Triangle: Entrapment and Repetitiveness

“Triangle” is a psychological horror film which tells the story of five passengers trapped in an abandoned ship battling against time after their boat was wrecked by an electrical storm. In my opinion, the movie may not be everyone’s ordinary cup of tea since it cannot really be counted as a horror film. It can be appropriately categorized under the thriller or suspense genre. Honestly, while watching the film, I was anticipating something eerie to occur especially when sounds such as the doorbell ringing, keys dropping and gunshots were heard. Surprisingly, nothing creepy actually happened and these were all explained later in the movie.

Although “Triangle” was not as frightening or scary as compared to other films, several other characteristics of the horror film should still be considered. The film evidently showed that the horror film can be more of an emotion rather than a genre since it wants to instil in its audience how it feels like to be Jess, the protagonist of the film. Moreover, as demonstrated in the film, the horror film is not limited to supernatural occurrences or slasher movies. I realized that a sense of entrapment and repetitiveness were also vital elements of the horror film. A sense of entrapment was clearly presented in the movie as the five characters were stuck and unable to escape the large abandoned ship. After Jess had a feeling of déjà vu, the repetitiveness of the film came into the picture as Jess chanced upon her own self and her friends in the same wrecked boat as she looked over the ship. This was the part of the film wherein I got really confused since I thought they were all supposed to be dead already. From this point forward, I had no idea was happening and I ultimately became more interested in knowing what particular events would follow. As a viewer, I thought that the film wanted to induce my emotions of confusion and eagerness at the same time.

In the latter part of the movie, everything eventually became clearer to me that the characters were trapped in an endless loop which only repeats itself when all of them die. In connection to this, the film also made a significant reference to Sisyphus, a king punished to roll a huge boulder uphill only to watch it roll back down. “Triangle” best represents a moral allegory, one of David G. Hartwell’s major streams of horror which enlightens us about good and evil as portrayed by the character of Jess, who tried everything she could to make everything fall into place. In addition to this, the relation between horror and fatality was also accurately exemplified in the movie. It seemed that Jess, who lacked the capacity to see and think about the positive things in life, was destined to have a twisted and miserable life. The title of the film was apparently quite ironic since it was more of a cycle as seen in its repetitiveness. Nevertheless, I believe that the movie was entitled as such because it wished to relay an important message to its audience that people have the capacity to make the right choices in life for a change. In the end, the film continued to keep its viewers hanging and still leaves us with several unanswered questions without any further explanation or conclusion.

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