By Brett Mullins
Written and Directed by Christopher Smith
Triangle is a complex psychological thriller that raises questions of continuity and challenges the audience to follow its plot.
Jess (Melissa George) embarks on a seafaring adventure for the day with five friends. Their day appears to be peaceful, overall, with some moments of confusion and tension intertwined. Suddenly, a storm gathers with the blink of an eye sending the small boat crashing into the ocean. The storm passes leaving the remaining passengers adrift in the seemingly boundless ocean sitting on the overturned craft. In the manner of the storm, a cruise ship appears and is quickly flagged down. Once on board, they find the ship abandoned, except for a shotgun wielding mad man aiming to pick them off one by one.
The plot of this film is rather difficult to follow at times and is truly a test of the audience's attentiveness. This is not a fault of sloppy writing; rather, it is a testament to the complexity of the film’s material. Unfortunately, attempting to elaborate further on the complexity would be a bit of a spoiler, so I’m not going to venture down that road.
At times, the audience will question whether the events are occurring in reality or just in Jess’ imagination. While this is subject to interpretation, Melissa George’s portrayal of a potential crazed person is genuine and quite convincing. The film’s performances, in general, are fairly well done, though no other actors stand out as exceptional.
This film could be best described as mind bending and is reminiscent of the Saw franchise in that regard: once you believe you have the plot on figured out, something occurs that changes everything. Triangle is certainly innovative in certain aspects and tries its best to stay on its feet; however, it can’t fully rid the feeling of repetition as the film progresses. This is not to say that the film is boring, but it has the potential to be much more entertaining.