Writer-director Christopher Smith (who has given us straight horror with Creep and great comedy horror with Severance) returns with his most ambitious movie to date, and also one of the finest thrillers I have seen since Memento. It’s THAT good.
Melissa George stars with a bunch of other people who end up stuck on their capsized yacht until help arrives in the form of a large, empty (?) ship. Just when they should be feeling at their most relieved things start to get curioser and curioser but to say any more would be to spoil the entire experience that Triangle provides.
Because, more so than any other movie I can think of in the last 10 years or so, Triangle IS an experience and one that fans of thrillers should enjoy picking apart and making sense of. Christopher Smith has crafted an intelligent, puzzling, eerie movie that would make David Lynch proud. If Lynch ever made a movie set mostly on a ship with a few references to The Shining thrown in there, too.
Melissa George has been in a number of thrillers and horrors recently and must, surely, be a bit of a fan’s favourite by now. I know that I enjoy her on screen and think she deserves special praise for her performance in this film, a film that basically rests on her shoulders for a variety of reasons although the other cast members all do fine jobs too.
Christopher Smith has his fans already and I just hope that this movie grows in reputation and stature to capture him some more because the work done here, in every little detail, shows that he certainly deserves it.
The DVD contains some decent little “behind the scenes” pieces and a great commentary from director Smith who helps to open the movie up to further, independent readings. It’s about as good as you’d want to get without spelling everything out for you. There are also 3 storyboards, deleted scenes, ‘The Storm’ effects featurette and one or two other filler pieces.
DIRECTOR: CHRISTOPHER SMITH.
STARS: MELISSA GEORGE, JOSHUA McIVOR, JACK TAYLOR.
RUNTIME: APPROX 99 MINS.