The Trigger Effect

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I was hoping that the title "The Trigger Effect" denoted some sort of guarantee,like the returns guarantee you get at Target: "If you're not completely satisfied just bring it back for a full refund." Perhaps the term stood as assurance that if the film sucked, everyone associated with it would shoot themselves. Alas, even Mr. Cranky isn't so cruel as to suggest death as an appropriate punishment for this dull tale -- a little self-flagellation for this cinematic flatulation will do just fine.

Writer/director David Koepp should be the first one to start whipping himself. His story of how a group of people react during several days of a major power outage is simplistic, dull and laughably melodramatic. Kyle MacLachlan plays husband Matthew, Elisabeth Shue plays wife Annie, and Dermot Mulroney plays family friend Joe. Together they freak out as their reliance on technology for survival reverts to a reliance upon weaponry. Thus, "The Trigger Effect."

After years as a Hollywood lackey making millions off of other peoples' ideas ("Jurassic Park," "Mission: Impossible"), Koepp slouches into the director's chair with his own screenplay and proves once again that sucking up to creative, talented people and actually being one are two vastly different things. Apparently he could think of no better concept than "the power goes out; what do we do?" Usually, Dave, you wait patiently for it to go back on. Koepp has obviously been in Los Angeles too long because when his power goes out, he apparently runs down the street picking off neighbors with an Uzi.

So now the neighbors have to worry about Koepp's home arsenal in addition to the release date of his next film. It's a toss-up as to which will make them run for the hills first.

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