Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Trigger Point

Nicolas Shaw is a disgraced black ops agent trying to live a quiet life in a quaint Ontario lake country village. Right, good luck with that. Inevitably, everyone he ever worked with that is still alive will come looking for him. Unfortunately, that also includes the shadowy terrorist mastermind he tried to bust in Brad Turner’s Trigger Point, which releases this Friday in theaters.

Shaw (or Lewis as the townsfolk know him) can’t quite remember what went down when the mysterious Quentin captured him, but he has been told he gave up the names of eight colleagues. Recently, the octopus-like organization unleashed a lethal assassin of their own, so his old boss, Ethan Kane, wants to reactivate Shaw. Kane also hopes Shaw will rescue his daughter Monica, a junior operative who has gotten too close to Quentin’s network.

Of course, Shaw has a major advantage, because he uses special “anti-A-Team” bullets that always hit their head-shot targets, whereas the bad guys can hardly hit the broadside of a barn. Nevertheless,
Trigger Point is a reasonably professional soon-too-DVD action movie. In fact, Turner’s execution of a big shootout in a greenhouse orchard is surprisingly stylish. It also helps having interesting character thesps like Colm Feore and Carlo Rota (Morris O’Brien in 24) as Kane and his resentful subordinate. Neither of them is ever boring on-screen—and Trigger Point is not an exception.

Turner and cinematographer Brett Van Dyke also get a lot of mileage out of the Huron County locales (where it was shot right smack in the middle of the global pandemic). The film looks good, but the narrative proceeds in a way too orderly, paint-by-numbers fashion. There are no surprises here, especially not the big final revelation.

Barry Pepper is also reasonably steely, but he isn’t doing anything here that he and plenty of others haven’t done plenty of times before. Turner keeps it moving along snappily, but we’ll all be hard-pressed to remember much in six months. It will serve its purpose as a time-killer, but keep expectations modest when
Trigger Point opens this Friday (4/16) in theaters (with the on-demand release already scheduled for 4/23).