Unending Misery

From the beginning of the movie, the mood was already set to be gloomy and suspicious with the main character, Jess, being troubled with something that I knew we would be led to find out about later on. The distraught in Jess’ face early on was one that she carried on with her as the film progressed – even whilst being in such a seemingly fancy mini vacation on a boat owned by her seemingly new friend, Greg. Something that I’m sure any normal person would love to experience after a long week of work obligations, which made her “far from the expected excited” vibe already a big sign of upcoming complications for the group. As the audience, you could tell that those watching were already wary and suspicious; probably thinking about what bad event might be going to happen in the movie any time soon.

As the movie progresses, you tend to feel the typical stress that comes with watching the characters get hurt one by one. When you think things can’t get even worse, the situation their in goes on a loop and so does your worry for the characters as you anticipate their accidents happen again and again. A lot of which has to do with the psychological fears that the horror film genre tends to bring about. In Ryan’s (2007) review, he brings about how for Rick Worland, there is an obsession with “the bad death” – which was said to be coined by Stephen King. To me, as a horror film fanatic, this is somewhat true because no matter how mind-boggling a scary movie can be, I never tire from wanting to watch another creation from this genre simply because of my intrigued search for the thrill that these bring about.

Going back to the demonstration of Jess being on a loop, with herself as the apparent killer disguised in order for her to successfully fulfill her hopes in escaping the cycle and eventually getting to see her son, there are different theories that come into mind though not explained in the movie whatsoever. The audience though learns about the loop with this one specific Jess that seems to not know about anything for sure that is about to happen – it would only be familiar to her like some kind of déjà vu. Towards the end of the movie, the demonstration of the loop extends to Jess seeing herself with her son Tommy and the reality of how badly she treats her him – hoping to then save him from herself and escaping away. The more the director of the film, Christopher Smith, gives the audience; the more you understand the context of Jess’ life and why from the beginning of the movie she is so dazed and troubled. He demonstrates the facts in a way that a little bit more is shared throughout each loop, so as not to give too much and remain anticipation within the minds of the audience. Smith eventually gives the audience and understanding of how the loop could have possibly started – with the accident that occurs in the car as Jess drives Tommy and herself. With all the seemingly unrealistic things that take place from then on, one might start to think that Jess is in a loop that never ends because she herself might already be dead and perhaps because of the way she treated her child, along with his death, this is her living “hell” on repeat. So many questions arise such as, “How long has this loop been going on?”, “Why was Jess so lost and confused during the loop that was first shown in the film?”, “How many Jess’ are on this current loop? And this next loop?”, “What supernatural occurrence is allowing this cycle to repeat?”, “What’s the connection of Jess’ loop and the supposed Bermuda Triangle – hence the name of the movie?”, and many more. It’s troubling to me how a lot of the curiosities Triangle (2009) brings about are left unanswered, but I think as an introduction film to a horror seminar course this movie excites me for the selections to come. I’ve been reminded as to why I enjoy the thrill that these kinds of films brings about. Movies like this one that bring about discussion amongst peers, along with theories and debate about why and how things were put into the equation for me will always be interesting. Though this movie isn’t exactly the scariest one I’ve seen in the context of horror films, I still found it exciting and interesting to figure out what exactly was going on with the loop Jess was appearing to be on.

Reference:

Ryan, Mark D. (2007) “The horror film: an introduction” a review.

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