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Triangle (2009)


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The passengers of a yachting trip in the Bermuda Triangle are struck by mysterious weather and must jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc.


Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Comedy

Christopher Smith

Feb 2, 2010

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All Critics (40) | Top Critics (2) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (7) | DVD (12)

The film only makes some kind of sense on its own fantastic level.

November 10, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety | Comments (2)
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Melissa George's fearless, credible performance grounds the madness in a moving emotional reality, even as her sanity is lost at sea.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Smith's mind-bending mystery will leave everyone as lost as protagonist Jess, no matter whether they are trapped in an unravelling mind, a never-ending twilight zone - or in the prisonhouse of cinema itself.

December 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Little White Lies
Little White Lies

The film would have been better served by a stronger sense of the metaphor it was trying to construct, but as it is, the unravelling of the puzzle is underwhelming.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: MovieTime, ABC Radio National | Comment (1)
MovieTime, ABC Radio National

A tense and interesting psychological thriller.

April 30, 2010 Full Review Source: FILMINK (Australia)
FILMINK (Australia)

A surprisingly satisfying white-knuckler.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source:

Triangle is lots of violent fun for those who like... violent fun.

April 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Sydney Morning Herald
Sydney Morning Herald

Echoing the tone of a wicked childhood nightmare, Triangle suggests big things are back on the horizon for Christopher Smith, even if he hasn't quite hit a home run just yet.

April 15, 2010 Full Review Source: Fan The Fire
Fan The Fire

A crisp and refined little mind-bender that gets pretty contorted, but makes just enough sense to deliver a strong finalé.

April 6, 2010 Full Review Source: FEARnet | Comment (1)

Has a strong visual style but a horrible story.

February 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Movie Views | Comments (7)

Smith não apenas cria um roteiro inteligente e com uma estrutura complexa e fascinante como ainda confere um tom opressivo de pesadelo através de sua excelente direção.

February 21, 2010 | Comment (1)
Cinema em Cena

'Triangle' is one of the most intelligent, thought provoking genre films in recent memory.

February 20, 2010 Full Review Source: ESplatter | Comments (4)

Triangle is so shrewdly conceived that you won't mind its mentally draining resolution.

February 15, 2010 Full Review Source: What Would Toto Watch?
What Would Toto Watch?

Truly it's one of the hidden gems of 2009...

February 9, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

It's creepy, atmospheric stuff and at every twist of this Möbius strip we wonder how Smith will keep things going. But he manages it with considerable skill and we leave his picture suitably shaken.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: Observer [UK]
Observer [UK]

The whole film is smart cinema. I wouldn't be surprised if Smith didn't land up with a contract in Hollywood.

October 20, 2009 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

A satisfying mind-twister, with an unexpectedly poignant pay-off. You'll see where it's going quite early on, but it still keeps some shocks back for the final act.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Empire Magazine
Empire Magazine

Without question Smith's most mature film to date, and one of the best (and most bewildering) genre films of 2009.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Film4

If you can get past its logical inconsistencies - and they are legion - it's not bad.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Times [UK] | Comment (1)
Times [UK]

A rather smart, interestingly constructed scary movie from British director Christopher Smith.

October 16, 2009 Full Review Source: Guardian

Audience Reviews for Triangle

A pleasure boat capsizes during a freak storm and its occupants are rescued by a deserted Ocean Liner inhabited by a mysterious stranger with murderous intent. Triangle is one of those cause and effect paradox stories that science fiction writers are so fond of and reminded me of The Butterfly Effect crossed with Back To The Future 2. Like Twelve Monkeys it obviously owes a debt to La Jetee, but as it concerns itself with the same five characters over the same 90 minute period, it seems far more like small potatoes than Terry Gilliam's film. The premise is simple, having a familiar Twilight Zone feel about it and because of this, once you twig the big twist you know exactly where it's going to go. It's funny, but I feel like I've written this review before...That'll be because it is EXTREMELY similar to Spanish film Los Cronocrimenes released two years earlier. Enough to make me wonder if legal action has been taken. Although "Timecrimes" makes a little more logical sense and requires less in the way of leaps of faith, Triangle's superior production value, more sympathetic lead and superior punchline makes for a better film. Not a bad little mind-bending sci-fi/horror hybrid however, and worth a look if like this type of thing.
June 11, 2013
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A very peculiar film that never lost my interest. Although narratively it develops very absurdly, it's a good quality entry into the cat and mouse suspense genre. Powered by an eery atmosphere, great acting, and a brilliant leading screen presence from Mellisa George. It takes elements from The Shining and doesn't misuse them. Like all the best horror film's the direction is solidly executed and the cinematography is designed perfectly. It's got a believable as opposed to uncliche'd script, and is impressively made on such a small amount of money. By no means a classic but more of a benchmark, in the sense that it isn't the same old psycho flick. That's a brilliant achievement in modern horror cinema.
June 24, 2012
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I give this film props for creating a mystery then slowly unravelling that mystery to show a deeper story. There were a few problems I had with this film that I think kept the movie from being a success.

