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Trigger Man

Trigger Man (2007)


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Three friends out for a day of hunting discover they're the ones whose lives are in danger in this independent thriller. When a guy announces to his friends that he's getting married, two of his buddies decide to take him out for a final weekend of male bonding, centered upon hunting and camping. The three New Yorkers head to Delaware and find a secluded spot in the woods where they drink beer and occasionally shoot at random animals. However, as they happen upon a beautiful ridge, shots ring


Mystery & Suspense, Drama

Ti West

Mar 18, 2008

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Explanation, exposition and character development are at or near zero, but an atmosphere of dread is built effectively and West's technique is strong.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source:
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[A] startling sophomore feature by 26-year-old writer-director (and Larry Fessenden protégé) Ti West.

October 18, 2007 Full Review Source: L.A. Weekly
L.A. Weekly
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Devised for minimum fuss and maximum tension, Trigger Man is the little thriller that could.

October 17, 2007
New York Times
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Pic [has a] marvelous sense of time and space, seemingly empty of purpose yet steadily building tension.

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: Variety
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It builds suspense as it unfolds in real time--which is the film's biggest asset.

October 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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As ruthless and nerve-jangling as any motion picture from this year or last.

October 24, 2008 Full Review Source:

Well-crafted but not very enlightening. The ending will leave you both cold and confused.

October 22, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

Once the story goes Deliverance (1972), it's a nail-biter, and the minimalist aesthetic is an asset rather than a liability.

October 17, 2007 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...follow-up to the killer bat movie The Roost is superior in almost every way, and cheaper, too!

June 30, 2007 Full Review Source: New Times
New Times

The flick's got just just as much first-half "filler" as it does second-half intensity, so if you're a patient genre fan, I've no problem recommending the movie.

March 20, 2007 Full Review Source: Cinematical

Audience Reviews for Trigger Man

Extremely effective and paced in a way that is both aggravating and genius. The first 30 minutes are amazing because they put you a completely relaxed and safe environment. After that it's just disturbing. A lot of it has to do with the creepy score that managed to get to me after a while. The other reason has to do with the amount of suspense, it's really like nothing else. What's so odd about this movie is that at times it looks like someone's home movies of a hunting trip, that's what makes it truly an effective horror movie.
October 29, 2010

Super Reviewer

*** out of ****

Director (and writer...and editor) Ti West has recently described his feelings towards his debut feature "The Roost". In an interview for his newest, "The Innkeepers", he revealed that while he's proud of the low-budget indie chiller about homicidal bats attacking teenagers on a farm at night and turning their victims into zombies, he believes that it served more as a set-up for his style rather than his storytelling. Indeed. In "Trigger Man", West's second film overall, he seems to still be establishing the technique; but the question is, who for? Both this and "The Roost" are strong in atmosphere but weak in character development as well as logic; so West seems to have been at home with his style for a while now. Maybe he believes that he should give the audience some time to warm up to his slow-burn tendencies.

The sad truth is that some people will never accept the slow-burn stylistic as it appears in modern cinema. But I think West is one of the more worthy contenders for 21rst Century Hitchcock; although his early features lack the strong characterization and thematic elements of Hitchcock's more notable works, although West wears his influence on his shoulder. "Trigger Man" is more admirable than it is thoroughly exciting; but I like the way that it builds tension quietly and realistically. I'm here to judge it based on what it's got rather than what it doesn't. It's not a character-driven thriller and it doesn't want to be; so what the hell, I'll go ahead and say that for what it is, I really liked it.

Three friends from New York go to Delaware for a weekend of deer hunting in the woods. For what may seem like a long time for movie-goers with a short attention span, they walk around in these woods without much success. As one of them points out, even a squirrel would be satisfactory at this point (for something to shoot at). Well, eventually they do spot a deer; and things only escalate from there. They rest at some cliffs that overlook the city nearby, and it's there where the film really gets going. One of the friends is shot, the others duck for cover from the un-seeable assailant, and it ends up with just one of them having to fend for himself in the wilderness.

The killer is kept in the dark up until the end, where he's revealed to be played by Larry Fessenden (whose production company, Glass Eye Pix, distributed the film). This leaves a lot to happen after the second friend has been shot and killed; the sole survivor wanders around a lot trying to save his own skin, eventually making it into the city so that he may participate in a showdown with the villain who hides within it. Some may call it ponderous, but I call it true suspense; there's always a purpose behind the slow pacing of the film and West pulls you in with his style, which is almost documentary-like. Some might also, therefore, call it amateurish; but to me, it's just more proof that you don't need fancy cameras (or actors, or sound recording devices, or special effects) to accomplish a better-than-average thriller.

West isn't one to perform to the expectations of others. Many who claim themselves to be horror fanatics and just general viewers overall are likely to be angered by "Trigger Man". It demands a lot of attention although not necessarily a lot of time (an hour and twenty minutes). It's a personal bias of mine; to want to watch a film that slowly builds a sense of tension and unease rather than a lazy, stupid one that just gets straight to the point so that casual viewers can be happy. In my opinion, this kind of movie is made for real movie-goers; people who value the slow-burn of some thrillers such as this, as well as the human edge that it can give some movies. I can recommend it to pretty much anyone who is like me - as a very well made and low budget flick that deserves more attention than it ever got - and at the same time tell those who are easily bored by these films to stay far away. I just want the best for all the curious parties.
August 24, 2012
Ryan M
Ryan Marshall

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Definitely original. It's slow moving at first, but that's not a bad thing, it works extremely well to build tension and contrast the following shock and suspense that follows. It also serves to let you experience the film unfold with the characters. One problem I found was the deliberate shaky hand-help video camera, it was used for a reason, an effective one at that, but the wobbling and fast jolt movement becomes a bit nauseating. Although you could just chalk up the dizziness to an effort to disorient the viewer... who knows. The sound as well is very well done.
Bottom line, if you can sit down for 80minutes to watch this and not get too fidgety you'll experience at tense and different sort of thriller.
November 13, 2008

Super Reviewer

Gerry meets Richard Matheson's novel, Hunted Past Reason with a little bit o' The Most Dangerous Game thrown in for good measure. I can see a couple audience members moaning about it being too slow, but once again, if you're going to view the movie as a spectator rather than get into it I hear there is a movie where cars turn into robots you can rent instead. I loved how West immerses you in the tedium of a fruitless hunting trip before pulling the trigger. Once the action starts though, he still keeps the pace at a realistic rate, rather than speed up the editing or action, he leaves it at the same leisurely pace, which surprisingly makes it even more suspenseful. Plus, I was worried about the cinema verite shooting at the beginning, but it wasn't long before I accepted that as well. I film I'd recommend to few folks I know, yet I think it's really too bad more people couldn't enjoy it. Plus, judging from the one other review on Flixster, this is the only movie people are hitting on.
March 19, 2008

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