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Rachel Carpani
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Michael Dorman.
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As in Bermuda, not the ’80s soap about a North Sea Ferry

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Florida. Jess (George), single mother of an autistic son, accepts an invitation from nice guy Greg (Dorman) to take a yacht trip. A freak storm capsizes the boat, and the survivors board a mysteriously abandoned cruise-liner where they are persecuted by a somehow-familiar mystery attacker.

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Writer-director Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance) manages to spin a Twilight Zone-ish tale into a feature by having two premises, both tied to the Bermuda Triangle — the general weirdness zone off the coast of Florida which was once the locus of everything strange but has fallen a little off the radar recently. The main thrust is tricky time-twisting, as the protagonist loops back on herself in an eternal cycle, reminiscent (even in its Möbius-strip character arc) of the little-seen Spanish Timecrimes — though probably inspired by Memento or Groundhog Day. Creepy moments have the heroine come across piles of identical lockets, wounded women or dead seagulls which prove she has been here many, many times before and will be here many, many times again, even as she is determined to break out of the time-bubble.

Bolted onto this is maritime haunted-vessel business (cf: Death Ship, Ghost Ship), as a small group of friends, plus an unwary newcomer with her own secrets, board a drifting cruise-liner which is definitely undermanned and may even be entirely deserted (the film never gets round to exploring the ship’s backstory). It’s the sort of script that must have required a lot of Post-it notes to keep track of, but Smith plays so fair Triangle could probably work on a double-bill with itself. The fill-in-the-blanks rerun of the opening reel in the last act makes you eager to look again at the initial sequence to see just where the lacunae (which contain big reveals) were slipped in. Melissa George, hitherto the more affordable Naomi Watts, is impressive in a complex role which requires her to spend quite a bit of the film not giving too much away while not registering as a total blank.

In its setting and moments of bloody violence, Triangle has something in common with Adrift and Donkey Punch — though it plays a deeper, more supernatural game than these suspense shockers. The business with the Mary Celeste-like ghost ship is familiar, but no less enjoyable — with good use of locales like a ballroom set with a huge buffet, a theatre waiting for an audience and the row of clinking rings where the lifeboats ought to be attached.


Triangle Triangle
Released: 01 March 2010
‘Making of’, Smith commentary, storyboards, SFX featurette, deleted scenes.

A satisfying mind-twister, with an unexpectedly poignant pay-off. You’ll see where it’s going quite early on, but it still keeps some shocks back for the final act.

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Highly unusual but very original and unsettling and full of twists, good little film and Melissa George is great as usual and Christopher Smith is a director to look out for!! ... More

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Posted by Big Braveheart at 23:59, 28 November 2011 | Report This Post

RE: Smart Little Mindbender

Triangle Stressed young mum (Melissa George) goes on a boat trip with some friends to get a break from it all. They encounter a seemingly abandoned cruise ship and board it. Strange things start a-happening... Starts out like pretty much any other by-the-numbers slasher pic, but give it time and it soon becomes evident that there's much more going on here than meets the eye. Giving any more of the plot away would be a spoiler, so all I'll say is that if you do give it a go, I... More

Posted by KeithM at 23:45, 02 May 2011 | Report This Post

Smart Little Mindbender

Creating a mindbender is hard work... creating an accessible and at least mildly graspable mindbender is close to impossibility. However, through a, quite frankly, wonderful script, superior performances, and outright invention, Triangle carves out a cute little niche for itself as a warped little thriller, and one of the greatest thrillers of recent times. Sense isn't in great supply in the first half, but if you're willing to stick with it, you'll be greatly rewarded, and this is guaranteed to... More

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Posted by blaud at 15:43, 08 April 2011 | Report This Post


CONTAINS SPOILERS This was an interesting, small budget Sci Fi/Horror flick. It is revealed at an early point during the story that this is primarily a time bending loop narrative, following a small group of people who board an apparently abandoned ocean liner after a storm. There is some set up at the beginning which introduces the star, Melissa George as she makes her way to meet the rest of the group. Once they board the ship they are fighting for their lives, with varied levels of succ... More

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Posted by neopol at 13:22, 02 February 2011 | Report This Post

Timecrimes, anyone??

