Triangle (2009)



Movie Title: Triangle

Year Released: 2009

Rated: R

Runtime: 1h 39min

Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller

Director: Christopher Smith

Writer: Christopher Smith

Starring: Melissa George, Joshua McIvor, Jack Taylor, Michael Dorman, Henry Nixon, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung, Liam Hemsworth, Bryan Probets,

Review: For a group of friends, what starts out as a fun day on the high seas quickly turns dangerous and deadly due to a freak storm. The survivors take refugee on a seemingly abandoned cruise ship that is coincidentally drifting on by, but they'll wish they hadn't. Soon they all find themselves in another frightening situation as Jess (Melissa George) tries to figure out what is truly going on. If terror was a shape it would without a doubt be a... Triangle.

Horror movies work best when they have a creepy mood and a little mystery to them. Triangle has them both in a big way! It really grabs you and makes you pay attention to the characters, the environment, and especially the situation, so you can try and figure out what the heck is going on - but not in a frustrating way! It's very reminiscent of Stanley Kubrick's The Shining if that helps to peak your interest.

During my initial watch I figured this was going to be a run-of-the-mill slasher flick with pretty people screaming and running around a creepy cruise ship trying to evade a masked murderer as he, she, or it, kills them off on-by-one - and it is, in a way, but it really isn't that at all. It truly defies conventions for a unique Twilight Zone-esqe story that I was pleasantly surprised by. The route the story takes to shock, thrill, and scare the audience will make you remember this one long after the end credits roll.

Melissa George is a wonderful actress that is well up to the task of leading this horror-thriller. She has to play such a wide range of emotions that you will be just as exhausted as she is by the end of the movie. Oh, and a pre-Hunger Games Liam Hemsworth plays one of our lost-at-sea protagonists. He's good, too!

I would go into more detail about Triangle, but this one is much more effective if you go into it cold. I can't recommend it enough. This ship-going shocker is definitely worth your time. It's worth repeat viewing! If nothing else has, this flick will certainly put you off booking a cruise anytime soon. And I though Gilligan had a fateful trip - Geez!

Stars (out of 4):
       

Fun Fact: The film is set in Miami, Florida, but was filmed entirely in Queensland. Both Florida and Queensland are known as "The Sunshine State," a nickname used on a road sign in the film.



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