Rating: 4 stars out of 5
The Stars: Melissa George, Liam Hemsworth, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung, Michael Dorman
The Story: Jess is a tired, stressed-out single mother to an autistic child. Needing a break, she joins friends for a day of sailing off the coast of Florida. A freak electrical storm capsizes their yacht, forcing survivors to board a passing ocean liner for safety. Once onboard they discover the cruise ship to be mysteriously deserted. As Jess feels an uneasy sense of foreboding at every turn, the group finds themselves stalked by a masked attacker. Soon Jess comes to the strange realization that in order to save them all, she has to murder them all first.
The Buzz: Written and directed by British indie-horror filmmaker Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance), the whole film was reportedly funded by The UK Film Council which allocated just under £1.5 million from the National Lottery towards the project. The film debuted at the London FrightFest Film Festival in 2009 and became a critical darling.
inSing says: Though first coming across as a Marie Céleste type maritime mystery, Triangle soon veers into wildly unexpected directions leaving its audience in constant awe at its left-field narrative leaps. We find out very quickly that Jess’ déjà vu as she travels down the liner’s eerie Escherian corridors is caused by a time loop. You struggle to make sense of the chronology at first but like Memento, one can eventually fill in the blanks once you grasp the pattern.
You see instances where Jess encounters evidence of the futility of her escape plans - such as piles of her own lockets and multiple corpses of the same person. She knows that as time keeps resetting, multiple versions of herself have already tried this route and failed. The ship itself is aptly called Aeolus, presumably in reference to the myth of Sisyphus, a king punished by the Greek gods to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down for eternity.
Sci-fi savvy audiences are pretty familiar by now with temporal cycles (Groundhog Day, Timecrimes) but even they will come to be surprised by the unique spins Triangle takes on traditional temporal loop dynamics. The plot isn’t exactly a Möbius strip because the tune changes whenever the broken record skips and the twists are fabulously innovative.
Grounded by an excellent performance by Melissa George as Jess, Triangle isn’t the scariest horror movie you will ever see but it is one of the smartest. It’s seemingly self-perpetuating story unsettles with every new development leading up to its heart-wrenching conclusion.
Hidzir Junaini, aka inSing.com's Movie Lover, is 24-years-old and a wealthy playboy billionaire by day and a caped crusader by night. Only one of those is true. He’s actually a freelance writer, blogger, full-time film buff and some-time socially awkward nerd. He also writes about music, restaurants and nightlife for Metrowize Asia. Hidzir is the winner of the inaugural inSing Movie Lover contest that garnered over 1,000 participants. The Movie Lover contest is a search for a candidate who possesses outstanding passion for movies and a talent for writing engaging movie reviews.