Silent Trigger

1996

Action / Drama / Thriller

51
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Spilled 34%
IMDb Rating 5.5 10 3184

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Cast

Dolph Lundgren as The Shooter
Gina Bellman as The spotter
Andreas Apergis as Soldier
720p.BLU
756.09 MB
1280*720
English
R
23.976 fps
1hr 33 min
P/S 0 / 3

Movie Reviews

Reviewed by danieldonnelly-75655 2 / 10

Rubbish...

Started off reasonably well, then the camera man seemed to have lost his way. The only thing he kept filming was the stonework inside the building. For Example, Dolph and Gina were talking at length, and the camera pans to the stonework, you don't see their faces, just a glimpse of an ear and top of Gina's' head. The camera work just gets hilarious after this, when they're not in the frame at all. Spent most of the movie talking about it. I had read the previous reviews, thought i'd give it a try as Dolph's a good actor. Gina's voice was really annoying but could see by it.

Reviewed by bowmanblue 3 / 10

It's like Die Hard (if Die Hard was really bad!)

Okay, where do I begin… I have been known to enjoy a good 'so-bad-it's-good' movie from time to time and I am a fan of the 'classic' action movies of the eighties (and therefore all those muscle-bound hunks who starred in them). Therefore, based on my nostalgia for Dolph Lundgren's stints in such 'classics' (well, I thought so!) in 'He-Man, Dark Angel and Universal Soldier,' I thought I'd give 'Silent Trigger' a go.

Now, normally this is the time I say something like 'You should know what you're getting with a film called 'Silent Trigger.' I know it's a B-movie. I know it's 'straight to DVD.' I know there's no real (current!) stars in it. I'm just expecting a bit of mindless action and vague entertainment for an hour and a half. I guess I got the latter.

'Silent Trigger' was certainly 'entertaining,' but possibly in the wrong kind of way. Whether it was due to the blatantly computer-generated attempts at major action set pieces, or just the ludicrousness of the script – it did hold my attention, sadly just to see how bad it gets. The plot (and I use that term loosely) begins with Dolph Lundgren failing to assassinate his target (did I mention he was an assassin? Well, he is) due to the inexperience of his partner, played by Gina Bellman and her forever-changing accent. The 'agency' (they don't really mention which) that they work for aren't happy and… and already it gets confusing. Skip forward a few years and the pair are reunited to carry out one more job from a vantage point that looks like the Nakatomi Plaza from 'Die Hard,' only not quite finished yet. However, it's not as straight forward as it sounds (and killing should be reasonably straight forward for a pair of professional assassins as it's kind of in their job description) as they come to blows with pair of security guards tasked with… er… defending (?) the under construction building.

And that's sort of it really. It's two professional assassins versus two professional night security men. You may think that's a pretty one-sided battle, but you'd be wrong. I'm not sure whether the security staff are really good, or if the assassins are just bad. Either way there's a lot of 'cat and mouse' which takes place, leaving me a little unsure as who I'm supposed to be rooting for – the killers, or the nut jobs guarding the place.

So, there's basically only four people in the cast and therefore what little action there is is sparse and hardly high-octane. So, in order to pad out the film's runtime there's more flashbacks which don't really make an awful lot of sense and all could have been left out of the story if truth be told.

I like a good B-movie. Sadly, this just isn't really one of them. There's not really enough here to warrant recommending it. Yes, if you're a REAL die-hard fan of Dolph himself I guess you'll like it more than normal, but even he can do better (I take it you've seen the Expendables?). Just leave this one in the bargain basement of DVDs at your local petrol station where it belongs. Sorry, Dolph!

Reviewed by Leofwine_draca 4 / 10

More like an art-house movie than an action thriller

A cat and mouse game between a heroic sniper and sinister assassins, all set in a super high-rise building miles above the ground, directed by Russell Mulcahy, the man who gave us that '80s cult classic HIGHLANDER. It's a premise that can't go wrong, right? Wrong, unfortunately, as Mulcahy yet again proves himself to be a one hit wonder with this watchable but disappointing story that suffers from a slow pacing, a lack of decent action, and a budget that really hurts. You know the film is in trouble when there are only four cast members and the story is set in one location, but despite this, there are flashes of style and inspiration to keep you watching and wanting more. For a start, the camera-work isn't bad at all and manages to make the setting pretty interesting, if bleak; a deserted and run-down building soaked by the constantly pouring rain and covered in grime, littered in dirt.

Into this setting comes all-round action man Dolph Lundgren, one of the more dependable actors in the straight-to-video crowd whose work I'm quite fond of; his highs may not be as high as the high points in Van Damme's and Seagal's respective careers, but at least he usually hits the mark more often than those two with his movies and rarely lets his audience down. Here, we see Lundgren putting in a solid performance as the conscience-ridden sniper with a background; although his character is kept mysterious throughout, Lundgren's subtle (let nobody call it wooden) portrayal keeps his Waxman character interesting, whilst still proving himself a force to be reckoned with in the various action bouts.

Unfortunately the rest of the cast attempt to match Lundgren at his game but their bids do not pay off. Partly at fault is Gina Bellman as the contact Clegg; her character is perhaps even more mysterious than Lundgren's but she fails to connect with the audience, even when emoting; her character always seems cold and distant and never really explored as well as it could be. Then there's George Jenesky as Klein, a security guard with a surprising secret that only comes out in the latter stages; his acting is barely existent with only the odd emotion flickering across his face about every twenty minutes or so. The opposite can be said of Christopher Heyerdahl, who at least puts in an enjoyable if over-acted performance as drug-addicted guard O'Hara, a vile would-be rapist who hallucinates that killer spiders are out to get him.

Most of the action sequences take place in flashback, and prove to be brief but well-staged. They're also exceptionally violent, with deaths occurring in slow motion and loving zooms on blood erupting from human bodies and necks being slashed open with knives. In fact in this respect it's actually gorier than many a horror film I've seen and certainly a surprise to see such violence on terrestrial television. After an incredibly slow first hour (which introduces and explores the characters to a minimal level, whilst they walk and sit around a lot) there is one major set-piece towards the finale which provides something of what I was expecting from this movie, but it really isn't enough and the end result is that I'm left feeling a little cheated. A waste of Lundgren and a bare minimum of an entertainment value, SILENT TRIGGER is recommended for dedicated drama fans only, as its cold atmosphere makes it seem more like an art-house movie than the action flick which it masquerades as.

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