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Trespass - DVD Review


Review by Rob Carnevale

IndieLondon Rating: 2 out of 5

NICOLAS Cage remains one of Hollywood’s most infuriating leading men. When he’s good, he’s quite often brilliant. When he’s bad, he’s really, really awful.

Trespass marks his reunion with director Joel Schumacher (of 8MM fame) and is a home invasion thriller that’s designed to play on people’s primal fear of being attacked at home.

What emerges is an insanely stupid, unnecessarily loud piece of work that also squanders the talents of another Oscar winner, Nicole Kidman (who last worked with Schumacher on Batman Forever), as well as the emerging likes of Animal Kingdom’s Ben Mendelsohn and Trust’s Liana Liberato.

The premise is relatively straight-forward: fast-talking diamond dealer Kyle Miller (Cage) and his wife Sarah (Kidman) must try and outwit the gang of increasingly desperate thieves (led by Mendelsohn’s psycho) who have entered their home intent on stealing their fortune.

But as the stakes become ever more raised, revelations are made about the personal circumstances of everyone involved that threaten the survival prospects of one and all.

To be fair, all the ingredients are in place for a taut pot-boiler of a thriller that ought to keep viewers gripped through every bluff and counter bluff.
But neither director nor cast are helped by Karl Gajdusek’s hysterical screenplay that insists on tossing in one laughably contrived ‘twist’ after another, thereby dissipating any tension and removing any plausibility.

Schumacher attempts to compensate by repeatedly have characters issue ‘do-or-die’ ultimatums that quickly feel laboured, while his actors shout at each other to often deafening effect.

Cage, for his part, gets to indulge his inner crazy but even that’s not enough to save the resulting mess, while the likes of Kidman, Liberato and Mendelsohn are wasted in roles that are, at best, stereotypical as well as downright annoying.

In the US, Trespass was pulled from cinemas after just 10 days following a disastrous box office run and a ruthless critical mauling. Given the intrusion upon viewers’ time and intelligence it deserves to suffer a similar fate in the UK.

Certificate: 15
Running time: 91mins
UK DVD & Blu-ray Release: March 19, 2012