From the title itself, it is already indicative of its storyline. The movie plays around the idea of déjà vu as an effect of being trapped in the infamous Bermuda Triangle. The Bermuda Triangle or the Devil’s Triangle is a “mythical section of the Atlantic Ocean roughly bounded by Miami, Bermuda and Puerto Rico where dozens of ships and airplanes have disappeared” (HISTORY, 2015).
The movie, Triangle is a British Film directed by Christopher Smith. It reminded me of a 1993 movie called Groundhog Day wherein Phil Connors, a news reporter, had to relive a day again and again until he resolved his selfishness. The resolution of the movie was being able to love and accept love. Although the movie’s genre is Comedy, I would like to think that it is closer to Triangle as it is closer to the Horror genre. According to Peter Hutchings (2002), “horror tends to be identified as means by which an audience comes to terms with certain unpleasant aspects of reality.” From an audience perspective, it is quite obvious in Triangle and Groundhog Day that the concept of reality is twisted. However, reality has its own definition in both of the films– it is the continuous loop of living the same day over and over again having the same outcome despite varying actions. Both of the films, for me, addressed a very familiar aspect of life. Both depicted the Horror genre because they portrayed a scary reality of the common everyday life. On the other hand, Triangle did not give a resolved ending, unlike Groundhog Day.
According to Mark Jancovich, horror is claimed by numerous accounts as “interesting because of its supposedly marginal, and hence subversive, status as a disreputable form of popular culture” (2002). That being said, Triangle has proven the definition in the sense that the movie is entertaining because of the frustrating happenings in Jess’s life. At the beginning of the film, there is a certain eerieness vibe that I got from Jess. T From this, I think that the anomaly is being established already.
With that, I think there is another perspective of discussion. It was revealed that Jess was not the best mother. In fact, she was abusive towards her son, Tommy. In the ship, the story of Sisyphus was mentioned. Although it was just a side story, it may be connected to the movie more than it seems. Sisyphus was condemned to push a boulder for eternity because of his trickery towards Death. He was to push the boulder up to the mountain only to have it falling back down again. This opens three probable reasons for the same closed loop that happened to Jess. First, maybe it is a punishment for being abusive to her son. She is condemned to suffer the guilt for the rest of her life and she cannot do anything about it. She gets to see her son die again and again which ultimately destroys her internally. The second theory is connected to the first one. Because she was stuck in the loop of seeing her son die, she wanted to cheat Death herself. She wanted to change the fate of her son, whom she treated as her life. The whole movie might symbolize her subconscious telling her a sea of “what ifs.” The loop symbolized her inability to move on from the outcome of her son. Deep inside, she thought of possible scenarios that could have possibly saved her son. The possibilities that her son might have been saved consumed her, hence she made herself stuck in her own loop. Lastly, there was an odd thing about the cab driver. At first, I was skeptic about his reaction because he was calm about seeing an accident. But then, I also thought that maybe he only cared about doing his job. This leads me to my theory. Since the cab driver’s job was to “deliver” Jess to her destination, maybe he was really delivering her to death. Things that are meant to be, will be. From this angle, I relate the movie “Final Destination.” This movie showed how Death can never be cheated. He always delivers. Both movies stirred a feeling in me that no matter how I live life, I will always end up in the inevitable, inescapable, and certain end that is death. Both movies had characters who tried to change the outcome. Both of the movies showed that fate has its own way of fulfilling itself no matter how much people try to hinder it.
In conclusion, Triangle depicts the internal struggle of the main character. She sees through the looking glass of twisted fiction and reality. Was her son a mirror image of her current state of life? The tension in the plot made the movie interesting in the sense that it makes the audience question, “what will she do differently?” This movie is open to numerous speculations and theories. This happened through mirrors and reflections of the main character in which her consciousness is taken to a whole new perspective. The main character portrayed someone who can shift from innocent and harmless to strong, aggressive, and violent given a particular situation.
Jancovich, M. (2002). Horror, The Film Reader. 1st ed. New York: Taylor & Francis e-Library, pp.1-19.
HISTORY. (2015). Bermuda Triangle – Facts & Summary. [online] Available at: http://www.history.com/topics/bermuda-triangle [Accessed 27 Jan. 2017].
Hutchings, P. (2002). Horror, The Film Reader. London: Taylor & Francis Group, p.118.