Trigger Point (2021) Movie Review

Director: Brad Turner

Writer: Michael Vickerman (Screenplay)

Starring: Barry Pepper, Colm Feore, Eve Harlow, Carlo Rota, Hayne Eastwood, Laura Vandervoort

Plot: Follows Nicolas Shaw, a retired U.S. special operative who becomes part of an elite “invisible” team that quietly takes out the worst villains around the world.

Runtime: 1 Hour 25 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Trigger Point starts when retired US Special Operative Nicolas Shaw (Pepper) is approached by his former boss Elias Kane (Feore) about coming out of retirement to help rescue his daughter Monica (Harlow).

This seems like a routine mission, but soon he finds himself back in a world where he doesn’t know who to trust, after the ones closest to him start to turn on him.

Thoughts on Trigger Point

Characters & Performances – Nicolas Shaw is a former Special Operative that has retired, living out a calm quiet life, one away from the busy world, but he is drawn back into his old life when people from his past turn up. His secret is what is keeping him safe, but not he will see people wanting to learn about his secret, never knowing who he can trust in this world. Barry Pepper brings us a smart action hero that is more of an everyday person that will give us the unsuspecting figure in this war. Elias Kane is the old friend and boss that comes to Nicolas in search of him for help, he will connect him with everything he needs to get the job done. Colm Feore is the typical figure you would expect to see in the authority role in the film. When it comes to the supporting characters, we get to meet people as Nicolas returns to his old life, each one will have a story to tell for their reason for knowing Nicolas.

StoryThe story follows a former special operative that will get recalled to the field to help a friend locate their missing daughter, only to find coming out of hiding will see former enemies return to his life. This is an action film that is similar to many action films we have seen before, the former operative forced into returning to the field, finding his old connections, while drawing out old enemies. This is an easy to watch story, it does feel like it wants to be the beginning of a bigger franchise following Nicolas Shaw and his previous life coming back to haunt him.

ThemesTrigger Point is an action film that will bring us the secret operative world to life, showing us how one of the former members will come out of hiding to do a new job. The action is short efficient gun shots, rather than mad bullets flying, with the locations being used show how secret operations can be kept away from the world.

Signature Entertainment presents Trigger Point on Digital Platforms 12th July

Final Thoughts Trigger Point is an enjoyable action thriller building to a bigger event.

ABC Film Challenge – Comedy – I – The Importance of Being Earnest (2002) Movie Review

Director: Oliver Parker

Writer: Oliver Parker (Screenplay) Oscar Wilde (Play)

Starring: Rupert Everett, Colin Firth, Frances O’Connor, Reese Witherspoon, Judi Dench, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Massey

Plot: In 1890s London, two friends use the same pseudonym (“Ernest”) for their on-the-sly activities. Hilarity ensues.

Tagline – Everybody Loves Ernest… But Nobody’s Quite Sure Who He Really Is.

Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Verdict: Fun Period Piece

Story: The Importance of Being Earnest starts as two high society men Algy (Everett) and Jack (Firth) are using status to create reputations, Jack is his name in the country with his niece Cecily (Witherspoon), while in the city he is Earnest, where he is in love with Gwendolen (O’Connor), despite not having approval from Lady Bracknell (Dench).

When Algy learns the location of Jack’s country residence, he adopts the Earnest persona to try and win the heart of Cecily, putting Jack in the difficult spot as he continues to court Gwendolen, who believes he is Earnest.

Thoughts on The Importance of Being Earnest

Characters – Algy has always lived in the big city, he has used his status to keep on top of the world, with his best friend, they look to get what they want in life, with his latest target being Cecily, Jack’s niece, he uses the Earnest name to win her heart despite the clash with Jack. Jack is from the country, only in the big city he is Earnest a man with a massive reputation and wanting to marry Gwendolen, needing to prove he is worthy of marrying her. Gwendolen is the woman Jack wants to marry, she has been flirting with each Jack, she will want to marry him, getting caught in the middle of the truth with Cecily. Cecily is the niece of Jack’s she has been given the best education possible, she dreams of love and when Algy appears, the two falls for each other, she isn’t impressed with the truth about the names though. Lady Bracknell will want to pick the best suitor for Gwendolen, which sees her going against letting Jack near her, he will give him a chance to prove himself though.

PerformancesWe have a great cast here, with Rupert Everett and Colin Firth having great chemistry for laughs through the film, while Frances O’Connor and Reese Witherspoon both work very well when they need to work together, Judi Dench is also a joy to watch in the film.

StoryThe story here follows two men that fake their own identities to win the hearts of high society women, they work against each other by using the same identity and must prove they are worthy of loving the women. This is a story about using status to get what people want in life, it shows how both men walk over people in life and how the women are not impressed to learn the truth. This does have a nice flow to the story and shows that people will do anything to get what they want in life, it shows how the high society would always be judging people in life too.

Comedy/RomanceThe comedy in the film comes from each character trying to hide the truth about themselves away from the others, with the romance being about how the men want to win the hearts of the women even if they must fake their names.

SettingsThe film puts us squarely in the middle of the high society life that the characters would be coming from, it shows how they would have more money than sense.

Scene of the Movie – Jack and Algy trying to fix things.

That Moment That Annoyed Me – Typical high society here.

Final Thoughts This is a fun period piece comedy with excellent performances throughout.

Overall: Enjoyable.