14 December 2011

Movies: Triangle

Triangle (2009) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1187064/

Mystery Thriller (with dash of horror)
A UK/Australian production.

Six folks go sailing off the coast of Florida together.

No, this isn't the start of a reboot of "Gilligan's Island", although with the remake-mania sweeping Hollywood right now I bet there have been more than a few scripts shopped about to do just that. But back to this movie...

Six folks go sailing off the coast of Florida together. We have the boat owner, the deckhand that lives on the boat, the boat owner's best friend, best friend's wife, best-friend's-wife's-coworker brought along as a potential blind-date-love-interest for the boat owner, and, finally, the waitress from a place the boat owner eats. You quickly get the impression boat owner is sweet on the waitress, is annoyed by best-friends-wife bringing along her cowoker, but nevermind, the coworker is more interested in the young buff deckhand anyhow.

I realize at this point you're probably thinking, "yeah, this isn't starting so good". That's rather how I felt at first too. But then the movie got right into where the movie was planning to go anyhow. Which is great. Great for me, potentially great for you if you end up watching the film. By the way, the boat is named "Triangle." But they also happen to be sailing into the Bermuda Triangle. So, take what you want from that. The movie title could mean either, or both.

While they are sailing along the wind suddenly dies. A freak storm blows in, capsizes the boat. Most of the boat people make it back to the now upside-down sailboat hull to await whatever happens next. A giant ocean liner comes along, though it looks a little bit old, like 1930s old. I don't know if it's really 1930s, that's just the decade that comes to mind for some reason. They all climb aboard.  The boat is seemingly empty of other passengers and crew.  The survivors begin making their way around to try to find someone, anyone, or a radio to call for help.

Now, I can't say what mysterious thrilling things happen, because it is damn near impossible to try to summarize the story without giving up what's going on. That's why I wouldn't recommend reading too much at IMDB or Wikipedia ahead of time, you'll spoil it before you see it. And, as with most stories, it isn't the destination, it's the journey. And even though though you realize early on what is happening and might guess where the movie will go, will you be correct? That's the rub.

I can say that this film reminded me in some ways of "Memento". If you haven't seen "Memento", you should. Regardless of whether or not you watch "Triangle." It is that good, I'll always recommend seeing that. But the "Triangle" story doesn't resemble "Memento" in any way, it's more of the 'feel' of the films. In some ways it also sort of reminded me of "The Machinist", although "The Machinist" is a bit ... "more" ... I guess. Again the story of "The Machinist" in no way resembles this film.  It is a 'feel' thing.
But if you haven't seen "Memento" or "The Machinist" you have no clue what I'm talking about, especially because I won't give much storyline or plot or anything to you. And, as I said, I can't do that, because it would spoil way too much.

I will say that, as Bermuda Triangle associated films go, this is probably the best to come out in a very long time. Especially because it's primarily a backdrop to the film, not the main focus or plot driving mechanism. Honestly the film could have been set anywhere.  But I find it interesting that a UK/Australian production does a 'Bermuda Triangle' associated film better than most any American production has.

It's a decent enough mystery thriller, it gives you plenty of clues as to what is happening, and even when you know what is happening and think you know what's going to happen next, you really don't know what's going to happen next. Or where it will end. Or if it will end. If you do watch it, pay attention. Almost everything you see or hear has meaning again in the film. Even seemingly disconnected events. Much like Checkov's gun, only on a grand scale.
Don't expect 'horror' on the scale that most 'horror' films strive to achieve. It's way more subtle. I suppose that goes for the 'mystery' and 'thriller' aspects too, to some varying degree. But it doesn't have to be big for the mystery/thriller/horror to be effective in a story. Sometimes less is more. Especially when done well.

Slick story, great production, good cast.
You really can't go wrong watching this one if you're in the market for a good fantasy mystery/thriller.

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