Tuesday, January 26, 2010

TRIANGLE

Coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray next week is TRIANGLE (2009), a strange and compelling seabound thriller written and directed by Christopher Smith, and starring fetching Aussie actress Melissa George (ALIAS, 30 DAYS OF NIGHT).

A group of Florida young people on an afternoon sailing excursion in the Bermuda Triangle are caught in an unexpected and uncommonly violent squall, which capsizes their small yacht. As the survivors cling to the wreckage of the overturned boat, an old ocean liner appears out of the fog. They board it, only to find the vessel completely abandoned - an apparent ghost ship. But Jess (Mellisa George) feels like she's been there before, and her uneasiness soon evolves into pure panic when a masked figure toting a shotgun starts killing off her friends.

TRIANGLE starts out looking like some sort of seafaring variation on the old stalk 'n slay formula, but it isn't long before you realize that something more original is going on here. I'm still not sure the story makes any logical sense - in fact, I'm pretty certain it doesn't - but Smith's firm directorial hand and George's intense performance - along with a script full of unexpected revelations and surprises - work together to keep your attention riveted to the screen. It's also very well made, beautifully shot and edited, with refreshingly non-obtrusive special effects and great production design.

First Look Studios provided the Blu-Ray edition for review, which presents the feature in a crystal-sharp, 2.35:1 widescreen 1080p HD transfer and Dolby True HD sound. The only bonus features are a short "Behind The Scenes" featurette with cast & crew and trailers for other First Look films. The movie is also available on standard definition DVD with an anamorphic widescreen transfer, 5.1 Surround sound, the same extras and lenticular 3-D packaging.

I very much enjoyed TRIANGLE while I was watching it, and I continued to think about it after I took out the disc and put it away. It's an interesting, involving psychological chiller that, in some small ways, reminds me of Stanley Kubrick's THE SHINING. Not in plot, exactly, but in tone and atmosphere. I liked it. Recommended.

BUY: Triangle [Blu-ray]

BUY: Triangle - Lenticular Packaging