Look, Melissa George is a fine actress and I picked this film up based on her performances in In Treatment.. This film can be summed up in four words 'Timecrimes On A Boat'. This is clearly a copy cat of Nacho Vigalondo's 2007 Spanish Time Bending Thriller! The lack of originality demotes this film from 4 star to 3 star. If it was a new and fresh idea, I would have been more captivated. However, I just felt like I was watching someone in the same mask running around trying to confuse me... More

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Posted by ashkam at 11:22, 27 September 2010 | Report This Post

Strange, Confusing, Awesome!

This was one of the most confusing films I have seen in a long time. From the get go I was hooked, wondering what was going to unfold. As the tale began to unwind tension kept building and then the end came I thought, was that it? I didn't much like the ending but I am one of those people that like a definate ending not a "WTF" one. All in all it was a decent movie with a confusing plot. Well done to all those involved! ... More

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Posted by zakmccormack at 19:05, 05 April 2010 | Report This Post

Weird, bit annoying, creepy, cool.

I don't quite know where to start with this movie... erm.... doesn't really leave you with anything you can take away from it but the ride is fun. Just don't try and think about it too much as there isn't really anything to it. This will make some sense once you've watched it. ... More

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Posted by tysmuse at 00:15, 26 March 2010 | Report This Post


I enjoyed this film, to my surprise, it was very original and well done. he actors were believable for a Sci- fi/horror film. The start was a little slow, but picked up quickly and didn't cheat the audience on the details. This original film kept me guessing( mostly i guessed wrong) and left me very satisfied in the end. it wrapped up everything nicely, a credit to the director and the editors. ... More

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Posted by screenwriter74 at 00:12, 26 March 2010 | Report This Post

This film is pointless, do not waste 90mins of your life watching it

The phrase "complete waste of time" springs to mind after watching this film. SPOILERS NOW FOLLOW. The film starts promisingly enough with the characters clinging onto their upturned yacht following a sudden storm. The film then descends into a predictable sequence of events following the main female lead as she becomes progressively more unhinged as events keep repeating themselves. For some reason that is never really clear she decides that she must kill all her companions to break the t... More

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Posted by Francis46 at 22:06, 14 March 2010 | Report This Post

A Unsettling Mystery.

I saw Creep, that was one very unsettling and terrifying journey down the underground of London. I only saw bits of Severence and didn't think much of it. So with Triangle, it was yet again unsettling with added mystery. It does make you look and look again, the shocks came quite quickly and carried on throughout the film. It didn't make me jump or scream in terror but it made me uncomfortable and frightened of what could happen next. I know now never to go on a empty eeire ship, a lesson learne... More

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Posted by joanna likes films at 10:00, 06 March 2010 | Report This Post


Excellent mystery ... More

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Posted by Caster at 15:00, 03 March 2010 | Report This Post


Excellent mystery ... More

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Posted by Caster at 15:00, 03 March 2010 | Report This Post

Zero out of 10 for this annoying predictable film!

I've never felt the need to write a review before but this movie has me creating an account simply so I can tell you to avoid it! I normally agree with Empire, but this is so wrong! This movie is frustrating and tedious. George is a gormless wreck throughout the entire film. It is incredibly frustrating to watch her do things no one would ever do given the circumstances. But I held on expecting these 'shocks in the final act'. No such thing. Yes, we all knew she was going to ring the doorbell. ... More

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Posted by hols at 21:42, 08 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Triangle

I went to see ehim on last night,hoping it might be as good as ceCreepirected and written by Christopher Smith.Now this is very much a take on rswithr morwe weird,and to say to much could spoil the fun.It's also very welll acted and directed,with Mellissa George as the lead in a small cast of young people on a yachting break off the coast of Florida who encounter a mysterious ship with no passengers after their yacht is upturned.What follows is a well written mystery that unfolds at a perfect p... More

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Posted by evil bill at 20:30, 05 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Triangle

I've not seen this "Triangle", but to date my favourite is the Sci-Fi channel 3 part mini-series "The Triangle" with Sam Neil about a team sent to investigate shipping going missing in the Bermuda Triangle brilliant fun and a great watch! ... More

Posted by hampstead bandit at 21:29, 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Triangle

