About this movie
I have never invested too much time trying to process a movie like I did on this one. The first time I’ve seen Triangle, I was like “what the hell was that?” I was able to get some of the cues and analogies like the one with the Greek god, Sysiphus, the seagulls and also the cab driver who said he was ‘just a driver’. I knew I missed something but I wasn’t really that interested at all until I’ve read a number of theories about what the movie could be about and that was when I thought that the movie was actually interesting and there’s definitely something more to the film that was worth knowing. So, I watched it again for a couple of times more and here’s what I’ve came up from it.
Basically, the point of the story was that the protagonist, Jess, died and was being punished to do something over and over for eternity just like the punishment given to Sysiphus for cheating death. Taking from the number of dead Sally in the deck and the dead seagull on the beach, it was obvious that the movie picked up somewhere in the middle of Jess’s eternal punishment. For instance, in a car race where in the racer have to take a hundred laps before finishing; the movie started over the 52nd lap covering the entire race up to the 53rd. The movie wasn’t actually about Jess’s actual life but rather her life in the afterlife.
On the way to the harbor, with her son, Jess had an accident and it was when she ‘died’. It explains the change in the ambiance-from sunny to gloomy-which may easily indicate another dimension, telling that Jess had already crossed into the world of the dead.
The driver wasn't ‘just a driver’.
Well, he is a driver, but definitely not just a cab driver. He was rather the driver of the dead like the ‘Angel of Death’ or the ‘Grimm Reaper’ who were known to escort the dead in their journey to the afterlife. In the movie, the driver took Jess to the harbor and before Jess gets away, she made her promise to come back. Jess promised but she didn’t come back. It was the reason why she was being punished at the first place. “She made a promise to death but she didn’t keep it.”-just like what Sysiphus did.
Jess didn't cheat death.
…Or at least, it wasn’t her intention to. Every time she goes to the harbor, it’s like nothing terrible happened to her. She told Victor that her son was in school. It may seem that she was lying about what happened to her son but it was more likely that she was in the state of denial. She died and she couldn’t accept it so she went on doing what she was supposed to be doing that day and that was to go on a sail with her friends. She was in denial of her son’s death and more so, her own. That’s why when she made a promise to the driver; she didn’t know she was promising death, because in her mind-she was NOT dead. Probably in her mind, she was alive and she was just not really planning on paying the cab driver so she went on sailing.
The storm can somehow be the “start” of each lap of Jess’s punishment. After the storm everything starts anew. Jess somehow ‘loses’ her memory and full knowledge that she has been there before. Everything gets blurry after the storm and then she boards the ship; she goes through everything and learns that she has to kill everyone for her to get home. Things slowly start to make sense while she’s on the ship and by the time she got home, she’s still aware of what happened, up until the accident and the moment she gets on to the yacht. She knows she’s been there before until the storm hits again.
The yacht ride never happened.
In fact, after the accident, none of the succeeding events actually happened; nobody sailed, there’s never a storm, no one ever boarded the ship and nobody ever died-except for Jess and his son. All of it was indeed all in Jess’s head. There was no way of telling what really happened to the others because Jess died even before she got to them in the harbor. Everything and everyone in the movie was just a mere part of Jess’s punishment like props and decoys. They were the boulder that Sysiphus was told to push up onto the hill or in this case, Jess’s boulder. They all act in the same way and only with accordance to what Jess does.
There’s only ONE Jess.
There’s only one Jess who died in the car crash, and that is the only Jess whose soul is being punished. That Jess, was the one in which the movie revolves around with. It may seem that there were three of Jess in the ship, but just like the other characters, the other two are just part of the actual Jess’s punishment. Notice how everyone does the same thing and acts the same way except for the actual Jess. The pattern only changes if she changes her course of actions.
Jess will always end up doing the same thing.
Jess may be able to change the pattern of the event she’s on but it will always head to the part where she died, at least it can be inferred from the movie. Like, again, being in a car race, she may change directions, or change the way she drives but she will always be in the same race track. No matter what Jess does, things will always end up the same.
There was NO way out of everything.
Jess was already dead and her soul was already being punished and the punishment was to be stuck in that state for eternity. She was to feel everything; all the guilt, the denial, the pain, and all the frustrations over and over. As stated, everything in the movie was a part of her punishment, even the actions and decisions she makes and the changes she’s been doing. All of it was to make her feel and emphasize the burden some more. Imagine feeling like you’re stuck into something and you found a way to get out of it but after everything you’ve done you realize you’re still stuck in it. Jess doesn’t have any control of it anymore. Her soul was bound for that eternity already.
Triangle was definitely a one twisted movie. It’ll definitely mess with your mind the first time. It takes one’s enthusiasm in trying to understand what’s underneath everything to enjoy this kind of film and since I’m a sucker for this kinds, I enjoyed every bit of it.