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In Triangle, at the start when Jess arrives at the boat for the "first" time, is this the start of the continuation of the ending scene.

It's known that the cruise ship and any surroundings after leaving it is in a time loop.

Though Jess remembers the ship and tells Greg, she makes no indication that she is in the time loop. So yes, the movie was meant to confuse the user but seeing that, according to the number of dead Sallys on board, the time loop occurs more than 20 times.

So the first time she entered the loop, the storm sent her into an alternate reality with the neverending timeloop? Is this what the movie was showing? I noticed there is a deadly Jess that was not really in the foreground that got shot in the head, and stabs Sally and Downey in one of the rooms. I cannot really place where she falls into the picture seeing that one of the previous Jess instances killed that Jess instead of letting her jump overboard.

So is there a separate timeline/reality?

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Just wanted to add that Triangle is one of the best time loop /suspense movies I've ever seen. Its a shame its so underrated. –  System Down Dec 19 '11 at 20:12

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The movie just shows us the never ending loop in which Jess is stuck seemingly forever. What actually happened that left her in this loop is never shown. Only subtle hints are given throughout the movie.

There is no starting point to the loop. That just seems so to the viewer. I would say that the instant she has the car crash with her son was the starting point. In fact, it's possible that she was an abusive mother who actually killed her son in a mad fit of rage. When she arrives to the dock for the first time, she says that her son is at 'School' as she is unable to come to terms with what she has done. The whole movie revolves around the 'never ending hell' she goes through because of her guilt. She keeps thinking that she can do something to 'save' her son. I believe that the cab driver also has a role to play. There was something suggestive in the way he says stuff like

I'm just a taxi driver

and

So, I will keep the meter running? You promise you will come back, right?

Maybe he 'represents' the devil, waiting for her to accept the truth and be free from the loop of constant suffering?

She kills the 'original evil mom Jess'. This also represents her inability to accept the truth. She later tells her son how things will be better from now on.

Another point to take into consideration is the fact that initially it seems as if the time loop is restricted to the Ship. But the scene where she discovers the dead birds in the pit, shows that she realizes that it's her whole life, for that particular day,and not just the Ship. She can't just run away from it.

Time on Jess's watch exactly matches the time on the Ship. This is not the case for anyone else. Another indication that the whole time loop is just about her.

The Jess which stabs Sally and Downey can definitely exist. The events will happen as they 'should' unless Jess does something different. Everyone else will act the same way. The scene where she is confronts 'the new Jess' with the gun but is unable to shoot, this new Jess runs away and is shown killing the 'Masked Jess'. The movie never shows what happens to her. Maybe she is the one who ends up stabbing Sally and Downey.

So, to summarize my answer, in my opinion,the movie starts out with an impression of being a strange sci-fi/time-loop movies (which it kind of is), but the part where she return to shore and thereafter indicates something more which is going on, apart from the time loop on the Ship. That's my view.

PS: Check out the story of Sisyphus.

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Not the way I remember it. The way I see it Jess is in a kind of purgatory, as the end of the movie shows her as an abusive mother. She's trapped in the time loop, but seems to be gradually changing things. Perhaps when she has righted all her wrongs she can be free?

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That reminds me of Groundhogs Day. –  5StringRyan Dec 20 '11 at 20:16

The only thing possible to break out from the same-things-happening time loop is the "knowledge" of the previous loop, so that she can change them. I think she loses it all while she falls asleep on the boat, waking up with champagne and all.

Every time bending movies have their inconsistencies some where. They're good for entertainment purpose only, and Triangle is one of my favorites.

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Is the Taxi Driver Death or a spirit or god or what?? He's Death, 100% as far as I'm concerned. Sally offhandedly mentions that Sisyphus is punished for breaking a promise with Death. And sure enough, here's the exchange: Taxi Driver: "I'll leave the meter running. You will come back won't you?" Jess: "Yes, I promise." She doesn't come back. –  digitalbum Jan 24 at 17:23

What I think is that the "good Jess" is the only surviving Jess, at both the beginning , the "exactly the same" Jess mentioned that her kid was in school , which means, her son died. Therefore, at the first part of the movie(before the storm), there are actually two Jess, one who was killed, and the one who killed. Therefore, the one who go on board at both the beginning and end was actually the same Jess. And no matter what, Jess from other dimension go onto the large ship died because of the "good Jess" (you can consider as the prime evil). But it also seems like when the loop of the "good Jess" repeated, she lost some part of the memory, what I think the moment she lost the memory was after the dream on the boat Triangle.

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From my view point, Jess is being punished just as the Gods punished the person related to the boats name with the infinite task of moving the rock to see it fall back to its starting point. I feel that the actions taken to save her son are the cause of this punishment.

When Jess sees the car crash, the taxi driver comes along, telling her that there is no way to save her son. Jess, instead of taking this on board, is tasked with killing everyone to save her Son. Perhaps this is the instance of cheating death which results in her punishment.

On the other hand, the taxi driver may represent the fabled "ferry man" which you have to pay to get to "the other side". Jess promises this man such payment, but breaks that promise. This could also be a reason for her punishment, meaning she is stuck in a time loop as she didn't pay to reach the other side.

In addition to these points, something else strikes me as unusual about this plot. When the car crashes at the end of the film, a boy is seen as part of a matching band. He holds a drum with the same band marking/logo as the one on board the cruise ship.

Also, upon the incident of the car crash, a single copy of Jess lies on the road beside her son with another Jess watching these events. The dead mother, due to her clothing is clearly the abusive Jess. The observing Jess is obviously her before the boat, yet the Jess driving the car (that came from the boat) is nowhere to be seen. Perhaps her son dying frees her from the loop, or perhaps she lives on, escaping the scene. These actions are not explained.

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I agree that we enter the loop during its Nth playthrough. However I do not think we are following the same Jess all the way through - there is a moment when the film seems to judder and jump back several frames - I think this represents several more playthroughs of the exact same moment thus we have jumped forward 2 or 3 Jess'. Remember these are not rewinds but replays starting a frame or two behind.

PS I am reading really annoying theories that there is a third killer, a masked man. This theory is based on a blooper - you can see "masked Jess" hairy arm near the cuff, i.e. the stunt man when he throws the shot gun. This same theory holds that the third masked killer disappears but it is explicitly shown that this is really masked Jess who works out unmasked-Jess' attempt to distract her by throwing a valve. Consequently she runs ahead of unmasked Jess and waits to ambush her.

It is a supernatural punishment loop of somekind for killing her son - whether tis murder or manslaughter we will never know.

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jess said the whole process restarts when all them dies, just like the other jess who was wearing those black gowns told her that jess must kill her(jess) but she fell of the ship and ended at the beach where she walked back to her home(begining of the movie). there was a black cloth in the water at the beach, the same she was wearing when she fell of the ship. but because many jess`s have died she goes back again where she will become another jess but must first kill the abusive jess who was invited to the trip the day before by greg

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