Trigger Man (2007) (Region 2) (Import)
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Skadinavian Edition, PAL/Region 2 DVD: Subtitles: Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish. Features: Audio Commentary, Videotaped Q&A from the Los Angeles Film Festival. On 5/20/06 at 7:04 am three old friends traveled from New York City to Wilmington, Delaware for a day long hunting excursion. It was planned as a final reunion before one was to be married. The events that transpired that day were more horrific than any of them could have imagined.
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The plot (what little there is) is supposedly based on a true story. Basically, these three city guys go out for a day of hunting. This translates into interminable minutes of them walking through the woods, sans any music whatsoever, with two of them intermittently complaining about not having anything to shoot at. These woods, I must note, happen to lie adjacent to a park trail, so it's not exactly the best place to be shooting off guns, anyway. Eventually, the guys take a beer break near the edge of the forest, right across from what appears to be an old, abandoned mill. Suddenly, a shot rings out. Thus begins our three incredibly annoying characters' struggle to somehow stay alive and escape from an unknown sharpshooter determined to kill them. You would think this would lead to some tense, emotional moments - but it doesn't. If you're like me, you won't care who lives or dies or who the killer is - you'll just want the movie to hurry up and end already.
I can't say what the budget was, but comparing it to other no-budget movies set in the wilderness, this was actually well made. Sure, the camera work is poor but if you compare it to other 'killer-in-the-woods' movies it's not so bad. The same can be said about the cinematography and the sound. It's hard to make judgements about the acting because there's very little done - Trigger Man could have been done using a mute ten year old playing with 2 action men figures. This is 45 minutes of 3 men walking through woods and talking. Followed by 3 minutes of 2 men scrambling through woods and screaming. Followed by 1 man stalking through woods and buildings. The end.
That said, I watched it to the end and I have sat through many worse films (Date Movie, anyone? Scary Movie 4?...). There really isn't any reason to watch this unless you're a fellow film-buff who wants to catch up on a director's early work and even then there's no real artistry here.
The first half is very slow character driven but with a title like this you know that something is going to happen. Except nothing does. Just after half way. BANG. Violence out of the blue and the film does a complete change into a survibal thriller.
Not a lot I can add without giving away what happens except that there is little dialogue. I thought it was interesting low budget film making and I know it will not appeal to many in the way it has been presented. Boredom is just that at any time in a film but here it's just too much for too long.
Extras include 2 coms, Q&A, stills. Scandinavian Release from Another World and is the same as USA release.
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