Saturday, February 28, 2015

Triangle (2009)


Starring: Melissa George, Michael Dorman, and Liam Hemsworth

Run time: 1:39:00

Quick Synopsis: The mother of an autistic child finds herself an a seemingly endless cycle on a ship.

Review:
Triangle is another time loop film, possibly one of the best constructed and detailed of its kind.  There are a few ways to interpret the film and your personal philosophies will play a large role in determining what will be your specific interpretation.  The three main interpretations that are obviously possible include the presence of some type of purgatory, a different type of supernatural element (Bermuda triangle), or a mental breakdown/disorder.  No matter what you feel the film is, the more important issue revolves around the deeper themes of the film.  One major theme is guilt and how someone is able(or unable) to move on from it.  It is quite evident that the main character does not feel she has been the quality mother that she should have been.  The goes into the second major theme of self perception and stepping outside those perceptions to see who the real person is.  This is presented through the loops, literally seeing yourself, and through mirrors shown throughout.  Whether this is the type of film you enjoy, you have to respect the research that was put into the film.  Two main inspirations were the Greek myths involving Sisyphus and the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, however, there are many other myths and stories that play minor roles in the film.  Looking at the movie from a more narrow view, the acting is solid and movie has decent pacing and flow.  Triangle is both a thoughtful and thought-provoking awful horror movie.

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.
Hidden Gem: There are several references to The Shining throughout the movie including the number 237 popping up a few times, in addition to the presence of ax, a ballroom and a mirror with blood written on it.  

Total Kill Count:
Heather- Emma Lung (20:00) Assumed Dead from Drowning Gore Rating: 1
Victor- Liam Hemsworth (35:00) Wound in Back of Head Gore Rating: 6
Greg- Michael Dorman (35:00) Shot with Shotgun Gore Rating: 5
Downey- Henry Nixon (36:00) Multiple Shotgun Wounds Gore Rating: 7
Sally- Rachael Carpani (36:00) Multiple Shotgun Wounds Gore Rating: 7
Greg- Michael Dorman (58:00) Shot with Shotgun Gore Rating: 3
Victor- Liam Hemsworth (59:00) Wound in the Back of the Head Gore Rating: 6
Downey- Henry Nixon (1:01:00) Throat Slit Gore Rating: 7
Sally- Rachael Carpani (1:06:00) Stabbed Gore Rating: 6
Greg- Michael Dorman (1:16:00) Shot with Shotgun Gore Rating: 6
Downey- Henry Nixon (1:17:00) Multiple Shotgun Wounds Gore Rating: 2
Sally- Rachael Carpani (1:17:00) Multiple Shotgun Wounds Gore Rating: 2
Jess- Melissa George (1:25:00) Hit in Head with Hammer Gore Rating: 4
Tommy- Joshua McIvor (1:30:00) Car Accident Gore Rating: 1

Rating:
             Horror Film: 7
             Entertainment: 8
             Gore: 5
             Overall: 6.75

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