Triangle

2009

Triangle

Critics Consensus

Triangle sails into some strange waters, but this intelligent, well-acted horror outing anchors its idiosyncrasies in a satisfyingly scary story.

80%

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Total Count: 40

66%

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User Ratings: 25,362
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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.

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  • Dec 27, 2018
    I'm gonna start this review off with something of a nitpick and, quite frankly, it has no real relevance to what I thought about this movie. This movie was shot in Queensland, Australia. The film has Australian actors (and a New Zealander) and yet, for some inconceivable reason, this film is set in Florida. Why??? What is the point??? I've seen enough Australian movies to have a basic understanding that their houses do not look like the houses in Florida. I realize this is a minor thing as the majority of the movie is not spent on land, but at sea. First on a yacht and then on an ocean liner after the yacht capsizes after a storm. I just find it strange that this is meant to be a movie that takes place in America even though the look and feel of the housing in Australia is completely different to that of the U.S, especially Florida. I suppose they thought they could get away with it, since there are SOME similarities between the two. I just don't get what the point of it was, since this was a film that was only, really, ever gonna appeal to a more niche audience that's more passionate about horror than most people. Neither here nor there, I suppose. It just kind of annoyed me a bit. Regardless, let's get on with this review, shall we? In a lot of ways, while the movie I'm about to compare it to came out years later, this reminds me very much of Coherence. And, now that I think about it, I don't really know why. Coherence deals with a dinner party meeting alternate versions of themselves and not knowing which reality was THEIR reality. Whereas this one just seems to be an endless loop of the same event happening over and over again, with the same group of five people (six in total, but one of them died during the storm) ending up on the same ocean liner. The thing about this, though, that it's never a clean slate, all the bodies actually keep piling up on the ship. There's one scene where Sally, I believe, is crawling away from the "good" version of Jess after the bad version stabbed her (or shot her, I forget) and she makes her way to an area on the ocean liner where there over 20+ corpses. That's not the weird thing, of course, the weird thing is that all of these corpses are also Sally. I don't have a real number on how many Sally corpses there were, but 20+ is a conservative guesstimate. So who knows HOW many times these people have actually died and how much time they've actually spent in reliving their deaths (without knowing they are, of course) over and over and over again. Conceptually speaking, I love this movie, I really do. It's not like it's something truly revolutionary, since this feels like, like Coherence felt, like a full-length version of a Twilight Zone episode. Now, of course, Twilight Zone doesn't own weird shit, but that's a name that people know and love. So it stands to reason that, for someone who's going into this blind, you compare it to something they know and relate to. One of the things I like about this movie is how it doesn't always play out exactly the same. Everyone, for the most part, does end up dead, but the ways they die could be different or there could be minor variations in how some characters do things. So you're not watching the same thing over and over again. Well, in some ways you are, but as the film progresses, you understand more of the context behind certain scenes that played earlier in the film, so it's like you're piecing together this mystery with the pieces they give you and, honestly, it's a lot of fun. Piecing the movie together I mean, because your perception of what you're seeing constantly changes. The Jess we spend all our time with is, obviously, attempting to figure out a way to get out of this loop, make her way back to her autistic son. Nobody else but her believes that they're even in a time loop and there's multiple versions of them all converging on this ocean liner the moment the last one IN the ship dies, so they're all just going about their business while they're all being killed off by some version of Jess. I like Jess' arc as a character. She's clearly an unhappy mother due to the stress of raising a son with severe autism. It's difficult for anyone, of course, and I imagine it's more stressful for her being a single mom. But, for the most part, the movie never shows her to be a bad mother, she's just someone who's carrying a lot of weight on her shoulders. Of course, after one version of Jess manages to wash ashore after she falls off the ship, she finds her way home and she sees that she used to be a verbally and physically abusive mother. Jess kills herself before shortly coming to the realization that she's still stuck in the time loop even after washing ashore. This, of course, answers a lot of questions, in that why would she yachting with her 'friends' when she knows the fate she's walking into. Her son dies in a car accident and she feels that to break the loop is to go the harbor, go yachting, go through ALL of that again and come back so, MAYBE, she can break the loop and save her son's life. The thing about a movie like this is that it is very tricky to pull off well, because you need to avoid becoming too convoluted for your own good. And a concept like this could lead to that. But, surprisingly enough, I do think the movie manages to present its concept in the most accessible manner that is humanly possible while still retaining its intelligence. It's a movie that is easy to follow and understand, never did I feel that the movie came close to losing me. And, realistically speaking, that's probably this film's crowning achievement. The fact that they manage to make a really intriguing, but potentially confusing, concept into one that you can watch and understand without even getting deeper into the narrative, which you can also do here. In many ways, as much as I did enjoy Coherence, I find that that movie is more of an acquired taste, since I feel a lot of people will be put off by its themes. I loved the movie and I clearly appreciated what it was trying to do, but it's not a movie that's gonna appeal to everybody. And that's not even a bad thing, not everything needs to be Infinity Wars in terms of casual appeal. With all of that said, I thought this was a damn good movie and, to be honest, an underappreciated gem. I hadn't heard of this movie until last night, or at I didn't remember if I had heard of it, and I'm really glad to have come across this movie. It's not mind-blowing or anything of the sort, but it's got a compelling concept, a strong cast (Melissa George is excellent), smart and accessible scripting and an excellent final act. If you ask me, I can't really complain too much.
    Jesse O Super Reviewer
  • Oct 30, 2017
    Twilight Zone meets Groundhog Day as the members of a stranded vessel are saved by a passing ocean liner only to have their situation go unexplainably to hell soon afterwards. It's true that, like a ex-partner, the work doesn't always make sense (and that's one in-your-face let down), but the overall effect is tense enough nonetheless to keep one engaged until the questionable conclusion.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Jul 28, 2013
    Ambitious and psychologically challenging if you are not familiar with time travel. Triangle explores the themes of time travel and the consequences it brings. Moral of the story: Learn from your mistakes.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Dec 23, 2012
    No summary can really do Triangle justice, as it has a very unique plot and is in no way a cheap slasher like the poster might suggest. The movie is actually incredibly intelligent, and is in many ways more like science fiction than it is horror, although there is a great deal of blood and gore. The first 30 minutes make it seem like typical low-budget horror, but then the plot kicks in and it starts to really get exciting. Jess, the protagonist, comes off as frustratingly distant at first, but there is a good reason for this that is explained at the end, and her distant side becomes less prevalent over time. The movie is head-scratching complex, and it doesn't make perfect sense if you think about it for too long, but it's perfectly understandable as long as you're paying close enough attention and not worrying about the mechanics of the gimmick too much. I realize how vague all of this sounds, but the movie has an unusual premise that is very interesting, but to go into too much detail about it would spoil much of the fun. The important thing is that Triangle is not at all as shallow as the posters or summaries make it appear; it's intelligent, complex science fiction that will undoubtedly confuse many viewers, but will leave others in awe. If you are okay with complicated science fiction ideas, this is definitely worth a watch.
    Joey S Super Reviewer

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