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Triangle - Blu-ray / comedy DVD review
TRIANGLE Rated R by the Motion Picture Association of America curledupdvd.com rating: 4 stars
Featuring: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman, Henry Nixon
Director: Christopher Smith Studio: First Look Pictures
DVD release: 02 February 2010 Runtime: 99 min. (1 disc)
Format: Blu-ray
DVD features: 1080p HD, Aspect ratio 2.39:1, Audio tracks (Dolby TrueHD 5.1 - English; Dolby Digital 2.0 - English), Subtitles (English SDH, Spanish), Interview clips (w/ writer/director Christopher Smith, main cast, and two producers), First Look trailers

Melissa George in TRIANGLEHave you ever had a dream in which you run and run and run from the same dangerous or scary place, only to somehow return again and again? Few films have captured this nightmare as successfully as has TRIANGLE, a disturbing and effective thriller out of Australia.

The plot: Jess (Melissa George), a single mom, takes an invitation to sail on a yacht with a friend and a few pals, but she can't shake the feeling that something is wrong. Her fears are soon realized when, in the middle of the sea, the wind suddenly dies and a thunderstorm appears out of nowhere. The ferocious storm soon capsizes the yacht, stranding the survivors on the overturned hull. A huge ocean liner soon passes and the survivors jump on board, relieved that they are seemingly saved. However: 1) the huge ship is seemingly deserted, and 2) Jess is convinced that she has been on board before. To further complicate matters, there does appear to be another passenger on board - one who does not intend to let any of the others leave alive. To reveal more would spoil the surprises.

This film has its toes in the same trappings as such supernatural thrillers as Ghost Ship, Event Horizon and the masterpiece of these types of films, The Shining (which TRIANGLE slyly pays homage to for keen-eyed observers). This film is supernatural, but not so much a straight ghost story. Instead, there is an eerie sense that the characters are out of place and time - and can be in multiple places at once. The viewer can never be sure what is happening on the screen hasn't occurred already-or is foreshadowing what will happen. Because the basic laws of time and physics don't occur on the ship, we can never be sure what will happen next. That is what makes this little gem so disturbing and creepy.

The film never comes out and explains what is happening, nor should it. A thriller this well-made can allow the viewers to come up with their own conclusions. The film does offer a clue: one character refers to Sisyphus, a character from Greek mythology who is dammed by the gods to continually roll a large stone to the top of a hill, only to have it roll back down again.

TRIANGLE is a film that could be viewed multiple times, sometimes for the overall experience, other times to look for clues as to what is happening (and there are multiple ones). TRIANGLE is worth a look for fans of psychological thrillers that challenge the viewer to solve the mystery.

Blu-ray extras:
Not much, mainly cast and crew interviews.
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reviewed by Trent Daniel
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