WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. READ AT YOUR OWN RISK.
I have always loved roller coaster rides. The speed that always gives the rider adrenaline rush, the drops, the unexpected twists and turns, and, of course, the loops that turn the world upside down. I have always thought the more loops a roller coaster has, the more thrill it gives. The same goes for the movie “Triangle” directed by Christopher Smith. Every action she makes differently just leads to more loops and these “twists” make it more interesting for the audience.
The rollercoaster’s drop always starts the ride (after the slow start). Jess, the main character, starts her ride seemingly at the harbor. As the ride goes on, we see that it follows John Clute’s movements in a plot: sighting, thickening, revel, and aftermath.
Sighting: The drop starts when Jess and friends get caught up in a storm that completely and weirdly appeared out of nowhere. At the end of the drop is the convex wherein the group survives the storm, except for poor innocent Heather. After this, the unexpected twists and turns start the longest thickening of the movie.
The Unexpected Twists and Turns
Thickening: It all started when the group boarded an eerie ship, Aeolus, that also came out of nowhere just like the storm (maybe they’re in the Bermuda Triangle?) Jess mentions that she’s having a feeling of déjà vu, but, of course, the group dismisses it as it is impossible because the ship is from World War 1 and they were together the whole time. They decide to look for the captain or someone to get them off the ship and into civilization, but weird things keep happening. From finding Jess’ house keys on the floor, no captain or sailor found, or the fact that Jess is the only who always sees the weird person that’s stalking them, and ultimately, getting killed one by one except for Jess. After everyone dies, Jess confronts this mysterious killer who tells her to “Kill them all” (PLOT TWIST!!!) then jumps off the ship. Jess then sees a group of people by the ocean waving their hands to catch her attention. It appears to be her friends and…. herself… PLOT TWIST! So, after this scene there are still more twists and turns that will make you gasp and think ‘Why did I not see this coming? It’s totally right under my nose!’ especially near the ending. As she goes on, everything just seems to be interlooping; it goes as far as there being not just two (2), but three (3) Jess’!
The Loop de Loop
Revel: From everything, the audience must already know that the characters are stuck in a time loop or maybe even loops. Imagine yourself riding a roller coaster then for some reason the controls gone haywire and you’re stuck riding the same ride, experiencing everything over and over again. Sucks, huh? Lucky for you, roller coasters come with a maintenance or a technician to help you out, but for Jess, she’s not so lucky. Near the end of the movie, she (and the audience) realizes that there is no escape to this loop. It will just keep on going…. forever.
Aftermath: After all that she went through, she must have gone crazy (I know I would have!) but that doesn’t seem to be the case. After the car accident with her being alive and her son dead, she becomes out of sorts then this cab driver appears out of nowhere (this happens a lot in this movie) to give her a ride to the harbor. It appears the cab driver knows something’s up but won’t explain. So, Jess arrives at the harbor, still out of sorts, and goes on to continue the loop.
The End of the Ride
The ride ends, (for us anyway) and the experience leaves us with a confused brain and adrenaline rush which leaves us talking about the ride.
The movie gives us hints throughout the movie to piece everything together. It is highly possible that Jess is dead. Since the group went out to sea, there’s a possibility that they’ve gone to the Bermuda Triangle (maybe that’s why the movie is called ‘Triangle’) which is also dubbed “The Devil’s Triangle” by people around the globe due to mysterious disappearances. This could also explain the ship’s and cab driver’s appearances, and the loops. Aeolus (Greek god of the wind who, possibly, stranded the characters with the storm) is a ghost ship in the Bermuda Triangle with unexplained things happening which results into time loops. The cab driver is Charon, who takes the souls to hell, in Jess’ case the Aeolus. Her hell is to relive everything over and over again to remind her of her son, one that she lost her patience with and abused because of his autism.
Overall, I think that it is a pretty clever movie with many twists and turns to keep its audience on their toes. If I were to classify it in the category of horror, I would say it is in David G. Hartwell’s “The Fantastic/Nature-of-Reality”horror stream as it fits very well with its definition. Everything doesn’t make sense and that’s what’s scary.
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