Not perfect, but a gripping paradox horror none-the-less. I came out of the cinema scratching my head, but it wasn't the kind of scratching-my-head that i experienced after Burton's 'Planet of the Apes'. This is a great thrill ride with intelligence, and i recommend it 8/10 ... More

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Posted by robwillphill at 19:29, 04 November 2009 | Report This Post

A unique and twisted little minder of a movie that's fully rewatchable for missed clues and a fantastic lead(Melissa George.) It's not perfect, but I'd much rather watch this than some boring Halloween or Final Destination retread. ... More

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Posted by CIRVIRUS64 at 02:28, 29 October 2009 | Report This Post

4 stars?

this movie makes absolutely no sense (SPOILER) if she got back on the ship why does she keep saying throughout the whole movie she feels like shes been there if she knows she has, and where did she get that apple from ... More

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Posted by fightclubber954 at 23:42, 27 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Triangle

Went into this with low hopes.  Creep was rubbish and severence was even worse (Danny Dyer should be banned from TV and film.) But I came out of triangle scratching my head in a good way.  Really good, really well made. The director has stepped up a gear.  The ship was like a floating overlook hotel from the shinning.   ... More

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Posted by Death_Row_Marv at 13:37, 26 October 2009 | Report This Post

In The Loop

Loved it. You can't EVER go wrong with a horror movie set on a big empty old ship. Technically brilliant with some outstanding/unsettling scenes or set pieces. Kudos to Melissa George for going almost the full Shalto Copley here. She has an X factor - babeticious, but can do bad/scary damn good. Looking forward to seeing her talents displayed in Star Dogs (hehe). The movie would have been 5-star worthy if an extra layer of sheer terror was added. Also, the loop does drag out towards the end...... More

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Posted by SpiderBat at 17:05, 24 October 2009 | Report This Post


very confusing i thought and made me go away saying "eh?" insted of best film ever. However I thought I would check empire to see if it would give away some of what was going on and thanks to 'ScruffyBobby' it makes a lot more sense! So it wasn't bad even though towards the end it was getting a bit tiring! See if you like very unexplained endings! ... More

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Posted by Empo at 17:59, 23 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Good, but the physicist sees flaws......

SPOILERS L: jmebaby25 With regards to the car crash ending - my understanding was this... (******SPOILERS*********) Jess was driving the car with her son (she was wearing the dress) and crashed. The crash killed her and left her son dying in the road. The taxi then appears and the driver is Death. She makes a deal with him in an attempt to save her life and her son's. That's why she's looking down on the bodies with no sign of injury on her. You'll also notice that the... More

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Posted by Scruffybobby at 19:05, 22 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Melissa George v Naomi Watts v Ape

L: bonchez1904 Can't say I rate Watts personally, and besides, by Empire's own admission Melissa George has a bit of acting to do here which clearly she does with aplomb, which Watt's may have struggled with. (Even the ape had more subtlety in parts) sp; So I take it you haven't seen Mulholland Drive or 21 Grams then? p; Fairly good psychological headtrip this. Has a few too many twisters it can handle, doesn't quite provide the scares to be truly horrifying, nightmarish or disturbin... More

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Posted by Qwerty Norris at 21:16, 21 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Good, but the physicist sees flaws......

After the highly enjoyable Creep and Severance,the very talented writer/director Christopher Smith goes for something a bit deeper and wierder than slightly tongue-in-cheek schlock horror. In doing so,he trips up a little and gets lost in the elements of his story. The first third is simply brilliant,the tension really builds and it looks like as if it's going to be very scary indeed. Than suddenly everything changes and the main character becomes lost in a time loop. Other intriguing elem... More

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Posted by Dr Lenera at 21:23, 20 October 2009 | Report This Post

RE: Good, but the physicist sees flaws......

With regards to the car crash ending - my understanding was this... (******SPOILERS*********) Jess was driving the car with her son (she was wearing the dress) and crashed. The crash killed her and left her son dying in the road. The taxi then appears and the driver is Death. She makes a deal with him in an attempt to save her life and her son's. That's why she's looking down on the bodies with no sign of injury on her. You'll also notice that the picture turned to almost black a... More

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Posted by jmebaby25 at 14:32, 20 October 2009 | Report This Post

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