Time: 99 Minutes
Age Rating: Violence, offensive language and horror
Melissa George as Jess
Michael Dorman as Greg
Rachael Carpani as Sally
Henry Nixon as Downey
Emma Lung as Heather
Liam Hemsworth as Victor
Director: Christopher Smith
When Jess (Melissa George) sets sail on a yacht with a group of friends, she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Her suspicions are realized when the yacht hits a storm and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety, a ship Jess is convinced she’s been on before. The ship appears deserted, the clock on board has stopped, but they are not alone… Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one. And Jess unknowingly holds the key to end the terror.
I hadn’t heard of Triangle until very recently. Because it is the month of Halloween I was looking to watch some horror movies and some people strongly recommended it to me. I didn’t know really anything about Triangle except that it had something to do with people on a yacht and a boat and that it was a horror movie. Not knowing what this movie is actually about really elevated this movie a lot, as I was surprised by the direction that the movie went in and what it was really about. Definitely worth a watch knowing as little as possible.
As I said, Triangle is a movie that’s best going into completely blind. The opening 15-20 minutes are possibly the only parts that you’re not able to be spoiled, talking about what happens for the majority of the movie would be straight up spoiling things. So in that I keep things very vague. Horror movies don’t really scare me, and having watched Triangle I’m not exactly sure if I’d call it a horror movie. It’s not quite you’d expect, it’s more of a psychological horror thriller and I can’t go into why without spoiling it. Overall I’ll just say that it really works, and knowing nothing about the movie makes it even better and more effective. There are some plot points that you can predict after some time, especially when it comes to the ending but it wasn’t too predictable for me. Triangle is 99 minutes long and that was a good length overall, it makes the most of its runtime and gets right to the point, never really giving you any chance to be bored or dragging things out. The slowest part is the first 15-20 minutes and even that it’s fine enough, it’s setting up the initial situation and establishing the main characters.
The cast was generally good in their roles, it’s limited. Michael Dorman, Rachael Carpani, Henry Nixon, Emma Lung and Liam Hemsworth don’t play very interesting characters and we don’t get to know them a lot but they served their purpose. It’s pretty clear anyway that the star of the movie is Melissa George who’s really good in her role and she sells a lot of her emotions as well as the things her character does, has to go through and learns over the course of the movie (no spoilers of course).
This is the first of Christopher Smith’s movies I’ve seen (not his only horror movie, with him also directing Black Death and Creep) but his direction of Triangle was pretty good. Sometimes you can feel the lower budget of $12 million with some of the look of the movie and some CGI effects (I think some were used) but it didn’t really bother me too much. Some of the more intense chase/fight scenes are a little too shaky, I know that was the intention for the feeling of the movie but it could be a little rough at times. As I said, this movie didn’t really scare me, and I don’t really see this as a horror movie. There are some violent and mindbending moments but in terms of physical threat scares, there weren’t too many and I am glad that they didn’t resort to using jumpscares, as it probably would’ve killed some of the best parts of the movie..
Triangle is a surprising little horror flick that isn’t as known as it should be. Don’t really go into Triangle expecting a really scary horror movie, the best way is to expect a twisty psychological horror thriller and knowing nothing else, don’t look into the movie at all as to what kind of movie it is or anything plot related because it’s best not knowing beforehand. Go into this movie blind and you’ll have the best experience.