The Triangle (2005)

Genres - Science Fiction  |   Sub-Genres - Supernatural Thriller  |   Run Time - 120 min.  |   Countries - United States   |  
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Review by Jeremy Wheeler

Bryan Singer and Dean Devlin enter the miniseries arena with The Triangle, an inflated yawn of a fantastical drama that promises sci-fi answers, yet only delivers on snoozes and extreme frustration. The ingredients are there to make this a worthwhile time waster: the cast are B-listers at this point, but they're all talented and have proven themselves in bigger productions before, while the subject matter is rife with juicy possibilities. The problems start with the unjustifiable running time, as scene after scene of long, drawn-out plot points pour over the television screen only to pad the story and delay the inevitable, unsatisfying resolution. By the time the final reveal comes close to unveiling itself, the filmmakers pull a big one over on the audience and actually make them sit through an entire chunk of the story all over again, excusing it with their scientific mumbo-jumbo theories. Well guess what? The third act was boring when it played out the first time and it is downright painful when rehashed slightly different the second. Possibly the worst foul of all is the title sequence highlighting the story's large effects moments, which just so happens to contain a UFO that never appears in the flick -- not once. How's that for a four-hour long payoff?