Philosopher Albert Camus created the Myth of Sisyphus and the notion of human absurdity. Sisyphus is a man who, by cheating death, is eternally punished to push a rock up a hill only to have it roll back to the bottom again. Director Chris Smith plays with this notion in his latest psychological thriller Triangle starring Australian actress Melissa George. Icon Home Entertainment is set to release this intelligent thriller in the UK to DVD and Blu-ray release on March 1.
The film is based around a group of 20-somethings who venture out for the day on a friend's yacht. The mood soon changes from a relaxed atmosphere to panic when a storm appears out of nowhere, overturning their boat. Left stranded in the middle of the sea, an ocean liner appears on the horizon offering the chance of being rescued. Upon boarding, the group soon realise that something is amiss and that's when the blood starts to spill and they are individually hunted down by a lone killer. All is not as it seems though and the storyline develops with an intriguing twist.
After the initial introductory scenes the plot becomes better developed. Triangle has an intellectual looped sequence that creates enough interest to make the viewer want to sit through the entire movie. Chris Smith is not new to the thriller genre and has written and previously directed the films Creep and Severance. He has done a good job with Triangle and the script not only delivers those eerie suspenseful moments that thrillers are so well known for but also delves into an intelligent and somewhat complex story line. The moments of suspense are written into the story well and they bring an unexpected delivery of surprise to the viewer, which is really refreshing in comparison to the usual thriller plot.
Melissa George aptly plays the main character Jess who gets lost amidst the twists and turns of the plot. The actress began her career on the popular Australian soapie Home and Away and went on to establish a career in Hollywood. She has starred alongside Josh Hartnett in 30 Days of Night and Ryan Reynolds in The Amityville Horror. Michael Dorman (Daybreakers), another established Australian actor, plays the male lead and yacht owner Greg alongside actor Liam Hensworth in his first major film role. Liam plays Victor, the cute guy who shares his looks and biceps with an appreciative audience and he seems to be targeted as the next Australian hunk to watch out for. All actors play their American characters well, with an exceptional performance by Melissa George; however, there is the odd slip-up with some of the actors allowing their Australian accents to occasionally break through.