The Triangle (2005)
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Actors. Lou Diamond Philips outdid himself, I think. Even in a secondary role, he had a difficult role, with a vast range of emotions. He played it well. Catherine Bell is cute as a whistle :) while Eric Stoltz does well as the lead.
All in all it is a film worth seeing, keeps you on your toes and, while some of the ideas are absurd and not everything is within the realm of logic, it is only a movie and should be taken as such. The effects are decent, without being too flashy, the music and atmosphere are also appropriate.
The story was fantastic, very original and sometimes down right creepy, especially Lou Diamond Phillips character. All the story lines tied nicely into a pretty exciting climax and a satisfying conclusion.
If TV was this good all the time i would subscribe to cable, sadly this is more of a exception then a rule, so I now own it on DVD.The DVD has a "making of" featurette that was enjoyable too.
Definitely worth watching if you are a SIFI fan.
The actors rise considerably far above the material. Particularly Sam Neill, Eric Stoltz, and Bruce Davison, who all infuse their potentially one-dimensional roles with plenty of good stuff. My main gripe was with the plot, which is pretty convoluted, and didn't really become much more focused over the course of the next two episodes.
It was wonderful to see such fine Independent film actors tear up a script. They added depth and feeling to parts that normally would have none, and it became more noticeable as the mini-series went on and other actors came in and did not add that depth.
The director had a sure hand, and did a wonderful job not only with the actors but in creating a world that looks familiar, but can't possibly exist.
The music wasn't to my taste, but the photography was expertly done, there was clearly a great deal of thought and production value put into this film.
I'm hoping they'll make another one, perhaps turn this into a series, I think it may work even better as a one hour weekly adventure story.
All in all, worth a watch.
Soon they find out that the US Navy is somehow involved, and that probably the famous 'Philadelphia Experiment' done in 1943 on the USS Aldrich may have been the start of it...
I hadn't big expectations, when I sat down and watched 'The Triangle', and I was very pleasantly surprised to see that the great names (Stoltz, Bell, Davison, Neill, and Lou Diamond Philips in the pivotal part of a man who returned alone from the Triangle and helps our foursome solve the enigma) weren't there just for show; there was also a very good script, that kept me guessing, and waiting with baited breath for the next twist, and also caring for the main characters.
A great miniseries, in the vein of '4400', which I regret not having, in DVD or otherwise.
The Triangle: 9/10.
I have read a lot of books and been curious about the Bermuda Triangle since I was younger and found the show entertaining. The kids had never heard of the Bermuda Triangle and they enjoyed the show.
Eric Stoltz did an awesome job, as did Sam Neill and Lou Diamond Phillips as Meeno. Of course we were glad to see that he had both kids at the end.
The effects were good, the story fluid and the ending well...I would have bet that they would not have gotten paid (great debate ensued on that one in the house) but hey they did. Pleasant surprise.
It was worth watching, the underwater facilities and the time shifting kept it up the unexpected surprises. I liked the unusual ending, where those not doing so well end up doing well and the others well...there is balance somewhere they guess.
I never expected more than what there was, I did not see any hints of an offshoot series and am glad it concluded as it did.
I would recommend the show to those who like sci fi and don't need a ton of shoot outs to make a show enjoyable.
I don't care if the idea of the Bermuda Triangle is plausible or not. If you accept the fact that it exists for the sake of this movie, then the parts of this story make sense -- ie, what caused it and why it was causing so much havoc in the ocean. Sure there are a few things that are unexplained, but they are not major.
To address a few of the comments of other reviews here -- 1) perhaps the reason the 4 didn't meet their other selves in the alternate universes is because the others were also transported to other universes at that same time; at any rate, it's a really minor point ... 2) I read a comment that Lou Diamond Phillips' character could have been left out and it wouldn't have mattered. While it's true his character is non-essential to the basic storyline, it adds richness and texture to the mini-series in emphasizing the impact of the time shifts. Phillips also does a fine job with the role. I guess I'm biased as he's one of my favorite actors.... 3) someone said it didn't make sense that ships prior to the date of the creation of the Bermuda Triangle were experiencing the effects, but if you consider that time shifts are two-way -- that a portal that allows someone to travel back in time will also allow someone in that earlier period to travel to another time -- then it makes perfect sense.
After having recently wasted so many hours of my time on the dismal "Surface," this mini-series is a real winner.
So ever since I learned about this mini-series I really wanted to now when it would premiere here in Australia. For months I've been seeing commercials on television about the The Triangle which only say "Comming Soon" with no clue of an exact start date, which really annoyed me. But at last this great mini-series has finally premiered here on Australian television!
If you like science fiction/mystery stories than this is just the mini-series for you. It has a very suspenseful and complicated plot about a psyche, a journalist, a meteorologist and an underwater scientist who are hired by a shipping billionaire (played by Sam Neill) to solve one of the world's greatest mysteries: the Bermuda Triangle. This shipping billionaire also has a problem. A number of his ships have recently disappeared in the Bermuda Triangle and he is desperate for answers. So these four characters all of whom have only just met head out on a very dangerous investigation to solve a phenomena unlike anything the world has ever known!
