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REVIEW: Triangle

Triangle ****

Jess (Melissa George) sets sail with her friends Greg (Michael Dorman), Victor (Liam Hemsworth), Downey (Henry Nixon), his wife Sally (Rachel Carpani) and her friend Heather (Emma Lung). Jess is slightly disoriented, fatigued and suspicious that there is something wrong with the scenario. Her suspicions are vindicated when they are rocked by an electrical storm and the group are stranded on the upturned yacht. They board a passing ocean liner and Jess is convinced that she’s been aboard the ship before. The ship appears to be deserted, but the group are not alone. Someone is hunting them down one by one…

Triangle is a difficult movie to write about without giving anything away. It really is a puzzle of a movie that needs to be seen without any prior knowledge to get the most out of it, that’s not to say that the movie doesn’t hold up on repeat viewings, which is a good thing as you’ll probably want to watch it again immediately to spot the clues.

This is the third movie from writer/director Christopher Smith after the impressive ‘Creep’ and ‘Severance’, it is also his best. It is a very well constructed, ambitious, frustrating, complex and fun mystery that audiences will either love or hate. Smith has improved with each outing and on this evidence deserves some backing and a chance to prove his worth with a bigger genre flick. Triangle didn’t do very well at the cinema but will hopefully find an audience on DVD, it is surely destined for the cult film circuit and although not strictly a horror film, it marks Smiths elevation as a writer and director of note within the horror genre.

Melissa George is very good in the lead role, she has been given more to do here than in 30 Days of Night or the woeful remake of The Amityville Horror; this time she has to display some real range and delivers. The rest of the cast are solid in fairly undemanding roles, particularly Michael Dorman as the sympathetic Greg and Liam Hemsworth (brother of ‘Thor’).

I really enjoyed it when I saw it last year and again when I recently rented it for my 21 year old nephew to watch, he loved it. It would be too easy and a little lazy to compare Triangle to a couple of other movies but that would give away too much. The movie is not without faults and probably wouldn’t really stand up to too much scrutiny if you were to pore over the plot twists/holes, but as with most of these movies, you can either go with it and enjoy the ride or pick it apart and complain. I did the former, I hope you will too.

Quality: 4 out of 5 stars

Any good: 4 out of 5 stars