By Jeffrey Anderson,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Violence, other iffy stuff in forgettable action flick.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Main theme involves a character who's been "set up" trying to clear his name. Not much else to it, and violence is often the answer to everything in this story.
Positive Role Models
The hero is brave, but it's unclear whether his past work as a secret agent was for good or for ill. Here, he mainly wanders into dangerous situations and shoots his way out.
Violence & Scariness
Various characters are shot and killed. Blood spurts. Gory wounds. Gun to person's head. Character tortured by being hung upside down over tub that's slowing filling with water. Flashbacks to person receiving waterboarding torture. Personal arsenal filled with guns and knives.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
A character appears to make porn videos; blurry sex video seen, moaning sounds heard. Sex toys arranged on a table. Poster for a movie called Booty Actually. Scantily clad woman, nearly naked, with "pasties" on her nipples.
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Somewhat frequent use of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "d--khead," "goddamn," and "shut up."
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Casual/social drinking. Main character has a whiskey. Minor character drinks whiskey and snorts cocaine (he keeps rubbing his nose and sniffing). Character injected with sodium thiopental. Cigarette smoking.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Trigger Point is an action movie about former secret agent Nicolas Shaw (Barry Pepper), who may have been set up for a betrayal and is trying to clear his name. Violence is the biggest issue: Many characters are shot and killed, some with blood spurts. Many guns and knives are shown, a character is tortured (hung over a tub that's slowly filling with water), and another person is waterboarded. A minor character appears to be a porn producer; sex toys, a woman wearing "pasties" on her nipples, and a poster for an adult movie (Booty Actually) are shown. Language is strong, with uses of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," and more. A minor character snorts cocaine, there's social drinking and cigarette smoking, and a character is injected with sodium thiopental.
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What's the Story?
In TRIGGER POINT, Nicolas Shaw (Barry Pepper) lives a simple, small-town life, but he also has a sophisticated security system in his home. Nicolas' former colleague Elias Kane (Colm Feore) comes to him, and viewers learn that Nicolas was once a member of a spy organization called The Agency -- and that, under torture, he may have given up the names of eight colleagues, who were then killed. Now Elias' daughter, who was investigating the truth, has been taken, and he needs Nicolas' help to get her back, discover who set Nicholas up, and uncover the identity of the assassin. Nicholas reluctantly agrees, but not even he can know what lies in store for him.
Is It Any Good?
Sturdy and even somewhat stylish, this action movie is also too familiar and predictable; it likely won't be remembered by viewers long enough to warrant its promised sequels. Directed by Brad Turner -- a TV veteran with a long, impressive list of small-screen credits -- Trigger Point has a few cool sequences, from the ins and outs of Nicolas' heavily protected country home to a shoot-out among a row of greenhouses surrounded by a cornfield. The movie is taut and lean, and Pepper is fine as the hero, even if his Shaw feels like a B movie version of John Wick, Jason Bourne, or Ethan Hunt.
Certainly the "retired and in hiding" ex-superspy is an old cliché, and the movie can't quite get away from other clichés as it goes along, from the overly complicated dialogue-based setup to the unsurprising double-crosses. Indeed, the movie often feels as if it starts after all the good stuff left off. A general low-energy quality keeps things from ever getting very tense or exciting, and the generic title -- just what is a Trigger Point anyway? Is it something to do with a gun? -- will probably make this movie fade away quietly and painlessly.
Talk to Your Kids About ...
Families can talk about Trigger Point's violence. How did it make you feel? Which parts were exciting, and which were shocking? Why?
How is sex depicted? What values does the movie impart on that topic?
How are drinking, drugs, and smoking depicted? Are they glamorized? Are there consequences? Why does that matter?
Have you ever been "set up" for anything you didn't do? How did it make you feel?
Does Shaw seem like a role model? What's interesting or admirable about his character? What are his flaws?
- In theaters: April 16, 2021
- On DVD or streaming: June 1, 2021
- Cast: Barry Pepper, Laura Vandervoort, Colm Feore
- Director: Brad Turner
- Studio: Screen Media
- Genre: Action/Adventure
- Run time: 82 minutes
- MPAA rating: NR
- Last updated: October 8, 2022
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