Reviewed by: Andre Manseau
Craig R. Baxley
Lou Diamond Phillips
What's it about
A very rich man pays several experts in various fields to discover just what exactly happens in the infamous Bermuda Triangle.
Is it good movie?
Whew! I never thought i'd get through this one.
The Triangle is a mini series that was created for the Sci-Fi channel, and all 6 hours of it have now been given the DVD treatment.
Really, to sum things up, the movie really is quite good, although it's not really a movie. There's no real blood and guts, no nudity, and almost no death, but there's plenty of mystery, intrigue, and intelligent theories to be found. Let me also say that this is an original flick. I really liked some of the twists it weaved into its web, and thought that the payoff was even satisfying.
There is simply no way that I could go into all of the details of this bad boy in a couple paragraphs, so i'm not going to bore you all to death. I'm going to tell you what works, and what doesn't work, and hopefully you'll make up your mind.
The acting, it works. Lou Diamond Phillips is awesome when he's on, Sam Neill is also fantastic, and Eric Stoltz doesn't disappoint either. Good, solid cast who care about the project.
The plot also works. It's convoluted, it's tough to wrap your brain around on more than one occasion, but I applaud this one for not being ridiculous and insulting to your intelligence. It's got a brain in its head, and isn't afraid to stick it to you in that respect.
The effects are also quite slick, and production values rather high. The only thing that really got to me about this one was the length, and that's not so much of a complaint as it is a personal preference. Do I think the creators could have cut a couple of side plots in favor of dropping an hour? Absolutely. Do the side plots add to character development? I think they do.
The characters are well built, and the slow pacing near the beginning is definetely necessary to go along with the rest of the ride. I definetely got lost in The Triangle.
Video / Audio
A nice, crisp 1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer rounds out the video department.
In terms of audio, we get an excellent Dolby Digital 5.1 track, or simply 2.0, for those of us without a home stereo.
Here's the only extra on this two disc set, a 20 minute promotional fluff piece called Sci Fi Inside: The Triangle, produced by the Sci Fi channel, it glosses over the casting, the directing, the story, and so on. For such an awesome and in-depth story, you'd think we'd have some real meat on this bad boy, but alas, it's not to be. This isn't to say the feature is awful, but it's very standard and run of the mill. You won't take much away from this 'bonus'.
And of course, we get some trailersfor Crash, Weeds, Ultimate Avengers: The Movie, House of the Dead 2, Attack of the Sabretooth, Eureka and Battlestar Galactica (phew!).
If you're a sci-fi-guy who loves to think and come up with conspiracy theories, i'd recommend this flick to you.
Otherwise if it's a rainy weekend and you're looking for a good watch, pick this up, it's well worth it.