The Trigger Effect

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Released 1996

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Director:
David Koepp
Released:
1996
Rating:
R
The Trigger Effect is a 1996 drama starring Kyle Maclachlan, Elisabeth Shue, and Dermot Mulroney. Annie and Matthew (Elizabeth Shue and Kyle Maclachlan) are a young married couple, settling into their new life as a family. They have an infant child, and they spend most of their time performing typical family duties. The movie begins with Annie and Matthew returning home from a night out, only to be informed by the sitter that their child has a high fever. They call a doctor who assures them they’ll be able to pick up a prescription in the morning. The next day, Matthew and his brother Joe (Dermot Mulroney) go to pick up the medicine. However, the city has suffered a large-scale blackout, and the pharmacist can’t fill the prescription. With a sick child at home, it doesn’t take long for Matthew to begin breaking social norms and the law to get what he needs. The Trigger Effect is an intense story about how quickly society can deteriorate during a crisis, as the laws that maintain order aren’t always as strong as we’d like to believe.moreless

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  • 75

    Chicago Sun-Times

    From the start, Koepp sets out to get under the viewer's skin, which he does with relentless ease. [30 Aug 1996, p.32]

  • 75

    Chicago Tribune Michael Wilmington

    A sometimes-sharp, sometimes-shallow, cunningly crafted thriller that tries to rely more on ideas and character than carnage and crashes. [30 Aug 1996, p.C]

  • 63

    Philadelphia Inquirer Steven Rea

    The Trigger Effect asks some important questions about society's increasing reliance on technology (and how we take the high-tech infrastructure of daily life for granted), but the...

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Disaster, Thrillers