"The Trigger Effect" SHTF Movie!


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Black Majik
March 23, 2004, 01:41 PM
Alrite, so has anyone seen this cheesy movie? :o

I watched it last night, and it reminded me of all the SHTF threads out there. Basically the storyline is that theres a power outage in Southern California for a few days and everyone panics. The main characters are 2 guys and a wife.

I missed the beginning so I got to the part where the two guys decide to get a gun for home defense. The wife (played by Elizabeth Shue) goes bizzzerk about how she doesn't want a gun in the house and how she doesn't even want to see one. The husband decides its necessary anyways and goes with the other guy to get a gun.

The Gunstore: The 2 men arrive at a gunshop (in southern California), the clerk says that the shotguns have no waiting periods but the handguns have a 15 day waiting period. They end up buying a $95 shotgun for $300 and theres a line to the door of other people wanting to buy a gun. So out walks these two guys, the shotgun is in plain view of the public, the guys finger is on the trigger, he racks it and points and pulls the trigger on his friend. :cuss:

Home invasion: So, everyone's asleep, one guy goes to the husband and wife and tells them someone broke into the house and asks for the shotgun. When the husband asks the wife where the shotgun is she told him that she tossed it in the pool! So, the 2 guys end up chasing the intruder out of the house, and the neighbor across the street shoots the intruder with a hunting rifle.

Next day: The family decides to leave the town after the intruder was killed. The husband retrieves the shotgun from the bottom of the pool, cleans out all the water. The next scene shows him load up shells in his backyard and he pulls the trigger at the ground, click, click, BOOM! Who the hell fires a shotgun in the backyard in the state of California



So... this movie got me thinking, its a entertaining SHTF movie, but damn... a lot of things in this movie is so incorrect (how the hell do you get a shotgun the same day in California and take it out of the store without a box). There were zero good gun handling skills and the guy even points the shotgun at his friend and pulls the trigger. Plus he fires a round into the ground of his backyard to see if it works and his neighbors doesn't even care that there was a gun that went off.

Overall grade: D (It was entertaining to see a SHTF movie)

Anyways, I'm done ranting. I only watched it cuz of Elizabeth Shue really. :neener:

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Kamicosmos
March 23, 2004, 09:47 PM
I only watched it cuz of Elizabeth Shue really.

I second that!

Otherwise, not a very good movie.

Justin
March 23, 2004, 09:59 PM
A positively abysmal movie. If you want to see how antis think gun owners would react in a blackout, this movie will let you know.

Completely assinine.:barf:

Travis McGee
March 23, 2004, 11:29 PM
Anybody know Jon Milius? I think my novel would make a ten million times better firearms intensive SHTF novel!

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Langenator
March 24, 2004, 06:28 AM
I watched that movie for 2 reasons:

1)) Elizabeth Shue

2) That dive/biker bar they go into after they leave the city? My friends and I used to hang there occasionally when I was in college. Max's Plainfield Station outside of Davis, CA.

SLCDave
March 24, 2004, 03:08 PM
I remember renting this movie a few years ago, and it was bad. One thing I remember is that Ms. Shue would have gotten a wet rifle butt against the cheek if I had to dive in after it. It was a bad portrayal of gun owners, and I would like to think society would hold together a little better than it did, at least over the short haul that was shown in the movie. Everyone was WAY too anxious to pull the trigger at any moment. Was their a special thanks listed in the credits for the donation made by the Brady's? ;)

Checkman
March 24, 2004, 05:33 PM
It's a bad movie and a typical lefty view of society. You know the viewpoint;people don't work together, anyone who is willing to fight or at least defend themselves is an idiot and the "bad" guy is actually misunderstood or just a harmless nutjob. There is more, but you get the idea.

Funny, but I was in Upperstate New York in Jan 98 when that part of the country got hit by a massive ice storm. Literally millions of folks (USA and Canada) were without power in the middle of the week. Then after a week or two the ice and snow began to melt and there was flooding. People didn't go bonkers and in the city next to Ft. Drum (watertown) there were no inccidents of looting, murder etc.

I'm not trying to make a point just a personal observation of mine. I've experienced a real life disaster. People kept it together.

Zach S
March 24, 2004, 05:51 PM
Havent seen it in years. Hated it then. Horrible flick.

Lagadelphia
March 24, 2004, 06:54 PM
Remember the blackout in the northern east last summer? No problems then either. That is one of the reasons I scoff at all of these SHTF senarios.

9/11 happened and the US didn't fall apart, we pulled together. The Blackout hit and we didn't descend into chaos, we hung out and actually talked to neighbors and things.

San Fransisco earthquake a number of years ago. You had people from all walks of life and backgrounds standing side by side helping out people they didn't know.

Many of the people on this board sell their fellow American's short I feel. Sure there are turds and their will be turds in events like this but the non turds far outweigh the turds.

mcneill
March 24, 2004, 07:36 PM
Travis McGee -

You got that right! But, who would play Ranya?

Jim

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