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Brad Turner
Barry Pepper, Colm Feore, Eve Harlow
Writing Credits:
Michael Vickerman

Disgraced Agent Nicolas Shaw comes back to his former life to help find a missing colleague.

Rated NR.

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English DTS-HD MA 5.1
English Dolby 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 82 min.
Price: $29.98
Release Date: 6/1/2021

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Trigger Point [Blu-Ray] (2021)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (May 25, 2021)

Back in the 90s, Barry Pepper looked like an actor who might become a leading man eventually. Though that never really happened, he maintained a decent career based on supporting parts with the occasional starring role, a circumstance that finds him as the main character in 2021’s Trigger Point.

Via a prologue, we see a mysterious assassin murder a mix of people in New York City. From there we jump ahead a year to meet Nicolas Shaw (Pepper), a man who lives a solitary existence, one in which he maintains both ample security options and a private arsenal.

Once a well-regarded US secret agent, Shaw retired in disgrace after he revealed the identities of his colleagues under torture. It turns out these folks are the victims assassinated in the prologue, and Shaw became implicated in the crime.

Shaw finds himself back in the saddle when the mysterious kingpin “Quentin” kidnaps Monica (Eve Harlow), the daughter of Shaw’s former colleague Elias Kane (Colm Feore). The agents embark on a mission to stop the culprit and rescue Monica.

All of that sounds like the material for a serviceable thriller. No, nothing there seems especially intriguing or dynamic, but Point comes with the roots of a decent genre flick, and it tosses out some inevitable curveballs along the way.

Unfortunately, it does little with its potential excitement or drama. Slow and plodding, the movie lacks a pulse.

Some of this may stem from what I assume to be a low budget. Whereas a more expensive flick could indulge in big set pieces and the like, Point seems to have cost about $27, and this apparent lack of cash harms the film’s production values.

To be fair, the crew does what they can with that money, so I can’t call Point a cheap-looking flick. It just seems more constrained than a tale like this should be, and the resultant limitations ensure it fails to bring the story to life in a particularly evocative manner, as it always feels like the filmmakers battle against the low budget.

That said, I don’t know how much anyone could’ve done with Point given the monotony of its dull script. As I noted, the story offers the bones of a workable genre effort, so the movie comes with at least moderate potential.

Unfortunately, Point suffers from a screenplay that feels like it goes out of its way to tamp down any potential drama or excitement. It sets up dull, underdrawn characters and places them in dull, underdrawn situations that evoke no thrills.

I also doesn’t help that Point often feels like it borrows liberally from the Jason Bourne movies. While I don’t love that franchise, Point seems completely inferior to those flicks, and it can often feel like a cheap knockoff.

Director Brad Turner does nothing to improve the situation. He paints the tale in a banal manner that never threatens to ignite or create anything engaging.

The actors all look bored, as if they realize they find themselves stuck in a clunker and want the shoot to end. Pepper seems wrong for the role anyway, as he can’t pull off the kind of super-agent the movie requires.

Even at a mere 82 minutes, Point drags. This becomes a sub-mediocre excuse for an action flick.

The Disc Grades: Picture B-/ Audio B/ Bonus D-

Trigger Point appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. This became a decent but erratic presentation.

Sharpness turned into one of the inconsistent elements, as some aspects of the movie looked oddly soft. While most of the movie seemed fairly well-defined, these less precise moments created minor distractions. I suspected these issues largely stemmed from stylistic choices or lackluster camera equipment, but they still seemed strange.

I saw no signs of jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked edge haloes. The film showed no print flaws.

Colors opted for stylized tones that mixed the usual orange and teal. The transfer pulled them off in a satisfactory manner.

Blacks felt fine, and shadows showed acceptable delineation. Overall, this became a mostly satisfying image outside of the occasional soft shot.

While not overly ambitious, the movie’s DTS-HD MA 5.1 soundtrack worked well. A few more action-oriented scenes used the spectrum best, as some violence packed a punch.

Most of the soundfield emphasized the film’s moody score as well as environmental elements. These broadened the mix in a compelling manner.

Audio quality seemed good, with speech that comes across as natural and concise. Music appeared vivid and robust as well.

Effects offered solid clarity, with nice range and low-end impact. This turned into a worthwhile mix.

The disc opens with ads for Blood and Money and Cold Blood. No trailer for Point - or other extras – appears here.

Despite moderate potential to create a decent thriller, Trigger Point lacks even the most basic drama or thrills. Sluggish and flat, the movie never engages and turns into a cut-rate Bourne copycat. The Blu-ray offers pretty good audio with oddly erratic visuals and no bonus materials. Skip this forgettable action flick.

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