Directed by: Russell Mulcahy
Starring: Dolph Lundgren, Gina Bellman, and Conrad Dunn
Waxman (Dolph) is an ex-Special Forces soldier, and expert marksman.
Sometimes his emotions get in the way of his targets and will end up in a
crisis of conscience. Now holed up in an unfinished skyscraper with his
female assistant, Clegg (also known as Spotter - Waxman is also known
by Shooter in some sources) (Bellman) - Waxman and Clegg must execute
their new assignment, as well as survive the night in a creepy building
with bad guys after them. Will they make it?
Well, the movie certainly lives up to its name, as Dolph
doesn’t really say that much here. Apart from that, this was the
beginning of a phase of more serious-minded films from Dolph, leading up
to Hidden Assassin (1995). In Silent Trigger, however, there’s a lot of set-up
in the plot (perhaps too much), but what’s good about this movie is
that it is at least
trying to be different. What helps that are the stylistic flourishes by
Russell Mulcahy that provide atmosphere and interesting shots,
camerawork and set design.
On the flipside of that, however, the
fact that the movie takes place in one location (except for Dolph’s
flashbacks/memories) impedes the movie, even though the set is
impressive. Additionally, many scenes needed more light and were too
dark to see. And there needed to be more goons for Waxman and Clegg to
dispatch. So in summation, we liked what was there, so we wanted to see
more of it: more locations, lights and baddies. That would have helped
this movie a lot.
On the bad news front, there is some really
stupid and unnecessary (well, it’s always unnecessary) CGI at times. And
it’s 1996 CGI at that. The inanity of these few moments shouldn’t put
you off seeing this movie, we just like to point out when this happens
as a warning to potential viewers, and take the
opportunity to say how much we hate CGI. There’s also the classic “one
really, really annoying character” cliche we see often. But the violent
bits that are in the movie are great, and that keeps the viewers’
Also it should be pointed out that Dolph has an
extremely large, complicated gun. When he’s assembling it, it reminded
us of the scene in Spaceballs (1987) where the ship keeps going and going and
going. This thing is a monstrosity, but it does some serious damage.
Shot in Montreal (it has a very Canadian feel), Silent Trigger is worth seeing but it’s not the best Dolph vehicle out there.
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