Time travel and horror traditionally never traveled together. That changed with Spain's excellent "Timecrimes," a science fiction movie that had enough elements from our beloved genre that it almost qualified as a horror movie.
2009's time travel mind bender "Triangle" veers further into horror territory. And it does it with gusto. This is a damn fine horror movie, in fact. A "Twilight Zone" episode on steroids.
It doesn't win any awards for originality, however. This suspense film clearly owes its very existence to "Timecrimes," the movies are so similar. But I would say "Triangle" is the better horror movie of the two. It's creepy, scary, violent, blood-drenched -- the most frightening Bermuda Triangle movie ever made, for sure. Is it the better of the two movies overall? Nah. "Timecrimes" is a bit better.
Hopefully, I'm not spoiling too much by mentioning the time travel aspect of it. But, enough of that has been revealed in the trailers already. It looked great in the trailers. I was suspicious that it might suck, given the lameness of "Severance." But needless to say, no self-respecting horror or sci-fi fan will be disappointed by this movie -- even going in with sky-high expectations. This is clearly the film Christopher Smith was born to make.
The film opens with single Mom Melissa George (fresh from genre roles in "The Amityville Horror" and "30 Days of Night") packing her bags and heading away from her autistic son, who doesn't play much of a part in the story. Passing by a Florida street sign that tells her the state hopes she "returns soon," she heads to a harbor where she's slated to go on a yacht cruise with some friends. George's character looks like hell -- having survived some kind of terrible calamity that we're not exactly clear about, yet. While her friends are keen on partying, she mostly mopes about, until the yacht runs into some really bad weather, overturns and the group find themselves stranded on an overturned boat at sea. All seems lost, until a mysterious cruise ship emerges from the fog.
Things are downright creepy on the abandoned ship, which apparently was last inhabited in the 1930s, even though everything on board is in pristine condition, including some fresh fruit that's been left for the unexpected guests. Adding to the creepiness, it's clear that someone is on board somewhere. When a masked killer shows up brandishing a rifle, their dire circumstances become even more obvious.
After describing all that, I'm not going to spoil the film for you. Granted, I've probably spoiled enough by mentioning the words "time travel," but that element is made clear in the trailers already.
"Triangle" is one of the most intelligent, thought provoking genre films in recent memory. It's probably the only movie that can be watched over again, immediately after you've viewed it the first time. Watching it two times in a row, it literally serves as a sequel to itself. How many movies exist that can accomplish that? Maybe "Timecrimes."
This film will always be compared to "Timecrimes" because Smith took so much inspiration from that Spanish masterpiece. But the abandoned ship setting and the presence of a flawed female protagonist makes his film different enough that it deserves to stand on its own. The element that really enables the film to succeed is George. She didn't seem all that remarkable in "Amityville" or "30 Days of Night." Here, she's amazing. She portrays a character that is both sympathetic and loathsome at the same time. She's trapped in a nightmare -- and we're trapped in there with her.
Highly recommended. Hopefully this film will see some kind of theatrical release in the U.S. It enjoyed a small one in the UK before its DVD bow there.
It seems like Timecrimes really had an influence on how people who saw Triangle interpreted this movie. Having not seen Timecrimes, I subscribe to a completely different, and I feel much more sensible explanation, the crux of which is described by Theodine in spoiler filled details here http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1187064/. Glad you liked the movie but I don't see one bit of time travel here.
Posted by PhantomClone on November 21, 2010
*SPOILER WARNING* This movie isn't about time travel. Although it's story bears some similarities to "Timecrimes", Melissa George's character is not traveling through time, she is reliving torment over and over through a kind of hellish purgatory. Not the same thing as time travel.
Still, it's a damn good, creepy movie.
Posted by Mrrightguy on January 8, 2011
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Posted by Flipside on July 17, 2011
This movie is not nearly as clever as it thinks it is. But still, it's a decent watch with some memorable imagery, and Melissa George is pretty good. I wish it was actually the time travel movie it's pretending to be.
Posted by Movie Searcher on April 17, 2012
Awesome movie. Definitely created from Timecrimes. Still an excellent movie that punches hard at the end.
Here is the note she needs to write: "Pay attention to the road otherwise you will hit a truck."
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Strange that everyone thinks it's ripped from Timecrimes or a homage to it, despite the fact that there is documented evidence (interviews and such) that show it was in production before TImecrimes was released.
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