The Trigger Effect (1996) - Rotten Tomatoes

The Trigger Effect (1996)




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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 ensuing maelstrom after the lights go out. Their ordeal begins in the early evening when they go out to a movie to get a break from their infant daughter. Unfortunately, much of their time is spent quieting rude, noisy youths. When they get home, they learn their child has a serious ear infection and must call the doctor. The power goes out causing Matt to take drastic measures at the local pharmacy to get that medicine. Back in their darkened home, the couple are visited by Joe, a manly blue-collar worker who irritates the yuppie Matt, but inflames Annie. The three amuse themselves by playing games and drinking beer until a looter comes calling. Matt and Joe chase him outside where he is promptly shot by a neighbor. Things don't get much better from there.more
Rating: R
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: David Koepp
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 20, 1999
MCA Universal Home Video


Edhem Barker
as Trendy German Guy
Tyrone Tann
as Tripping Guy
David O'Donnell
as Hand Holding Guy
Eddi Wilde
as Trendy Guy
Monica Torres
as Hand Holding Girl
Greg Grunberg
as Double Date Guy
Kerri Vickers
as Double Date Girl
Christina Alvarado
as Counter Girl No. 1
Victoria Fleming
as Counter Girl No. 2
Molly Morgan
as Babysitter
Philip Bruns
as Mr. Shaefer
Kirk Fox
as Drugstore Announcer
William Lucking
as Pharmacist
Rosanna Huffman
as Arguing Customer
Andy Walker
as Ball Bouncer
Carl Ciarfalio
as Security Guard
Wanda Lee Evans
as Admitting Nurse
Richard Schiff
as Gun Shop Clerk
Gary Bayer
as Middle Aged Neighbor
Conor O'Farrell
as Police Officer No. 1
Eugene Collier
as Police Officer No. 2
Amanda Grillo
as Girl at Ice Cream Tr...
Jonathan Mumm
as Man at Table
Elizabeth Gandy
as Cafe Waitress
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Critic Reviews for The Trigger Effect

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Detroit News
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 30, 1996
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Flawed but worthy.

January 6, 2006

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

August 1, 2003

Audience Reviews for The Trigger Effect

Not half bad. Reminded me of that Twilight Zone episode, The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.

Steve B.

Super Reviewer

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.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

An amazing movie, that just has you thinking about certain things. hehe

Leo L

Super Reviewer

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