Monday, April 18, 2011

Triangle (2009)

After their boat is overturned in a sudden storm, the passengers of the Triangle are rescued by a passing cruise ship, but what they find aboard the deserted ocean liner will be even more terrifying and deadly... Christopher Smith hits it off in his third feature film, a sharp and sophisticated psychological thriller that should be considered right alongside Brad Anderson' and Christopher Nolan's early works. TRIANGLE maintains an impending sense of dread all throughout the early events in the film even when there is no apparent threat. Smith brings back the same exploratory camera work that he had used in CREEP and SEVERANCE in a big way, giving the small film a much larger look and feel while perfectly framing the suspense in a number of tight shots. Overlaps in time and space that are caused by the Bermuda Triangle are handled in a very clever and precise way without many of the expected errors in logical along the way. The cast is also filled with talented actors that put in credible performances along the way. Although it does have a Slasher element to it, TRIANGLE should not be confused with the average SCREAM knock-off, as it has much more in common with MEMENTO or THE MACHINIST.

Rating: 9/10.

If you liked TRIANGLE, check out:
THE MACHINIST, THE FERRYMAN, DEAD END.

9 comments:

  1. I really liked this one, kept me interested and guessing until the end!

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  2. I thought it was great. I was expecting so much less when I rented it and was pleasantly surprised. I would also throw it in the same neighborhood as Timecrimes.

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  3. This was practically a blind buy for me, but I thought it was fantastic. It was like discovering SESSION 9 or THE MACHINIST for the first time, Christopher Smith is a director to watch in the coming years.

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  4. No offense, but what I've seen of this film-http://thatguywiththeglasses.com/videolinks/teamt/phelous/29024-triangle - made it looks like shit.

    The guy points out the amazingly-confusing continuity issues and questions about how some events show signs of being repeated- i.e. the notes and the dead birds- others do not.

    Incidentally, 'Session 9' and 'The Machinist' are quite good. Even if I'm being generous, this just looks sub-par.

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  5. Jesus Christ, 30m? I'll have to take your word for it on that one, I didnt find the continuity to be confused or misleading at all, and given we are talking about a film with time travel and ghost ships, I am willing to suspend disbelief for what few errors there might have been considering it is in the Bermuda Triangle. Birds didnt show signs of repeating? Triangle. Handled.

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  6. Trust me- it's worth the time. The guy is funny and very random. After all, he's Canadian. I don't always agree with him, but he usually makes good points about these things.

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  7. If I had it I totally would lol.. Its hard enough to get in 1.30 to watch a movie let alone 30 to watch a review =D I have taken mental note of his hilarity for future reference however.

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  8. Triangle is amazing. It is one of my favorite films.

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  9. Then you must have good taste, Madeline! Thanks for reading!

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