Archive for April 12th, 2010
Christ, my mind feels as though the brain has been dissected into multiple parts then slipped back together complete, rubik cube style. This is a very clever film and one I did not think would result so rounded and perfect in its execution. These kinds of films usually leave loose ends which make little sense. Here we have a satisfying conclusion to a film that manipulates reality to the brink of breaking.
The plot revolves around a group of friends heading out on a luxury yacht for a day of sea and sun off the coast of Miami. When the weather turns the boat is crushed and they are lucky to survive; clinging to wreckage and life jackets until an ocean liner comes to their rescue. But the cruise ship is not all that it seems as the friends find out that strange things can happen as sea, especially near the Bermuda Triangle.
So we have the intriguing plot, but these things seldom offer any kind of satisfaction. Triangle is a well produced bag of tricks. The plot is perfect, the acting is excellent with stunningly good direction. Chris Smith excels with this film, following up his less ambitious previous films, Creep and Severance (both excellent), here, seriously upping the stakes. The film is not only clever, but looks very nice (Not surprisingly, with Rob Humphreys on board as DP (Somersault)) throughout which each frame perfectly directed, especially some of the later scenes of the film which are glorious. Many scenes are reminiscenet of Kubrick’s Shinning, but I’d say this is more a tip of the hat to help create an experience of mind trick reality. Smith has certainly comfortable with this genre and here he’s at the top of his game.
The cast are of high calibre. Melissa George has come a long way since her Soap past. I’m sure working with David Lynch did her no harm, here she is stunning. Liam Helmsworth, Michael Doorman and Rachael Carpani are also superb.