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.