Triangle: Fearing Time

What if time looped like it did in the movie and what if it happened to you?  What would you do if it went around in circles during the moments where everything was at its worst, where fate was most cruel and repeated itself over and over again only to find out that no matter what you do, it would always end in death and pain? Jess, the protagonist in the movie, tried to change her fate only to find out that it ended the same way no matter what she did. During this part, I saw a lot of philosophical underpinnings especially on Marcel and how he portrayed suffering. To put things shortly, he said that although suffering is present and more often than not, it comes out of nowhere to the most undeserving people, it is there. It exists. All that man can do is accept it as part of mortal life and live through it. In Jess’s case, she couldn’t let go of her son, Tommy. At the cost of her own sanity and the lives of others (although the fate of the other characters in the loop will never be clear because they are always killed), she continues the cycle of death to try and save him. In the end, everyone still dies. Much like how life is, no matter how much we try to flip it or twist it, we will all come to an end. It could have been different if she stopped and tried to let go.

I did not expect Triangle to be as psychologically disturbing as it was. I say psychologically disturbing because that is precisely what it did to me. It was made in such a way that, if I had put myself in the situation of the lead character, I would probably have curled up into a ball and cried myself to crazy. Though I have little experience when it comes to horror films, I can say for sure that it isn’t a traditional one with things that go bump in the night or deranged madmen out to torture you into oblivion. Nevertheless, it was a horror movie for me because it terrified me. Isn’t that what horror movies are about, fear, in every sense of the word? Not just blood and guts spilling over by the truckload, not just old sins coming back to haunt you in the most twisted way possible but it gave me something to be afraid of that I cannot see. I had no idea what was going on, I was afraid of what was around the corner, but I didn’t know what it was that I was afraid of. In the end, I realized that the film made me fear something that I would never expect to be afraid of. Something that I often forget to take notice of but it is there no matter where I go and no matter what I do with my life or myself or the people around me; time.

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2 thoughts on “Triangle: Fearing Time

  1. I’ve always been afraid of time, but more specifically of age, so the film didn’t really come across to me in the same manner it did you, I suppose. It’s true — time is scary in the sense that it’s fleeting, but I’d say it was the opposite for Jess because she had a lot of time, I’d say. In fact, I would envy her since she has a lot more time to change things. However, if you meant that time was frightening because you wouldn’t expect it to repeat and trap you in the same situation again and again, then yes, that part was definitely scary!

  2. That’s a good point, she did have a lot of time. But given the context of what she was experiencing, I think she would have wanted to get out of the situation as soon as she could so from where I’m standing I can’t agree with the envy part. And yes, the entrapment part definitely got me and the idea that it could happen. 😀

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