Released 10/16/09 Rated: R
This movie may have just earned a spot on my favorites list. It didn’t even hit theaters in the US, which might have been a good thing, because I feel it would only then gain negative reviews from people who didn’t get it. And I’ll admit, we read up on the movie as soon as we were finished watching it. What we found was like *face palm* “Duh!” You do have to pay close attention, and probably watch it again, but this movie is so much deeper than its face-value story, and we LOVE films like that.
Triangle is about this group of people (I wouldn’t call them all friends) who go sailing, when a freak storm occurs, capsizing their boat. The majority of the group make it out of the storm to be picked up by an ocean liner no one appears to be inhabiting, until they start getting picked off.
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So it turns out there was only one survivor of the capsized boat, and that’s the one person who didn’t make it to the ocean liner. Everyone else is dead, and what we’re witnessing is Hell, but not everyone is in Hell, only our protagonist: Jess. No one else in the movie matters, as pointed out by the crazy scene where Sally is crawling among dozens of dead versions of herself. She doesn’t freak out or even notice because this isn’t her hell. It’s Jess’s.
So, why is Jess in Hell? That is something the viewer has to put together. It’s not explicitly stated, but inferred, and that’s the part where you have to pay really close attention. Unfortunately, the majority of those clues don’t come around until the end of the movie. At 8:17am Jess lost her temper and killed her son. That is the time on both her watch and the clock on the ocean liner; the time she doomed her soul. And despite how hard she tries, “Nothing is going to bring that boy back.” After all, isn’t that what Hell is? Living with the guilt and absolute regret of your actions. Not to mention the torture of reliving it and trying to fix it, but no matter what you do it can’t be made right.
The whole thing is a continuous loop, but not through the course of the movie, which confuses some people into thinking that she can change enough to get out of it. (These people don’t hold the Hell theory.) But you have to realize that there are events that we, the viewers, have not fully seen. There is a whole other version of Jess who gets killed and thrown overboard. She isn’t changing anything, she is continuing the loop, of which the feature only covers a portion. This one guy posted a video on YouTube, Triangle Movie Logic Explanation by Peng Yang, which breaks the loop down into seven stages. The video is a little difficult to get through, but if you can keep up with it and make it to the end, it’s pretty cool to think about.