The Trigger Effect
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The film's opening sequence takes the audience inside a mall, where a series of minor slights among strangers leads to an inexorable tension. Eventually, the focus settles on the main characters of The Trigger Effect, Matthew (Kyle MacLachlan) and his wife Annie (Elisabeth Shue). When a massive power failure hits their calm suburban California town, things begin to break down. Unable to fill a prescription for their sick baby because the phones and computers are out, Matthew tries to reason with the pharmacist, who responds testily. Desperation drives him to sneak behind the counter when… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 75%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"Flawed but worthy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Not a bad tale of urban paranioa."
‑ Shannon J. Harvey, Sunday Times (Australia)
"Interesting thriller that loses its tension and doesn't know how to end."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Psychological thriller that shows the selfish and bestial impulses that lie just beneath the surface of our civilized veneer."
‑ Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, Spirituality and Practice
"...a fascinating and terse look at the breakdown of common decency during a time of crisis."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"One bad idea sets off a series of more bad ideas until the film becomes unsalvageable."
‑ Michael Dequina,
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