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REVIEW “Triangle” (2009, movie)

    triangle5    Director/Writer:  Christopher Smith

“Bad dreams make you think you’re seeing things that you haven’t. You know what I do when I have a bad dream? I close my eyes and I think of something nice – like being here with you.”

Jess, a single mother, joins a small group of friends for a sail on their yacht, although she seems in a very strange frame of mind. While on the boat she cannot shake the feeling that there is something wrong. Out of the blue a violent storm hits the yacht overturning it, and the group wind up on an abandoned ocean liner. The ship appears deserted, but sooner they learn that there is someone hunting them down.

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This an intriguing film, following the style of braintwisting movies like “Memento” or “The Prestige”. The movie begins simply enough but descends rapidly into a clever time paradoxal nightmare. The entire movie has an almost dream-like atmosphere to it, a nightmare going around in circles and getting more strange and complex. The viewer will spent most of the movie trying to work out what was going on, piecing together all the puzzling elements.
Melissa George does an outstanding job, she’s a compelling lead and gives a stellar performance that grab and keep hold of you throughout the movie. This is by far Christopher Smith’s best direction, the script is brilliantly written and engaging, and the performances are solid.

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“Triangle” is better than expected, the kind of movie that keeps you on the edge of your seat from beginning to end and one of those cases that the less you know the better the experience. This is a terrific little movie not to be missed and a step up from Smith’s shock horror debut Creep.

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