- Rob Carnevale
- 1 October 2009
Severance director returns with another horror trip
Christopher Smith’s CV so far comprises the lamentable Creep and the far better Severance. Triangle, his third film, falls somewhere between the two. A psychological thriller with supernatural elements, the film is designed to chill and keep you guessing but is ultimately sunk by a repetitive plot that struggles to grip or stand up to scrutiny.
When single mother Jess (Melissa George) is invited to join Greg (Michael Dorman) for a day aboard a yacht with friends she agrees. But following a sudden and violent storm, which causes the vessel to capsize, she’s forced to board an ocean liner she feels she has visited before … with violent consequences.
With its obvious mix of The Shining and The Twilight Zone, Triangle has plenty going for it and certainly maintains the tension during its clever build-up. But once Jess is forced to keep chasing previous incarnations of herself in a bid to saver her friends, the film hits choppy waters.
The numerous plot-holes strain credibility, performances suffer and the intrigue begins to waver until a final act reveal offers only a moderately satisfying outcome. By then, however, the film’s ability to shock has been severely dampened.
(15) 98min. General release from Fri 16 Oct.