Don’t you sometimes feel that been in the same moment you’ve just experienced like you’re having a deja vu? The premise of the movie Triangle plays on that particular experience. Jess, the main protagonist of the movie feels that something is off with her day and as the film progress we see why she feels that way. With each deja vu, Jess uncovers some facet to her experience. Being the last person standing, she goes find out what is really happening.
The film starts of with Jess cradling her child. Eventually it goes to the docks where Jess and her group of friends are off sailing. After going through a storm, the boat eventually subsides and the group is forced to board a ship named Aoelus. This is where the madness starts. Jess and her companions search the ship for inhabitants but were unlucky in their search, during their search Jess continually reiterated that everything seems familiar. It is important to note that aboard the ship they read a story about Sisyphus. A greek mythology character that endlessly rolls a huge boulder up a steep hill without success as a punishment due to the fact that he cheated death. Things quickly escalate and everyone is killed in the ship except Jess. She battles the unknown assailant defeating her, but upon defeating the assailant she realizes that another group of ‘themselves’ are about to board the ship. In a turn of events, Jess realizes that she in a loop and in order for her to go back to her son, she has to murder everyone.
What makes Triangle a compelling film is the constant foreshadowing of what is about to happen and also, the deep need of understanding the film. Upon the first viewing of the film, I personally did not understand what was happening but realized that Jess was in a loop because of several events that happened most notably when she killed Sally in the ship. In that area itself, several bodies of Sally are piled up which points out to what Jess have done.
By the end of the film, there were more questions than answers in my head such as, “Where did the loop start? Why was she in a loop? and does she realize she’s in a loop every time?” I think the film’s storytelling failed to convey the story of Sisyphus, because it was not clear enough for the viewers to understand. The story was a crucial part of the plot because the film was a version of Greek mythology. From the way I see it, Jess in her own way was being punished and was in fact in hell. From my point of view, the loop started at the boat. Before arriving in the docks to sail, she killed Tommy. In fact, the body bag that she was packing was the body of the boy. Obviously, Jess was guilty of killing her son and that was why this was her hell. When looking at it, the boat crash was actually the time where everyone died except for one that did not go with them in the ship.
Everything that transpired in the boat was a manifestation that Jess, feeling guilty of the thing she did, wanted to go back and change things. She was willing to do everything to get back to her son and do what is right. However, her efforts are futile because she is in a loop. The loop that was presented is a guilt trip as a punishment to her, similar to the story of Sisyphus, wherein he fails every time to change things. The taxi driver towards the end of the film told Jess that she could not save Tommy. My understanding of what the taxi driver said was that it was a dead end for her. There is really nothing she could do to save her son.
The film gives hints and details crucial to the narrative of the story very creatively. Part of the what I enjoyed from the film was that viewers were made to think. The loops created by the very first action affected all consequent moves Jess tried. What makes it even more interesting is that the hope that Jess could somehow get out of the loop, however that is not the case because as the film showed she has been in the loop for quite a couple of times. The movie presents Jess in the middle of just another loop trying to make things right.