I don't know if I've mentioned this here before, but one of my absolute favorite films is "Mulholland Drive". I had to watch it once for a class and me and all of my peers were blown away by it and spent the whole day of the class discussing it. Since then, I've been looking for more movies that give me the same unsettling feeling. Last week I talked about two of them, "The One I Love" and "Coherence", and this week I decided to watch a couple more and talk about them with you. The first one is "Triangle", a movie I saw mentioned a lot when reading about "Coherence".
"Triangle" follows Jess (Melissa George) and her friends as they go on a weekend yacht trip. When their yacht hits a storm, they board a mysterious ocean liner to find safety, but Jess can't shake the feeling that something is wrong with the boat. As with the two movies I reviewed last week, I think it's a good idea to go into this not knowing too much about it, as the surprises and twists make the movie interesting. I'll try to keep spoilers to a minimum to not ruin your enjoyment.
My favorite thing about movies of this genre is definitely watching it and keep making mental lists of all the things you have to research later, or things that you didn't quite get but maybe someone online did. This movie definitely has that, and I kept thinking of how fun it must be to watch it with someone in order to discuss theories and possibilities. I also love open endings because, especially with movies like this, it's good not to have a definite answer for everything that transpired. "Triangle" leaves a lot of questions in the air, and for me trying to find them is part of the fun.
While the aesthetics of this movie aren't jaw-dropping or anything, I do have to talk about the direction. Christopher Smith, who both wrote and directed the picture, did a pretty good job in conveying the nightmare-ish feel of the whole thing. The slight changes in color, the almost claustrophobic look of the ship and the subtle references to movies like "The Shining" all work together to create a very interesting atmosphere.
This movie also has something I really like, which is when a character is faced with physical proof of the several time-loops that have already happened. In "Triangle", this scene is so shocking to the viewer that you can't help but imagine how it must feel for the main character. While you don't particularly get attached to any character while watching this because character development was never a priority here, the movie manages to give the viewer a sense of what the characters are going through, something that's hard to do in this genre since it all seems so far-fetched.
If you like movies with multiple realities, time-loops and general mindfuckery, I highly recommend giving this one a try. After you're done, there's this thread on the IMDB message boards that goes through a lot of what's happened in the movie. I'm in the process of reading it, and while it's confusing, it also provides some insight on things that might not have been very clear. If you see "Triangle", let me know your thoughts!
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