I’ve been plugging away at the Free Found Footage Cinema section of this site over the last few days or so but I just had to take a break to cover a new(ish) release I discovered last night.
I wish I could link directly to the film online but it’s on one of those dodgy Putlocker sites that house Phishing adverts and malware banners – not the type of sites you want pointing back to your own website!
Anyway, if it’s on one of these sites there’s a good chance it’s on just about all of them…and I KNOW you all use them! 🙂
The film in question is a joint effort by David Blair, Nathaniel Peterson, Adam Pitman, Andrew Rizzo and Adam Stilwell (each has credits for writing and directing).
It’s called The Triangle…
Four filmmakers take their cameras into the Montana wilderness to document the mysterious inner workings of a young community with a rather worrying secret.
Something a Little Different…
I know the whole cult angle has been covered several times by the Found Footage genre but this offering managed to deliver something a little different.
Apparently the actual filming of the project took place back in 2012 and the editing etc. took until 2015/2016 to finish. I wish I could tell you why it took them that long to put the finishing touches on it but I have no idea I’m afraid (it’s not as if it’s a CGI festival at the end of the day!).
But this had something that sort of stood out – even if it did take eons to hit the big screen.
The majority of recent Found Footage efforts have mostly suffered the same fate – they target the wrong characteristics first.
The Triangle just opts to be as realistic as possible – and that’s what ALL films in this genre should be aiming towards before they try and force feed you ‘jump’ or ‘scare’ scenes.
I’m not saying this film managed to cross the line without a few negatives in play – the climax to the whole thing was about as lukewarm as a Found Footage film could muster.
When the end credits rolled I managed to think of at least four alternative endings that would of propelled this film to the status of a classic. Sadly Blair, Peterson, Pitman, Rizzo and Stilwell opted for a more cardboard option.
Maybe it’s just me – overactive imagination and all that!
Anyway, put the climax to one side for a second, because the rest of the film is a very enjoyable Found Footage experience.
Many sections of the film are portrayed to the viewer in split screen format due to there being about four cameras on the go at any one time.
Now this could of ended up as a right shit heap but the boys have managed to get it just right. In fact some ‘split’ sections were so interesting I might just watch through the film again to see what I missed first time around.
On top of this is the cast – a big round of applause has to be given to the filmmakers for managing to locate a group of actors that were comfortable in a Found Footage environment.
To be honest – there wasn’t a weak link in the acting chain ANYWHERE!
I’m still a bit deflated over the film’s conclusion but the majority of it’s journey was really well put together and quite unique at times.
Well worth watching (but a bit of an anticlimax!).