has been dug up at his son's elementary school; in it are some chilling predictions -- some that have already occurred and others that are about to -- that lead him to believe his family plays a role in the events that are about to unfold.

Creep - Writer/Director Christopher Smith also wrote and directed Creep. Trapped in a London subway station, a woman who's being pursued by a potential attacker heads into the unknown labyrinth of tunnels beneath the city's streets.

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