The Trigger Effect
The Trigger Effect (1996)

The shiny veneer of a Southern California suburb abruptly peels away to reveal rotten wood when a city wide power and telephone outage occurs. This grim drama centers on one young married couple, Matt and Annie who get caught up in the… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: August 30, 1996
DVD Release Date: July 20, 1999
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Critic Score: 75% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Cole Smithey

Flawed but worthy.

Shannon J. Harvey
Sunday Times (Australia)

Not a bad tale of urban paranioa.

Fred Topel

Interesting thriller that loses its tension and doesn't know how to end.

Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat
Spirituality and Practice

Psychological thriller that shows the selfish and bestial impulses that lie just beneath the surface of our civilized veneer.

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a fascinating and terse look at the breakdown of common decency during a time of crisis.

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Michael Dequina

One bad idea sets off a series of more bad ideas until the film becomes unsalvageable.

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Flixster Audience Score: 42% Flixster User Reviews
Steve B.
Not half bad. Reminded me of that Twilight Zone episode, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.
Leo L
An amazing movie, that just has you thinking about certain things. hehe
Jesse Ortega
You know, I live in an island (Puerto Rico) where blackouts are an almost daily occurrence. Maybe not so much recently, but the blackouts got really bad here… More
John Ballantine
Not bad but not great. I think that with a stronger director than Koepp, this would really have hit home. These actors can and have risen higher when called to.