The Trigger Effect (1996)

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The Trigger Effect (1996) Poster

A blackout leaves those affected to consider what is necessary, what is legal, and what is questionable, in order to survive in a predatory environment.




  • Kyle MacLachlan in The Trigger Effect (1996)
  • Dermot Mulroney in The Trigger Effect (1996)
  • Elisabeth Shue and Kyle MacLachlan in The Trigger Effect (1996)
  • Elisabeth Shue and Kyle MacLachlan in The Trigger Effect (1996)
  • David Koepp in The Trigger Effect (1996)
  • David Koepp in The Trigger Effect (1996)

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3 June 2009 | MarkCrozier
| At least its got an interesting concept (and a very fine female lead)...
which is a lot more than you can say for most movies...

I caught this flick one night on television. One of my favourite things is when I stumble across some little movie on TV that I haven't seen before. This happened to me one night when I was just skipping channels, as you do.

What stopped me dead in my tracks was the sight of Elizabeth Shue. Now I freely admit that this woman just hypnotizes me. She's extremely appealing on several levels so I will often watch a movie that's an obvious turkey (The Saint, The Hollow Man) just because she is in it.

Elizabeth aside, the movie itself proved to have quite a diverting premise: the meltdown of society when some of the trappings are suddenly removed. There is a lot that could have been done with this, but the production was obviously not that well-financed, so the director smartly focused on the characters instead.

It really isn't as bad as many of the people here make it out to be. The three leads are interesting enough, there is a sub-plot in the form of a love triangle to keep things interesting and the concept is certainly relevant enough in today's times to hold one's attention.

Yes, OK, its not a classic but its not a complete disaster either. And I for one detest neat little endings tied up in a bow.

Ultimately, as with many films, its down to the circumstances in which it is viewed. If you're looking to be entertained for a couple of hours on a slow week night, you could do a lot worse.

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Release Date:

30 August 1996


Italian, English

Country of Origin


Filming Locations

Los Angeles, California, USA

Box Office


$8,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$1,887,791 2 September 1996

Gross USA:


Cumulative Worldwide Gross:


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