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|TRIGGER MAN (director/writer: Ti West; cinematographer: Ti West; editor: Ti West; music: Jeff Grace; cast: Reggie Cunningham (Reggie), Sean Reid (Sean), Ray Sullivan (Ray), Larry Fessenden (Henchman), James Felix McKenney (Shooter), Heather Robb (Jogger); Runtime: 80; MPAA Rating: NR; producer: Ti West/Peter Phok; Kino; 2007)|
builds suspense as it unfolds in real time--which is the film's biggest
Reviewed by Dennis Schwartz
Ti West ("The Roost"/"Cabin Fever"/"The House of the Devil") writes, edits, photographs and directs this male bonding thriller, that is compactly made, is anti-narrative and turns into a fight for survival nature flick.
Three childhood friends, Sean
(Sean Reid), Ray (Ray
Sullivan) and Reggie (Reggie
Cunningham), leave Manhattan by
SUV for a day of deer hunting in the woods of Delaware, with Sean the
only experienced hunter. The boys bag no deer and start drinking beer
and ribbing Reggie on his upcoming wedding plans. When one of them
takes a piss over a cliff, he's picked off. The two survivors try to
make it back to their SUV, but when one is picked off in the secluded
woods the survivor locates that the shots are coming from an abandoned
factory site and tracks down the sharpshooter and his accomplice. A
female jogger is killed by the sniper before he can be put down by the
It builds suspense as it
unfolds in real time--which is the film's biggest asset. It's a
no-nonsense tale of terror, with everything kept minimal--from script
to character development. Trigger Man is well-crafted, makes good use
of its handheld camera and gives one the true feeling of a deer hunt
(it's mostly boring, with a lot of standing around and waiting).
REVIEWED ON 10/28/2010 GRADE: B
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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