To start off, the movie is about a girl named Jess who goes sailing with her friend Greg and a couple of his friends. At the beginning, we see Jess is really freaked out about something. She's on edge and spaces out frequently. When a freak electrical storm causes their boat to capsize, a big steamboat comes by and picks them up for rescue. When they board the ship, they see no one is around and then some crazy stuff starts happening to Jess and the others. We don't know anything until the plot starts unravelling itself towards the end.

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The first problem I had with this movie was the characters. The only character that was sufficiently developed was Jess. We saw she had multiple problems to deal with that gave her character some depth. All the other characters had no depth at all. The other characters were just shallow pawns used to carry the plot along. The other characters just had stereotypical personalities or no personality at all- like Victor whose character was just a hot bod that had little to contribute to the film. If all the characters had a stronger relationship with each other perhaps the movie would've been more interesting and fun to watch.

The second problem I had with the film was the amazingly slow pace. After an hour I was thinking surely this film must be over soon! At the one hour mark, the characters were STILL running all over the ship yelling "HELLO!" in their clearly fake American accents. I was actually very surprised to learn that there was still 40 minutes left to the movie. It was very slow and I got pretty bored. Nothing remotely interesting happened until probably 1:14 minute mark. I hate slow paced movies.

The next problem I had with the movie was the plot. There were so many plot holes it was frustrating to watch. At the end of the film, we learn that Jess is stuck in a time loop that repeats itself only when all the others (e.g. Greg, Victor, Sally, etc.) are dead. Once they are dead, the entire movie repeats itself. As we find out, Jess has been stuck in this time loop numerous times. Jess can leave the time loop at any time-- all she has to do is choose not to go on the sail boating trip or choose to not kill everyone when she gets on the rescue ship. The reason Jess stays in the time loop is because she accidentally gets in a car accident and kills her son after she escapes from the rescue ship. In order to bring her son back to life, she decides to re enter the time loop and try everything again-- hopefully this time not killing her son. It was too confusing and honestly- quite boring. The whole thing was her just kicking everyone else's ass over and over and over again. You would think after being in the time loop for days, she would realize that hey you know what? Maybe I should take a different approach. Jess' character obviously had some psychological problems. Her rash decisions were illogical and stupid. The entire thing could've been avoided. Also, Jess uses that double barrel shotgun like a motherfucking pro. Where did that come from? A girl with that amazing aim? Yeah, right. She karate kicks and fights like a hero. It felt slightly choreographed and fake. But anyway I digress. At the very end we see Jess is a fuck up of a mother and beats her son. Then she has an epiphany and says "Oh my god, I'm a terrible mother. I will make things right again." So she goes and kills her other self. Then she says to her son "Let's get out of here!" and they flee: 1) Where the hell are they going? 2) Why are they leaving their safe house? 3)Did Jess completely forget WHY she re-entered the loop in the first place? To save her son? If by getting in a car and driving her son, it's inevitable the son will die again. Why doesn't she remember? It just didn't make any sense. Then after her son is dead, she goes back to the dock and goes on the sail boating trip again! How can Greg, Victor, Sally, etc. all be at the dock? She just killed them all! Are these people immortal?? Did any of it even really happen or is Jess a schizophrenic and hallucinating all of it? It was just too confusing. There are other movies that pull it off much better.

I respect what the plot was doing, but it really was just a huge unorganized mess.
February 4, 2012
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    1. Jess: I feel like I know this place...
    – Submitted by James W (22 months ago)
    1. Jess: Please, help, somebody help. There all dead, she killed them all.
    – Submitted by Kye B (2 years ago)
    1. Jess: Kill them, you have to kill them! It's the only way to get home! Kill them!
    – Submitted by James W (3 years ago)
    1. Jess: Downstairs right now is a copy of myself. Me! Walking and talking with Greg.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
    1. Jess: Oh you're just having a bad dream, that's all baby. That's all it was. Bad dreams make you think you're seeing things that you haven't. You know what I do when I have bad dream? I close my eyes and I think of something nice - like being here with you.
    – Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
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