Triangle (15)

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Review byMatthew Turner14/10/2009

Four out of Five stars
Running time: 99 mins

Hugely enjoyable, delightfully twisty thriller from British director Christopher Smith, with a clever, mind-bending script and a terrific central performance from Melissa George.

What's it all about?
Written and directed by Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance), Triangle stars Melissa George as Jess, a single mother who seems particularly frazzled when she leaves her young son (Joshua Taylor) behind in order to join her friend Greg (Michael Dorman) for a day out on his sailboat with four other friends, Sally (Rachael Carpani), Victor (Liam Hemsworth), Downey (Henry Nixon) and Heather (Emma Lung). However, things quickly go wrong when a freak storm causes their boat to capsize and Heather disappears.

Shortly afterwards, they are rescued by a mysterious ocean liner that seems to be completely deserted, though Sally believes that Heather could also be on board somewhere. However, when a masked figure appears and starts picking off her friends, Jess finds herself caught in a terrifying cycle of violence that seems oddly familiar.

The Good
Melissa George gives her best performance to date as Jess, whose character undergoes several subtle changes as the film's events unfold and she gradually works out what's going on. Indeed, the emotional complexities of her performance don't make themselves fully clear until the final reel, at which point you'll want to watch the film again.

The increasingly mind-bending script delivers several clever twists, though if you've seen Timecrimes, some of them might prove more guessable than others. In addition, Smith maintains a genuinely unsettling atmosphere by refusing to neatly tie everything together, giving the film a rough-edged quality that works surprisingly well and generates added tension by denying some of the expected resolutions.

The Great
Triangle is beautifully shot throughout, courtesy of Robert Humphrey's sun-bleached cinematography. It also delivers several superb shocks and there are some powerful images and moments that will stay with you long after you leave the cinema; it's also surprisingly moving.

Worth seeing?
In short, Triangle is Smith's best film to date, a hugely enjoyable thriller with a great script and a career-best performance from Melissa George. Highly recommended.

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