TRIANGLE (15, 98 mins) Thriller/Sci-Fi/Horror. Melissa George, Michael Dorman, Liam Hemsworth, Henry Nixon, Rachael Carpani, Emma Lung, Joshua McIvor. Director: Christopher Smith.
Released: October 16 (UK & Ireland)
THE circle of life is a giant Moebius strip in Christopher Smith’s disorienting third feature.
Clinging onto some of the horror conventions from his previous films (Creep, Severance), the Bristol-born writer-director tries out his sea legs as he spins an intentionally ambiguous yarn guaranteed to have audiences scratching their heads.
Similarities to the 2007 Spanish thriller Timecrimes, written and directed by Nacho Vigalondo, are inescapable, right down to the time-bending plot and the use of a sack mask to conceal the killer’s true identity.
Imitation, plagiarism, spooky coincidence ... fans of Vigalondo’s ingenious and little-seen cinematic conundrum will suffer a nasty case of deja vu, rather like the increasingly unhinged heroine of Smith’s film.
Single mother Jess (Melissa George) yearns for a break from the tears and tantrums of her autistic son Tommy (Joshua McIvor).
So one Saturday morning, while the boy is at special needs school, she agrees to a day trip on a yacht called Triangle with Greg (Michael Dorman), his hunky room mate Victor (Liam Hemsworth) and friends Downey (Henry Nixon) and Sally (Rachael Carpani).
They bring along singleton Heather (Emma Lung) as a potential love match for Greg, the captain of the ship.
With almost no warning, the boat is caught in the eye of a massive electrical storm.
Triangle capsizes, stranding the friends at sea ... until a 1930s ocean liner, the SS Aeolus, emerges from the mist.
The pals happily climb on board, glad to be rescued from the sea, and are stunned to find the boat deserted. They can’t even find the shadowy figure they glimpsed on deck as the liner drew near.
Jess is incredibly unsettled. "I feel like I know this place. I recognise this corridor," she shakily confides in Greg.
When members of the group subsequently fall foul of a masked figure, the traumatised single mother attempts to make sense of the complex mystery unravelling around her.
Triangle is all about the film’s storytelling which holds our attention, teasing and tantalising long after the credits roll.