Barry Pepper gets more headshots than a high school yearbook photographer. Trip point has the acclaimed character actor who portrays an elite assassin who never misses. The film is a sleek action thriller with several puzzles at its core. None of this is particularly interesting when the secret villain is ridiculously obvious in the first act. That said, Trigger Point’s brisk pace and sharp violence have a somewhat cinematic flow. The ending will either piss the audience off or leave them thirsting for more cranium popping fun.
Initially, Trigger Point is located in a small town in upstate New York. A man known to the locals as Lewis (Barry Pepper) lives a quiet life. His daily routine consists of chatting with the waitress (Nazneen Contractor) before having tea in the village bookstore. He returns home to a secluded shack that is secretly a high-tech fortress equipped with drone surveillance. He hides his car under a camouflaged net.
A dark past is revealed with the arrival of Elias Kane (Colm Feore). Lewis is the character of Nicolas Shaw, “an agency agent” who has been in hiding for over a year. Kane was his handler. Shaw’s entire team was systematically killed because of him. Now the shady mastermind who started it has kidnapped Kane’s daughter Monica (Eve Harlow). Shaw must step back into a deadly underworld of trained assassins to save them and uncover the puppet master who is pulling on every string.
The party can be started quickly with Trigger Point. Bullets and punches fly as Nicolas Shaw tries to recall how the current chain of events began. The film throws out names and flashbacks to build on the mystery of the unknown villain. It’s a confused stitch on the exhibition that makes little sense. Fortunately, the action is entertaining. Shaw moves with stealth, deadly shutdowns, and a brain-pounding silencer. He’s more of a hitman than Rambo.
Barry Pepper is great at looking serious. It’s his defining trait as an actor. I’ve seen his film and television career since the mid-1990s. He can have poorly written dialogues and deliver them absolutely rocky. His portrayals of characters are solemn and weighty. The trigger point depends heavily on this ability. Some situations in this film are absurd. Pepper lets these scenes work through pure stage presence. He pulls the sullen assassin off.
I have to admit I ended up disappointed. Barry Pepper’s ass-kicking Gunpla kept me on board despite the narrative problems. After eighty-five minutes, the filmmakers could have made the result much more detailed. But conversely, there is something to be said if you want more. The final act of Trigger Point sets the stage for a larger universe. I would be on board for Nicolas Shaw’s future adventures. Trigger Point is a chicken soup production for Soul Entertainment, High Park Entertainment and Landmark Studio Group. Screen Media Films will release Trigger Point in theaters on April 16, followed by a worldwide streaming debut on April 23.
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