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"Trigger" yes; "Fast" no
dinky-4 from Minneapolis
28 December 2001
The story of the ruthless land-baron forcing his poor neighbors off their
land is one of the oldest and most traditional of "western" plots. The
makers of "Trigger Fast" manage to keep this material from seeming stale by
adopting a measured, deliberate pace which allows for more nuances in
characterization than one is used to seeing in this sort of production.
of fast, violent action may be disappointed but the patient viewer will be
rewarded by a western which, though modest, is still a cut above
However, "Trigger Fast" has a curious quality which occasionally works to
its detriment. There are simply too many characters than are needed to tell
this story and the script doesn't have time to adequately develop each one
of them. One gets the impression that there's a larger movie in the
background of which we're seeing only a condensed version.
This may explain why top-billed Jurgen Prochow, for example, has only a
small part which ends early in the movie, and why second-billed Martin
disappears entirely for long sections of the story. In fact, of the four
actors featured prominently on the videotape box, only Corbin Bernsen, as
the villain, has a major role. Meanwhile, Walker Brandt, playing the woman
at the center of the story, barely gets mentioned on the box at all.
One scene that may draw unintended laughs involves Gerard Christopher. He's
tied up inside a barn and given a whipping by Corbin Bernsen. He's then
rescued by friends who lay him down to recover on a pile of straw. You'd
think they'd position him to spare his raw and bleeding back but no -- they
lay him face-up so that his back is pressed down against the straw. Ouch!
This must hurt almost as much as the whipping and it's sure going to make
those wounds harder to clean.
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