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A Review of Horror / Psychological Thriller Movie, "Triangle"

Updated on January 2, 2017
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Triangle: This Movie is Awesome!

Triangle is more of a psychological thriller or a very tense mystery than a horror movie, but the night after I saw it, I did have a freaky dream that I was caught in the same cycle as the protagonist. I liked it so much because it lacks the gore and the sickness of most horror movies, which often rely on a really messed-up idea, but lack in execution (Human Centipede, anyone?). There is just enough terror to make you feel uncomfortable without making you want to throw up, and the fear is nicely rounded out with solid acting and direction. The entire ambiance of the film is eerie and tense, but the two things that brought it home for me were the plot and the leading actress, Melissa George.

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The Plot

The plot of Triangle meanders, confuses, and leaves you on the edge of your seat throughout the entire film. It comes to a neat conclusion that leaves you questioning what you just saw (in a good way!). You aren't questioning because it doesn't make sense, but rather because the answers to your questions lie in the little details of the movie.

Leading Actress: Melissa George

The main character, Jess, is played by Melissa George, in what may be her best performance ever. This little-known actress was finally given the opportunity to demonstrate her talents with Triangle, and she nailed it. She gives the character depth and heart, and her acting draws the viewer in to her confusion. Watching her, you really empathize with her frustration, and there are a few scenes in which she questions her sanity that made me believe for a second that I had gone crazy!

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Movie still, Melissa George, Triangle | Source

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Direction

The film was directed and written by Christopher Smith. It was received well by critics before and after its theatrical release, being called "fresh" by Rotten Tomatoes and "a satisfying mind-twister" by Empire. Overall, Smith really creates spine-tingling scene after spine-tingling scene, and does a wonderful job at making a movie that messes with your mind as much as it gets your adrenaline pumping.

Closing Thoughts

You may have noticed that in this hub I do not give away one single detail about the plot. That is because I don't think you should know anything before you watch the film. Don't watch the trailer, because it gives away far too much. You will have much more fun watching this movie if you don't know what you're getting into. All you need to know is that this movie is awesome, and if you have any appreciation for psychological horror, you will not be disappointed!

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      Stephanie Das 4 years ago from Miami, US

      It surprises me that it didn't get good reviews, but possibly the movie wasn't what they were expecting. I liked it because it kept me on my toes the whole time, I never stopped having that thrilled feeling.

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      KenWu 4 years ago from Malaysia

      I had once wanted to watch this movie but after reading comments at IMDB, I stepped back. It was not highly recommended at least by the commenters over there. However, your review now made me want to rent a copy and have a psycho + thrill experience.

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      @homesteadbound- I totally get that. I had trouble watching crime dramas/thrillers when I was working for my city government, because the violence they showed was the kind of thing that I had to hear about every day at work, and sometimes things that happened while I was at work! (we worked with homeless clients, who often came in, and some of them lived at our shelter, so it was quite a wild ride every day). Sometimes watching these movies about really messed up things upsets me too, but there is also this strange feeling of exhilaration, I guess because I know I'm going to be made to feel scared or uncomfortable.

      Actually, the reason I liked this movie so much was because there isn't any depravity, just a really weird situation. The main character is the protagonist and the antagonist. It's quite interesting.

      As always, thanks for commenting :)

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      I used to like scary movies alot, but I really don't watch them anymore. My imagination is too active already. I think psychological thrillers are probably worse for me than the others because it's scary to know that there are such depraved people out there.

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      Great! I hope you like it...recommending movies is tough because you have to know the other person's tastes, but I think anyone can appreciate the skill that went into making this movie, even if they don't love the subject. I'd love to hear your feedback if you do see it.Thanks for checking it out!

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      Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

      I haven't seen this movie yet; I'll definitely look out for it and will take your advice not to watch the preview...I'll just take it on faith that it's awesome! Thanks!

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      Stephanie Das 5 years ago from Miami, US

      Yes, I'm glad you agree with me! It hasn't gotten very much exposure, which is too bad. Sometimes I think that good movies get written off just because of the genre.

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      mortimerjackson 5 years ago from California

      I heard that the director worked for two years on the script. And the writing really shows. It's a fantastic movie.