As for the cast of this mini-series there are only three main cast members that I am familiar with. They include Sam Neill an actor who is very well known here in Australia. Bruce Davidson, an actor best known to X-Men fans for his role as Senator Robert Kelly in the first X-Men film. And Catherine Bell who is best known for her role in the TV series JAG.
So all together this is a brilliant miniseries and I loved it! So if you like stories about the Bermuda Triangle and you love science fiction mysteries than this is just the mini-series for you!
"The Triangle" is an intriguing an entertaining story that recalls "Sliders" in some moments. The characters are well developed but unfortunately the resolution of the plot is disappointing and confused. When the group reaches the base, in the climax of the story, it is very disappointing what happens next. The DVD released in Brazil has only 160 minutes running time, therefore 80 minutes vanished in the edition, and this might be the cause of my frustration with the messy end of the story. My vote is seven.
Title (Brazil): "O Mistério do Triângulo das Bermudas" ("The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle")
A few examples of "reasonable" suspensions of said beliefs:
1. The Bermuda Triangle is really a place where ships and planes disappear.(Not true but I'm okay assuming this for the sake of an interesting film)
2. The reason for the triangle has something to do with wormholes and "exotic material". (A hokey but acceptable science fiction premise)
3. The disruptions in the triangle result in shifts in universe that are unexpected. (One of the more interesting aspects of the film. Okay with me!)
Then we have some of the less reasonable suspensions:
1. A multi-millionaire selects a team of four individuals (a journalist, a psychic, a meteorologist and an oceanographer) to solve the mystery of the Triangle. Oh, and they can't use any outside people. Oh, and they'll each get $5 million dollars if they're successful. AND they have to start right away. (My suspensometer is now starting to go "sproing!")
2. Each individual has some tragic or sad backstory that manifests itself. (Does anyone have a normal life in these movies?)
3. The meteorologist is a gung-ho professor who lives in an academic world where he can chuck all of his research and classes for an undetermined amount of time by having graduate students and undergraduates students "cover" for him. (You have got to be kidding!)
4. The psychic and journalist frequently engage in tepid debates about empirical vs.supernatural evidence. (Will these films EVER bother to actually have an interesting debate about this issue? It's worth discussing but, geez, do we have to trot out the old "there are things that science just can't understand because it's too close-minded to." Sorry it just burns me up that that is the level of sophistication that screenwriters can muster.)
That's not to say that there aren't some scenes that are fairly interesting and even poignant. Catherine Bell's interaction with her birth mother in the alternate universe is quite affecting as is Lou Diamond Phillips' reactions to constant shifts in his family makeup. And yes, I must confess to finding a tear in my jaded eye when, at the end, Phillips turns over in his bed to see his youngest son lying next to him asleep. (However, what was the deal with Phillips' shower? What? In some alternate universe, the plumbing goes bad?)
Then the big eye roller, they find out that the reason for the problem is related to "The Philadelphia Experiment" (Brother!) and a secret government project run by the Navy (What? The CIA too busy?) for forty years. (Which is, of course, why we've had a federal deficit!)
Bottom line: A few good thing don't really add up to a terrific film. But it's an okay time waster.
The Triangle is a government cover-up and conspiracy. No, wait. Early on we found out that Columbus has an encounter there. What? There wasn't a government then. Well, never mind, the government's going to make it go away. Wait, our intrepid (and decidedly non-technical) protagonists have determined that the government's plan, whatever it is, will make things catastrophically worse. So they get in a cigarette boat and whiz out to where the *underwater* government facility is, but get there too late. So, recycle the plot and leave twenty minutes earlier. Drat! Those pesky Ospreys show up twenty minutes early, too. (Can they really fly forward at 50 knots or so with the props in lift attitude?) This time they blast the boat, from which the good guys have bailed just in time. Now the good part. The govies, who just tried to kill them, now go to their rescue and bring them aboard the secret lab. Why would they do that? Anyway, our heroes talk the misguided government scientist and administrators out of their ill conceived scheme to reverse the Triangles nefarious effects, and what? It all goes away. Just think, it's been sitting there all this time -- ever since either Columbus or the Philadelphia Experiment, I can't tell -- and if we ignore it, it'll just go away. Sheeesh!
A firm precept of good SciFi is that no matter how hokey the primary plot device, the logic of the tale has to be self and internally consistent. This approach has yielded some really challenging time travel stories, for example, because all the paradoxes in the basic idea have to be carefully worked out and accommodated. No such effort was expended here. Remember what Mark Twain (allegedly) said: "Why shouldn't truth be stranger than fiction? Fiction, after all, has to make sense." One could argue that this story must, then, be true for it surely makes no sense.
In their promotional material they seemed as though they were as jaded with much of the Triangle conspiracy material as they, the producers, were. However, after 2 nights of wonderful build-up, O'Bannon, Devlin and Singer took their eyes off the target and shifted their focus from the Bermuda Triangle to the myth of the Philadelphia Experiment.
