70: Triangle (there be spoilers)

Triangle – October 24, 2009
Starring: Melissa George
Written and directed by: Christopher Smith

The plot: “The story revolves around the passengers of a yachting trip in the Atlantic Ocean who, when struck by mysterious weather conditions, jump to another ship only to experience greater havoc on the open seas.” – IMDB

My thoughts: Okay, so this movie looks like one of the many, many, low-budget, direct-to-DVD, shot a few years ago and only just now getting “promoted”, one B-list star and a dozen no-list stars horror movies. And to a degree, it kind of is. But, it didn’t get hellacious reviews on Rotten Tomatoes or IMDB, so I figured I’d give it a shot.

So, essentially what happens is that Melissa George’s character, Jess, is for some reason being time looped. She goes sailing with some friends and they hit a freak storm. Naturally, the boat is overturned and they manage to get safety on an outlandishly large ship that appears from approximately…nowhere. Weird things are happening and Jess is having deja-vu. And then suddenly everyone except for Jess is dead and she’s being hunted by someone wearing a sack on their face.

Slowly, she realizes that the person who killed her friends and tried to kill her is…her. Only it’s another her from a different loop and she’s constantly unable to kill herself because she’s…herself? So, she follows the order of things as they’re “supposed” to go and ends up being washed up on shore. And then she goes to her house and finds out that she’s currently back to where the movie/her day began – getting her son to school and leaving for sailing.

So she bludgeons her old self to death, gets her kid and they leave. On the way, she hits a bird and she pulls off to the side of the road to throw the thing over a hill and finds…dozens of the same bird all piled up. By this point, Jess and the audience realize that for some reason she’s stuck in some infinite loop of utter misery and awful outcomes. Why? I’m not sure.

It exceeded my expectations in that it wasn’t just some slasher with a crazy person (who has a history, duh) on a boat and the one survivor has to save herself so she can get back to her child. It’s some weird, supernatural thing with a myriad of options as to why it all happened. Either way, it’s depressing and…well, it just doesn’t meet its full potential.

Stars: 2/5

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2 thoughts on “70: Triangle (there be spoilers)

  1. I thought this was immense, and watched the first 1/3 again to make sure it worked as well as I thought, it did. It’s just one, big continuous loop that you could watch on permanent repeat and it would make sense (hence the piled up bodies / birds)

    There’s a Spanish film called Timecrimes that it’s pretty much based on.

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