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“Triangle” {Blu-ray}
Reviewer:
Wayne Klein
Studio: First Look
Genre:
Drama
Release Date:
1/29/10
Special Features:

Cast interviews, trailer, previews

Review:

An ordinary sailing trip becomes an unsettling nightmare for Jess (Melissa George), Greg (Michael Dorman) and his guests Victor (), Greg (Michael Dorman), Sally (Rachael Carpani) and Victor (Liam Hemsworth)in “Triangle” a film that echoes a classic early “Twilight Zone” episode but manages to find its own unique twisting storyline. As the ship smoothly sails off the coast of Florida the travelers find the boat adrift as the wind vanishes just before a massive tropical storm washes over them flipping the boat over. The group find refuge on an abandoned passenger ship Aeolus and quickly find they have made a terrible mistake. ***

The storyline for “Triangle” could have easily become another standard Hollywood slasher film but writer/director Christopher Smith (“Severance”) creates a film that has echoes of Rod Serling’s “The Twilight Zone”. Smith takes the simple premise of “Triangle” and creates a fascinating, mysterious supernatural thriller with strong performances from its leads. The winding narrative proves to be more complex than we are initially led to believe. Smith surprisingly doesn’t take the easy way out with his conclusion for “Triangle” weaving a tale that is quite fascinating and an unexpected delight. I should warn those of you expecting a slasher flick with “Triangle” that it is nothing of the kind; it does have some killings but it’s more a supernatural mystery where Jess the main character justifiably has a feeling of déjà vu as she and her shipmates prowl the halls of the Aeolus. ---

Image & Sound:

“Triangle” which was shot digitally looks exceptional in its Blu-ray debut. Detail is remarkably sharp throughout and while it appears that the contrast may be too high that’s the intentional look of the film creating an ethereal stylized and dream like presentation. ***

The 5.1 TrueHD soundtrack sounds marvelous and the sound design is carefully constructed to provide ambient background noise making you believe that you are the ocean liner. All of this adds up to providing an eerie sound texture to the film. --

Special Features:

This is the one area where this release falls down. We get a series of brief interviews strung together in a rather haphazard fashion. While the interviews do provide us with a bit of background on the shooting of the film, the challenges of working with a limited budget, etc. we don’t get much insight into the creation of the characters, script and what inspired Smith to make this film. ***

We also get the original trailer for “Triangle” (which was probably not marketed correctly. If it had been marketed like, say, “Paranormal”, the film would have done quite well at the box office and “Triangle” is a superior film in all ways. We also get a variety of previews for other First Look releases including “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans”. ---

Final Words:

A fascinating supernatural thriller and pleasant surprise, those who worked on “Triangle” missed the boat when it came to marketing this film; it’s a better supernatural/thriller/mystery than “Paranormal” and could easily have reached the same audience producing similar box office returns if properly handled in the United States. I don’t believe that the film would have raked in the same returns as “Paranormal” (although it’s a better film it’s story and resolution might have limited the box office returns of the film). ***

Director Christopher Smith creates enough suspenseful moments and provides us with just enough pieces of the puzzle to keep us afloat as we try and figure out the central mystery of “Triangle”. This is a marvelous thriller and worth picking up.

 

 
 
 
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