Weekend Round-Up – The Joy of Being HACKED and Triangle Review.
It is Monday, which is the end of the weekend so here is the round-up from FRC Towers
I feel dirty and used today, and not in the good way. I haven’t been out burning the midnight oil, I haven’t been clubbing pretending I still have the energy of a 20 yr old. I have not got a hang over.
This morning I discovered that two of my email accounts had been hacked. Partly my fault for not having a secure enough password, also partly due to my naïvety, I had them set up with the same password. What a dufus.
Well a kind person hacked my gmail account and managed to steal over £100 from my bank account through Google Wallet, which is nice. Also they got into my archaic AOL account and sent a huge batch of SPAM emails out to my entire contact list. I only found out because they sent one to me!!
I want to apologize to anyone that might have got an email this morning. Please do not open it up. It is a nasty link that may contain something nasty.
Suffice to say I have changed my passwords to something that even I cannot remember without looking up and I should be a lot more secure now. I have shut down my AOL account and have everything directed through my Gmail now.
I feel horrid.
I have tried to get my money back, but as it is an in-game purchase I have no way of proving that I didn’t actually buy the 580 gems!! I hope whoever spent my hard-earned cash is enjoying the purchase.
Anyway, enough of my troubles. What did I watch? Well after last weeks TimeCrimes, I thought it was necessary to get the very similar themed TRIANGLE finally watched. I must admit the two films are very similar, but also very different. Gone is the sci-fi aspect and in was the Bermuda triangle type element.
Here is my review…
Director Christopher Smith is probably best known for his witty comedy horror, Severance, where he managed to transport the very British workplace humour into a woodland slasher film with an amount of success. With TRIANGLE, Smith stays with in a genre he obviously loves while managing to set up a very disorientating and eerie ‘Bermuda Triangle Esque’ Horror / Mystery.
Melissa George turns out a great bit of acting in the role of Jess, and despite her characters inner turmoil and disturbed nature she still looks hot in a pair of hot pants and a tight vest. Jess is a troubled young woman whose mind seems to elsewhere, mostly worrying about her autistic son, when she joins a group of friends for a sailing trip on a fancy yacht. Whilst at sea a terrific storm sweeps in unexpected and over turns the yacht and then disappears as quickly as it arrived. The stranded group take refuge on an eerie and seemingly abandoned cruise liner, the SS Aeolus. It is here that Jess becomes entwined in an increasingly tense psychological nightmare as a sequence of events keeps repeating, all with an additional alternative version of herself.
The triumph of Triangle is the circular narrative, it is hard to second guess and we see scenes over and over from different angles all the time learning a different understanding of what we have seen. As I said before Melissa George is excellent as she delivers different levels of emotion – madness, anger, sympathy and menace – all the time wielding an axe!
Director Smith pulls no punches in delivering some startling burst of action and violence all tied together with some brilliant tension. The sense of foreboding is ever-present and there are some brilliant light bulb moments that totally shock you into submission, but I cannot say any more on that subject without verging into spoiler territory.
The main problem with TRIANGLE, apart form the fact that it seems to find it hard to know when to quit, and the final act becomes a bit heavy-handed, is that it is so similar to TimeCrimes but with less subtlety and humour. Fans of the Spanish low-budget sci-fi flick will be slapping their forehead through out in disbelief on how many scenes were ‘borrowed’, even down to the menacing bandaged figure.
All in all though, Triangle is a good effort at a time travelling film, it is enjoyable and tense with a great reveal. It is just a shame it is not as original as it pretend to be.
About The Author – Scott Lawlor
Chief Editor of FRC. A self confessed geek with an unhealthy thirst for all things Home Cinema. Whether it is the latest Action film or Subwoofer. Check out his home set up HERE
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