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DVD Review: Trigger

July 26, 2011

Trigger – An eOne Films’ Release

DVD Release Date: July 26th, 2011

Rated 14A for coarse language and substance abuse

Running time: 78 minutes

Bruce McDonald (dir.)

Daniel MacIvor (screenplay)

Brendan Canning (music)

Molly Parker as Kat

Tracy Wright as Vic

Don McKellar as Brian

Sarah Polley as Hillary

Our reviews below:


Trigger DVD Review By John C.

**1/2 (out of 4)

Bruce McDonald’s Trigger is the last film of Canadian actress Tracy Wright and the first to play at Toronto’s beautiful TIFF Bell Lightbox.  Ten years ago, Vic (Wright) and Kat (Molly Parker) made up a punk rock duo known as Trigger.  But their addictions to drugs and alcohol eventually tore them apart.  Now they are reuniting in Toronto for a benefit concert, but must move past their problems before they can get back on the physical and metaphorical stage.  The film spans approximately 12 hours, and for much of the brief 78-minute running time the audience feels as if we are tagging along for their night out.

We find out more about the characters through small nuances in the tight dialogue and the pair of leading performances are undeniably quite good.  But what keeps Trigger feeling somewhat experimental is the very thing that often makes it believable.  For every moment of true insight that is reached, there is another one that feels kind of mundane.  Just like a real night out with someone you used to know, not every moment of Trigger will be remembered with equal importance, but in the morning you won’t mind having made the effort to get out.

The DVD includes two featurettes.


Trigger DVD Review by Erin V.  

**1/4 (out of 4)

Trigger is a slow (and because of the pace luckily short) Canadian drama about two female rockers back together after many years for a reunion benefit concert.  The film pretty much just consists of the (quite often mundane) conversations of these two women as they both are struggling with addiction and a mid-life existential crisis.

The film takes place basically in the span of a night and doesn’t really go anywhere.  The acting is all fine, although the dialogue scenes (in written style) are more stage play than film in their pacing.  Unless you’re really into this kind of indie effort, it does feel like it drags at times.  Even so, the film is only 78 minutes, so it doesn’t take that long to check it out.


Trigger DVD Review By Nicole

**1/4 (out of 4)

Trigger is a slow-moving film about two friends reuniting after ten years.  Childhood friends, Vic (Tracy Wright) and Kat (Molly Parker), recall their life as rock stars as they prepare for a reunion concert.  While the two women start out arguing over their rocky past, they rediscover the friendship they had.  While the film is slow-paced with sometimes mundane dialogue, the film never falls into cliché or melodrama.  The characters are likeable and believable.  Trigger is worth seeing for anyone interested in dialogue-driven independent cinema.


Trigger DVD Review By Maureen

**1/2 (out of 4)

Ten years is a long time when estranged friends are forced to reconnect.  Vic (Tracy Wright) and Kat (Molly Parker) used to sing together in a rock and roll duo called Trigger.  Their respective addictions to heroin and alcohol plus the stresses of life on the road led to their eventual breakup.  Now organizers of a benefit for women in rock has invited the two to appear together.  The question is, can the women move past earlier hurts and reach a new understanding?

Trigger is a dialogue-driven movie with the feel of a one-act stage play.  Most of the dialogue takes place with Vic and Kat sharing an awkward dinner.  The dialogue is both mundane and revealing carried forward by the strong acting talents of the late Tracy Wright and Molly Parker.  Filmed with a low-budget and short shoot time, Trigger is an interesting little Canadian indie film worth checking out for the strong acting of both leads.


Trigger DVD Review By Tony

*** (out of 4)

Trigger was the collective name of former rockers Vic (Tracy Wright) and Kat (Molly Parker) who some ten years after breaking up are brought together in Toronto for a tribute concert. Over the course of that evening and into the next morning, they are forced to confront their personal issues (recovering from hard drugs for Vic and alcohol for Kat), what  pulled them apart and ultimately kept them together.

Directed by Bruce McDonald, Trigger was an obvious sentimental favourite for Toronto fans, particularly when it opened as the first feature of the new TIFF Bell Lightbox [film festival headquarters] shortly after Wright’s death at 50 from cancer. Despite loving nighttime shots of Toronto, this is primarily a dialogue-driven film with a sensitive script brilliantly delivered by the two leads, with amusing cameos including [Wright’s partner] Don McKeller and Sarah Polley. At under 80 minutes, it is definitely worth seeing, though outside of a hometown crowd may have limited appeal.


Consensus: Carried by strong performances from Molly Parker and the late Tracy Wright, Bruce McDonald’s Trigger is an interesting little Canadian film, however the dialogue-driven pace of the brief 78-minute running time makes this one that won’t be for everybody.  **1/2 (Out of 4)

One Comment leave one →
  1. James permalink
    August 9, 2011 9:35 pm

    My brother and my son both worked on this movie.


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