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Triangle (2009/First Look DVD)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C-     Feature: C+



Australia had a cinema that used to offer unique genre films, but between Hollywood producing Hollywood product there and other outside production company investing making plainer work, they are losing their edge at a time it could be a new boom.  A few years ago, I suffered through Christopher Smith’s boring Severance (2006, reviewed elsewhere on this site), but his new release Triangle (2009) is not as bad, yet cannot pull past the corner it paints itself in.


A group of friends set sail for a fun trip, but for Jess (Melissa George), something is very wrong and their yacht tanks when hitting the Bermuda Triangle, then a mysterious larger ship shows up that may be haunted and offers nothing but death and the living dead.  Many bad such films have been made since the 1980s, but this is one of the only ones that has moments that work, though a tired child-in-jeopardy subplot not only ruins the flow, but seems like desperate filler.


However, the larger ship used has some character, even if it does not totally become a character here and genre fans will want to give it a look.  Other can skip it.


The anamorphically enhanced 2.35 X 1 image is soft and has motion blur, in part because it was not shot on film but uses the Panavision Genesis High Definition cameras used on Superman Returns.  Too bad the technology has not advanced or dated well in most applications.  I give Director of Photography Robert Humphreys credit for pushing it to the limit to make this exciting, but I wished it were filmed.  Maybe the Blu-ray looks better.  The Dolby Digital 5.1 mix has limited dialogue recording, made to sound worse when the music with better fidelity is added.  Surrounds can be engaging at times.  The only extra is cast/crew interviews and that is very short.



-   Nicholas Sheffo


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