Ti West’s second feature after the entertaining and dark natured “The Roost” is an unexpected curve. A curve that is both fresh and absorbing. The film is about movement that seems hopeless, fore long and increasingly urgent. It’s about loyalty and strength.
The plot concerns three friends who go hunting for the weekend before one gets married. They drink beer, shoot at trees and stroll endlessly through dense wooded forest till they come to a cliff that overlooks an abandoned industrial site.
That’s when things turn bad. They find themselves on the other side of the gun and must fend for their lives. There is a breathtaking scene involving a jogger and the massive looming factory in the background that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Everything that occurs in this movie serves a purpose; Ti West focuses on quality rather than quantity. The plot, which seems simple enough, gradually takes on an eerily disturbing nature. The dialogue is sparse, but West uses it as strength, allowing events and cinematography to speak volumes about the characters. The violence, though disturbing, also acts as an integral piece of the film. The scenery is spectacular and Trigger Man makes some of the best use of foreshadowing and sound design I’ve seen.
Many will compare this to Gus Van Sants Trilogy: Gerry, Elephant and Last Days. It seems that the finer subtleties of filmmaking presented in Trigger Man are lost on today’s generation of moviegoers whose cinematic palates have been cloyed with multi-million-dollar special effects, unimaginative dialogue, mindless violence and saccharine plots. Every aspect of this movie has been wonderfully choreographed to create a film that goes well beyond mere entertainment, simultaneously shocking and challenging the audience.
I would love to see what he could do with a bigger budget. I feel that Ti West is here to stay.