Triangle (2009) - Special Edition Lenticular O-Card

Genre(s): Horror
First Look Studios || R - 98 minutes - $28.98 || February 2, 2010
Reviewer: Tyler Thomas || Posted On: 2010-01-25


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.:: F I L M ::.
The Film

S P E C I A L
.: F E A T U R E S :.

Special Features

.:: V I D E O ::.
Video

.:: A U D I O ::.
Audio

.:: O V E R A L L ::.
Overall
.::MOVIE INFORMATION::.
Director: Christopher Smith
Writer(s): Christopher Smith (written by)
Cast: Melissa George


.::DVD INFORMATION::.
Supplemental Material:
  • Featurette


Technical Information:
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Widescreen (2.35)
  • English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish

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.::THE FILM::.

I donít even know where to begin with Triangle. The movieís premise is completely different than what the flick turns out to be, which aggravated me right off the bat. You figure out shortly into the film that the killer is one of the group and then the movie turns out to be nothing of what it really should have been. Thereís also no nudity, no real violence, and nothing else that makes this a typical horror film. This was a dud right out of the gate, despite the fact it comes in a neat case.

Jess (Melissa George) arrives at a boating harbor, obviously shaken up and unaware of where sheís at. She is greeted by Greg (Michael Dorman), Victor (Liam Hemsworth), and a host of other characters whose names donít matter at all. They are getting ready to set sail into the ocean for the day to get away from their lives for a bit, especially Jess who has a son that takes up most of her free time. Things start to go awry though, as once they set sail the wind stops and suddenly a storm brews in the distance. Then magically they are caught in the Bermuda triangle where strange things happen like a boat appears out of nowhere.

The giant cruise ship picks them up, but the survivors spot someone on the ship yet canít seem to find him or her. They explore the ship and Jess realizes that somehow sheís experiencing dťjŗ vu being on the ship. Greg laughs it off as thereís no way thatís possible, and then even stranger things start to happen. Victor stumbles into the main room bloody, claiming Jess killed him, and dies on the floor but not before trying to kill her. Jess heads to the theater where she finds Greg dead, having been shot at supposedly by her, and then the other survivors are shot from the balcony. She flees with the killer chasing her, shotgun in tow, and is trying to survive. Can Jess survive and figure out who the killer is, or is she doomed to stay forever in the triangle?

Who cares? This movie is so ridiculous that I couldnít help but laugh during one (and then again later in the movie at the exact same scene) scene so uncontrollably I had to pause the movie. Jess is being chased by the killer, who has a shotgun and seemingly endless shells and a knack for reloading in seconds, when the killer runs out of ammo and just throws the gun at her. Before this, mind you, the killer jabs Jess in the back of the head with the gun. Now, I donít know where youíve been at your life, but Iím betting thatís going to knock you out cold. Nope, instead Jess gets up and acts like nothing happens. Then the killer runs out of ammo and literally hucks the gun at Jess, which causes her to fall down a few stories over the railing. Get this, sheís fine and still able to move and fight the killer a few seconds later. Yes, this movie is so ridiculous thatís really no boundary for stupidity here.

The premise of the story has been done so many times before that this is a drowned rehash of several other films, but at least those had something that kept me watching. The story was supposed to be about a killer on the boat; instead the story dives into the realm of the Bermuda triangle and the effects of time travel, or rather repeated time. Jess relives the same day over and over again until she figures out how to get off the boat. Oh, and the ending to the movie made me want to quit watching horror films altogether. I had this one figured out in maybe thirty minutes or so. Hopefully you donít take as long as I did, as though I was laughing too much from the terrible acting and horrible action sequences.

This is the ďspecial editionĒ of the movie, which comes with a neat Lenticular card thatís in 3-D and moves when you move it. I found it to be the best part of the movie.



.::SPECIAL FEATURES::.

Cast and Crew Interviews (6 minutes): The idea for the film is examined and also how the plot came to be. This wasnít that interesting so unless you have to watch this, Iíd recommend passing on the only extra.



.::AUDIO & VIDEO::.

There is literally no detail to be found here, as the colors are bland and the contrast falls flat. Despite the fact the movie is set in a gorgeous atmosphere: outside, you couldnít tell from looking at the flick. Colors are washed out and at times over blown for no reason what so ever, which caused me huge problems throughout the movie. Contrast was also a major issue, as though I noticed several sequences where the screen was literally moving due to bad grain and noise plaguing the picture. Iím not sure why Iím giving this as high of a score as I did, it could possibly be the fact that Iím still laughing at the shotgun scene.

The Dolby Digital 5.1 track is an utter disappointment as well. Sounds are dull, muffled, and sound like utterÖ well disappointment. I was appalled at how crappy the shotgun firing scenes sounded, as I literally thought that a fly had landed. Thatís just how light of a track this one is and how disappointed I truly was with it. Surround sound is also non-existent even though the film has a few lame scare films I rarely heard anything from the rear speakers. Horror films are generally made with their audio tracks, and without a good one, normally fail.



.::OVERALL::.

The only reason to bother with Triangle is to watch the shotgun scene previously described. That truly is the only fun part about the film, as the rest of this DVD gave me major headaches. There are no real special features, horrible tech specks, and just no real reason to purchase this unless you want a wasted night. Sorry guys, but this is one triangle thatís a scalene. Thatís the one where the sides donít match, right?