Triangle revolves around the single mother Jess (Melissa George) of an autistic child who accepts an invitation from Greg (Michael Dorman) to go sailing with a group of his friends. Jess seems to be in a bit of a daze, but she composes herself and they set sail for a relaxing day out on the seas. However they find themselves stuck in a severe storm, their yacht is overturned and they're stranded on their overturned yacht. Eventually they spot a cruise-liner named Aeolus, this name has particular significance if you know your Greek mythology. The stranded survivors board the cruise liner one by one, but they soon see that the vessel is apparently empty, that is until a masked gunman start to hunt them down.
I sat down to watch Triangle thinking it was going to be a standard horror/slasher movie in much the same vein as Ghost Ship was, but it's not like that at all. Instead Triangle is an intelligent and psychological drama similar to Memento, but it's definitely not the same. So I have to admit that I was caught a little off guard with how intriguing and perplexing Triangle was. Jess finds herself caught in casual loop, doomed to repeat the same day over and over again, and no, it's not Groundhog Day with a killer either. There's a lot of allegories to Greek mythology, Aeolus, Sisyphus and Charon, and there's lots of little visual clues scattered throughout the movie as well, the significance of the pigeons, etc.
I can imagine a lot of people feeling frustrated with the obliqueness of Triangle because it's not an easy movie to wrap your head around, and even now I'm still not sure I've got it figured out. The narrative of Triangle is deliberately vague and open to interpretation, but with a purpose, it's like one big mystery puzzle that demands a lot of thought from you. Christopher Smith (director and writer) has said that there are three different interpretations for Triangle, and all are equally valid, so there's no real 'right' interpretation of the movie. Even though I have my own take on it that works for me, you might come to a totally different conclusion that's equally right as well.
(Spoilers) I see Triangle as Jess being stuck in purgatory, mostly through her own doing and her inability to let her son go, a mother who refuses to move on without her boy. Determined to find a way out of the casual loop and save her boy, yet each day she forgets her mistakes just enough to allow her to make the same important decisions over and over again. Jess is destined to go through the same psychological torment day after day in her own inconsequential purgatory. It doesn't matter what she does, it always ends the same way, unless she's willing to let go and accept what happened to her.
If you like closure in your movies, as I often do, then you probably won't like Triangle, but if you like to be challenged with thought provoking movies then Triangle might be right up your alley. Despite the ambitious nature of Triangle, I still felt like it was a little too nebulous for me, but after reading about the various theories behind the movie, it did help bring the movie into focus for me and as such I appreciate the exacting script and the meticulous editing of it much more than I did initially. I will warn you though that if you want to watch Triangle then avoid the trailer at all costs, it gives away way too much of the plot. Watch it fresh if you can.
Written by - The Sentry - 28/12/2014