Saturday, April 14, 2012

31. Triangle (2009)

Title:        Triangle
Year:        2009
Genre:      Psychological Thriller, Supernatural Thriller

Type:        A-Movie
Run Time: 99


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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 in the Bermuda Triangle and the group is forced to board a passing ocean liner to get to safety.The ship appears deserted, but Jess is convinced she's been on board before.They soon realize they are not alone... Someone is intent on hunting them down, one by one.

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Personal Thoughts

With a film and movie industry that's been around for just about 100 years, I can only imagine the challenges one might face when trying to come up with ideas that haven't been done before (in most cases, it will either be a ripoff or it will closely resemble someone else's work). Nonetheless, whenever I see a movie that attempts to try something different (completely original or not), I can't help but give props to the writers and directors for trying to think out of the box.  

Triangle (in my opinion) is one of those movies, that's a bit difficult to classify. Back when I saw it for the first time (I watched it not knowing what it was about), I remember wondering (about 20-30 minutes in) if this was going to be a stranded at sea/Jaws type movie, natural disaster movie, psychological thriller, breakdown/slasher, or something else, and to be honest, I'm still not completely sure. The only thing I was sure about at the end of the movie, was that I enjoyed it.

When trying to discuss Triangle, there's not much a person can really elaborate on without giving some of the movie away, and my goal certainly isn't to give anything away. No, my goal is not to hit you with a two page essay (containing spoilers) outlining every single detail of the movie ... that wouldn't be fun -- I'm basically just here to tell you that I thought it was good/clever/different/interesting, and that it may be worth checking out, if you haven't had the chance to see it yet!

What I will say is, some people tend to walk away from this movie with a lot of unanswered questions, which in my opinion, isn't necessarily a negative thing. Not every movie will spell everything out for you, not every movie will make things completely clear, and not every movie will make perfect sense when it's done ... and Triangle is one of those types of movies (though probably not to everyone). It can definitely lead to some interesting conversation after the movie. I love a movie that leaves you thinking and talking about it long after it's over ... and Triangle for me, did just that.

Though Triangle worked for me, it might not work for you, meaning, if you're planning on watching this movie expecting a true/tradition style horror flick, then you'll probably be greatly disappointed. 

Overall, I enjoyed the movie (and that's not to say that it's on par with "The Silence of the Lambs" or anything) ... but I thought it was a respectable horror thriller, most suitable for those interested in seeing something a bit more unconventional and different from your everyday, typical horror film.  

Movie Recommendation 28 - Overall Recommendation Number 31

What I liked:

- The "what's going on" factor
- The nice blend of horror sub-genres
- Some of the acting
- The X-files/Twilight Zone style storyline

What I didn't like:

- The unexplained ending
- Some of the effects
My Ratings

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