girl Melissa George stars as Jess, the single mother of an autistic son.
She is devoted, comforting him from nightmares and cleaning up his
inevitable spills. A weekend sailing with friends and a love interest on
his yacht off Florida is just the treat. The general unease gets going
right away, with a foreboding invisible knock on her cicada- and
Captain Greg (Michael Dorman) wants to get closer to Jess but long-term
friends and married couple Sally (Rachael Carpani) and Downey (Henry
Nixon) have other plans: they bring Heather (Emma Lung) as part of their
yearly attempt at match-making. Greg only has eyes for Jess and Heather
has keen eyes for the 18yo boatswain, Victor (Liam Hemsworth).
group of friends and sexual tension set off into the brilliant sunshine
with the promise of “bad but cold” champagne and some light high-sea
hijinks. Out of the blue, a weird grey stormfront turns their world (and
yacht) upside-down. Rescued by the spooky Aeolus of Miami, they fumble
through darkened and abandoned labyrinthine hallways, wondering what on
earth is going on. This confusing effect is successfully transmitted to
the viewer and I must confess I had to watch it a second time round.
recommend anyone interested to sit through a second viewing. It is only
then that the obsession with detail and minutiae, so crucial to a story
such as this, can be appreciated. Christopher Smith wrote and directed
this intriguing iterative puzzle. If nothing more, Triangle
rewards the fastidious viewer through a series of interlocking fine
points, right down to irony-drenched dialogue. The actors are all quite
the let-downs for me was the obvious lack of budget, as witnessed in the
storm scene. I dislike CGI when it is clearly evident. I dislike it all
the more when it’s inserted as an attempt to dazzle us rather than aid
the plot or other facets of film storytelling. Frankly, it would be
better not to see the capsizing because it’s so clearly fake. Nothing
would have been subtracted from my experience had the filmmakers cut
from the approaching storm to the sunny calm after: this would have
worked better. I only make a fuss because the disc makes a fuss about
the special effects.
the bonus material is a Storm Featurette, which goes into the digital
marvels which remain largely unconvincing, as I said. Other features
include a Making Of, Deleted Scenes and also Storyboards. Sound is very
good and clear, especially the grand and overwhelming ocean. Perhaps it
was my set-up but on some fast-moving scenes there is a weird
interlacing video effect, perhaps two or three times throughout the
whole film. This is the most minor of distractions imaginable, however.
Australian viewers will notice how familiar everything is. Triangle
was shot off the Queensland coast and the streets, houses and even the
marina are all our own. The Australians amongst the cast manage well to
try and convince us of their Americanness. Personally speaking, the film
would have worked just as well had it been set in Australia. But I guess
the yearning for a link to the infamous Bermuda Triangle was too strong.
enjoyed myself, more so during the second viewing. There’s plenty of
gore, so be warned. Highly recommended for fans of the supernatural!