TRIANGLE (15) *** DIRECTED BY: CHRISTOPHER SMITH STARRING: MELISSA GEORGE, LIAM HEMSWORTH, RACHAEL CARPANI
BRITISH horror director Christopher Smith (Creep, Severance) makes his transatlantic debut with Triangle, a trickily plotted and slickly made effort that nevertheless can't quite make its premise fly in gripping enough fashion.
A weird weather front is the plot kicker that leaves a group of day-tripping yachters stranded in the middle of the sea.
When they're forced to take refuge on a deserted ocean liner, bloody mayhem quickly ensues – but the real mystery is why stressed-out single mother Jess (Melissa George) seems to be afflicted by an overpowering sense of dj vu.
The answer is to be found in a strange temporal loop that wouldn't be out of place on The Twilight Zone or an episode of Doctor Who, which increasingly becomes a problem for Triangle, since no matter how tightly Smith keeps his plot under control – and he does – familiarity with this kind of plotline ensures its shocks and brain-bending revelations never quite dazzle in the way they should. Still, this is a further downpayment on what may yet turn out to be a decent mainstream filmmaking career for Smith.