Meh! And then they wasted Lou Diamond Philips in a side-story, that felt like padding. If they wanted to put forward a notion of alternate-reality and subtle changes, they ought to have done that with one of the other principals, and not just isolated LDP in his own little microcosm.
What many viewers, and I'm sure most people who came to Rockne through 'Farscape' were probably hoping for was something as inventive and experimental as that show had been, even if this episode echoed Farscape's 'A Human Raction'. Many of us Farscape fans were just plain disappointed.
The plot would have been much tighter if they had remained with the economy of the principals and placed greater emphasis on the mystery of the Triangle, rather than try to throw in the kitchen sink of wormholes and other gobblety-gook. Time-travel and alternate-reality stories are all about as threadbare as the last 'Star Trek:TNG' episode that used them.
None of the actors can really be blamed here, as their efforts were all solid. They only suffered from a weak script. O'Bannon - or the SciFi Channel ought to have passed the script under the noses of O'Bannon's old workmates David Kemper and Richard Manning. They could have helped steer this production into a rock-solid effort, worth more than just the forgettable effort that appeared here.
Characters were introduced, then discarded without explanation.
The most unnecessarily confusing bit involved the group visiting billionaire Benirall's offices at the end of the movie. Instead of seeing Eric Benerall, they are dismissed rudely by his brother Winston...as Eric Benirall's assistant looks on, enigmatically.
It is never explained why Eric (Sam Neill) who has spent the series as a crucial main character and tortured personality, is not to be disturbed. (Um, maybe I missed something) And it would have, at least, made a satisfying resolution.
What made it so confusing is, after all that, the characters are given their $5 mill paychecks, anyway. Big deal. What was the point of the scene then? Just to throw in another silly, distracting plot twist?
The writers also don't seem to understand even the most basic concept of continuity. For those who watched the show, I have one question: why did these six characters in the show -- and seemingly only those six characters -- have any awareness of the different realities? For that matter, why should they? The writers and director make no effort to explain why these characters should be so privileged.
I think Bruce said it all:
"My reality is having a family, responsibilities and a bum leg."
So, we never get to see Bruce and Emily get together and they have odd "lives" now. It was very strange, I kept expecting them to say "to be continued" or something.
I think TT's biggest problem was the fact that, like all mini-series, it was too long. It was like Devlin and Singer had to keep coming up with plot twists. I agree with the other reviewers that the whole point of having Lou Diamond Phillips in this film was to have Lou Diamond Phillips in this film.
I don't know, very mixed feelings.
The suspense and the storyline was well crafted. I loved the characters and how their everyday lives are being affected by this so-called "tear" and how they have visions of an alternate future. I thought the Greenpeace guy's 'storyline' was perhaps one of the better ones. I can't imagine how it would feel to not know one of your children and then discovering that your entire family did not exist!
Great entertainment, wonderful ride. Loved it! 10/10
I usually like "occult" mysteries, And I know that I cant compare the realism to a drama or anything, but I require one thing, and thats consistency. Each explanation which comes up here are self contradicting horse manure, they only fit the characters meaningless quest to find..eh..well, I don't know, and sadly, neither do they.
I watched the first part with growing disappointment as they ran in to every cliché about the Bermuda Triangle you ever hear of, and the Lou Diamond Phillips part was strait out of every Doppelganger movie I have ever seen, and I'm going back to the late 60's here.
By the end of the first 30 minutes of night two I was done, I could tell you what was going to happen about 20 minutes before it did. I gave up and put in a DVD, a GOOD Sci-fi (I, Robot) to wash the bad taste out of my mouth.
On day three I decided to see how they would end this mess and turned it on when they met the head of the Navy. OH MY GOD, The Philadelphia Experiment??????, Been done a million times guys. And you didn't even do it so it was interesting. And back to Lou, why even have him in it?? If you cut out every one of his scenes you would still have the same movie, nothing different. I think they swiped his stuff from another movie just to fill in some extra time instead of thinking up some thing better. It wasn't even the hired team that solved the it, they only made it worse if anything and still got paid.
I can't say I hated every minute, but it was close. The special effects were superior to all other Sci-fi channel movies, they always seem to do better with the TV shows like Stargate SG1 and Battlestar Galactica then the movies. And as for the cast, I have always liked Catherine Bell movies. She always seems to keep me interested, even in Time Shifters with Casper Van Dean, but the rest of the cast just repeated the same dumb lines you have come to expect from movies of this type.
Sci-fi has always been my favorite type of movies but this was just sad. Another example of how Hollywood can't come up with an original thought. Every thing they have put in the theaters the last few years has been a remake of a remake, and not even a good one. Then they say they are loosing money because of video pirates, HA who would steal trash.
MAKE SOME THING GOOD AND ORIGINAL FOR A CHANGE You need to stop stealing from others before you can cry about others stealing from you.
The acting was quite good but I don't think the movie adequately explained the mystery behind The Bermuda Triangle. Ships have been disappearing in there for hundred of years before The Navy conducted their experiments so why wasn't that explored further? And what happened to Charles Martin Smith, his Russian crew and their submarine?