Triangle

Wherein the poster gives away the gist of the twist

Director: Christopher Smith (2009)
Starring: Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Henry Nixon
Find it online: IMDB, Amazon

Best described as like series 5 of LOST, only set on a boat. Triangle sees Melissa George and a handful of friends trapped on a deserted ship after their own little raft goes all Perfect Storm. Throw in a masked shotgun-wielding loon and some not-really-confusing timetravel shennanigans and you have Triangle in a nutshell. It's an engaging, twisty little thriller that only manages to be about half as clever as it thinks it is. It's also, apparently, directed by Christopher Smith of Severance and Creep fame, which came as a bit of a surprise. It's his most ambitious project to date and his most mature too. It's certainly better than Black Death, which in retrospect feels like a bit of a step backwards. Plus this movie stars Melissa George and I heart Melissa George.

Melissa George: good even in Home & Away (probably) and that John Milton adaptation

You're supposed to be asking questions about paradoxes and making with your best WTF face, but I was more distracted by Melissa George and her silly shoes. She runs around the boat as if she's just drunk a whole crate of Red Bull. Her hyperactive performance here puts the 'thrill' in thriller, and yet she does so whilst wearing an implausibly high pair of wedges. Her stupid shoes are even made a plot point later in the film.

But enough about Melissa George and her daft shoes. There are other people and footwear in this film. Everyone puts on a fine show, and Smith's direction is incredibly slick. It's no gorefest, but there are some good kill sequences and very inventive nightmarish style imagery at work. One particular scene - in which a dying character crawls onto a deck filled with dead copies of herself - is guaranteed to give you chills every time. There are plot holes and bits that don't make sense, and Melissa George learns how to use a gun far too fast, but Triangle is a snappy, effective little mindbender. It's best described as like series 5 of LOST, only set on a boat.

Triangle sees Melissa George and a handful of friends trapped on a deserted ship after their own little raft goes all Perfect Storm. Throw in a masked shotgun-wielding loon and some not-really-confusing timetravel shennanigans and you have Triangle in a nutshell. It's an engaging, twisty little thriller that only manages to be about half as clever as it thinks it is. It's also, apparently, directed by Christopher Smith of Severance and Creep fame, which came as a bit of a surprise. It's his most ambitious project to date and his most mature too. It's certainly better than Black Death, which in retrospect feels like a bit of a step backwards. Plus this movie stars Melissa George and I heart Melissa George.

Melissa George: good even in Home & Away (probably) and that John Milton adaptation

You're supposed to be asking questions about paradoxes and making with your best WTF face, but I was more distracted by Melissa George and her silly shoes. She runs around the boat as if she's just drunk a whole crate of Red Bull. Her hyperactive performance here puts the 'thrill' in thriller, and yet she does so whilst wearing an implausibly high pair of wedges. Her stupid shoes are even made a plot point later in the film.

But enough about Melissa George and her daft shoes. There are other people and footwear in this film. Everyone puts on a fine show, and Smith's direction is incredibly slick. It's no gorefest, but there are some good kill sequences and very inventive nightmarish style imagery at work. One particular scene - in which a dying character crawls onto a deck filled with dead copies of herself - is guaranteed to give you chills every time. There are plot holes and bits that don't make sense, and Melissa George learns how to use a gun far too fast, but Triangle is a snappy, effective little mindbender.

It's best described as like series 5 of LOST, only set on a boat. Sorry, that was fucking terrible. And will probably only ever make sense to those who have actually seen the movie already.

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