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The script is just dire. It's only so long before the constant screaming and shouting becomes tedious and annoying. Too many of the scenes felt unrealistic and repetitive, and the middle part of the film goes absolutely nowhere. The constant crying and screaming really grated on me after a while and I felt a sense of relief when the end credits rolled. 'Trespass' is just dreadful.
The cinematography on this film is pretty lackluster. The acting here is awful. I appreciate Cage trying to chew up as much of the scenery as possible in this one. I can see why he got nominated for a Razzie. And the amount of yelling, screaming, and crying in this movie is through the roof! Rarely are we talking with our normal voices and tones in this one; it can get exhausting.
This is an extremely forgettable thriller. The only positive is it runs about 90 minutes so you can be in and out of this one pretty quickly. Probably best to just ignore it though.
** (out of 4)
Kyle Miller (Nicolas Cage) and his wife Sarah (Nicole Kidman) find themselves being held hostage by four masked criminals who are demanding that he open the safe. The criminals believe that there are some priceless diamonds in the safe but Kyle fears that if he hands them over that they'll kill the family. Soon a cat and mouse game is going on.
Joel Schumacher is a director that often leads to a large debate over the quality or lack of quality in regards to his movie. I personally think the man has messed up a lot of potentially good movies and this film owes part of the blame to him. However, the biggest issue with this movie is that it features one of the dumbest and most boring screenplays that you'll ever see. I mean, there are some interesting ideas scattered throughout the film but sadly they're all thrown away because of some really poor characters and some really annoying situations.
I would have to give away several spoilers to really explain why this movie was so stupid but I'm going to avoid doing that. The biggest problem I had with the film is that all of the characters were so poorly written that I just wanted to jump through the screen and kill them all. Every single one of the characters did non-stop stupid things and after a while it just became really annoying. The screenplay tries to throw in one twist after another but none of them are well thought out and they too just become annoying.
The films clocks in less than 90-minutes without the end credits and it's meant to be a tight thriller that keeps you on the edge of your seat. Sadly, that never happens because Schumacher just doesn't bring any tension or suspense to the screen. Yes, the screenplay is partially to blame because do we ever really fear these crooks? I didn't because to me they weren't threatening and I'd argue that they were nothing more than a bunch of idiots.
As far as Cage goes, he gives a pretty over-the-top performance at times with some of the screaming getting a couple laughs. With that said, he is Nicolas Cage and he is still good enough to hold your attention throughout all the camp. The supporting performances were mostly good but one does have to wonder why Kidman would attach herself to a film like this. She usually does much better projects so I'm going to guess it was due to a favor for the director? Either way, TRESPASS is a really silly movie that's mildly entertaining but it's so frustrating to sit through because it should have been better.
I watched this with my missus when our first choice of a film did not work. but glad to see it instead.
Almost all takes place in one location, but delivers. Do not get disheartened by the low ratings and give a chance when in mood. you won't be disappointed.
Normally not keen on mr Cage, but he is rather superb here. Cannot decide whether the lady was really nicole kidman, or someone else, though. She looked very thin. and much older than i remembered.
So there you have it, I'm not recommending this film, but go out and see it if you really want to. It's important to make up your own opinion...
Worse than being unoriginal and predictable, there are random sub- plots which do nothing but pad the story. The random detours, initially there for shock value and always seeming contrived, wear thin very quickly.
Performances are OK. Not surprised to see Nicholas Cage in this crappy movie: he likes to mix profound movies with outright trash. You would think Nicole Kidman would be more choosy though. Liana Liberato puts in a solid performance and is a star of the future.
It's just too goddam sad and depressing at times (with little emotional payoff afterward) to be extremely enjoyable. The pacing also seems way off. There are several times you think the movie is over, and then more emotionally draining violence against unarmed victims ensues. That's kinda not a good thing here. The film also suffers a little in comparison with the terrifying recent horror film, "The Strangers" (2008).
I'd give "Trespass" a 6 out of 10.
The premise of Trespass is simple: Nic Cage plays a diamond dealer who lives in a beautiful house with his wife and daughter, and some thugs break into the house one day to steal his stash. Nicole Kidman plays his wife who feels distant from her hard-working husband, and the daughter is a typical rebellious teen that sneaks out and goes to a party behind her parents' back. Nothing special.
What makes this movie interesting is the performances. Cage taps into his subtlety - something he rarely does these days - which helps the tension and uneasiness of the atmosphere build until he finally bursts (on more than one occasion). And you never really know what is going through his head. These characters have secrets, all of them, and herein lies most of the film's faults.
The villains in this movie are a mixed bag. Each of the burglars have their own agenda that we find out over the course of the movie through the use of flashbacks and security cam footage. Some of the reveals are a pleasant surprise, others leave you scratching your head. It gets to the point that they're trying to intertwine all these villains' motives together but it ends up feeling forced and underwhelming. However, it is nice that they tried to do something different. Also Ben Mendelsohn's performance as the lead maniac and his eccentric back-and-forth between Cage really adds to the gravity of the situation and makes for a gripping protagonist-antagonist dynamic.
So to wrap up, this is not a thinking man's movie. You can try to put all the pieces together at the end but you'll only end up confused and disappointed - it's not worth the effort. The best thing you can do is grab some popcorn, turn off your brain and watch the events unravel before your eyes. You won't remember this movie as one of Cage's best that's for sure, but it's far from his worst. A good date movie? Sure. It's only 90 minutes, and if you're a fan of Nicolas Cage, you'll surely get at least some enjoyment from Trespass.
What Schumacher did well was to keep the pacing taut and avoid maudlin bloat. That, however, doesn't make up for lack of real substance. Personally I felt it was a waste of normally great actors and could easily have been handled by lesser talent - there was one perplexing thing about Kidman's performance, however: her accent was all over the place. One can't blame any of the cast for not fleshing out their characters well, as there just wasn't any real opportunity for that sort of thing.
To summarize, yes I found it disappointingly unoriginal, but as a 'what you see is what you get' genre piece it most certainly could have been much worse. Watch if you're bored or happen to love predictable home invasion stories; avoid if you're planning to use your brain to dissect it during and after viewing.
There are a lot of questionable motives coming from Kyle. I don't understand why he won't open the safe. I don't understand why he tells them about the fake diamond necklace. The most obvious play is to plead poverty and hope the necklace is enough to get rid of the robbers. So they saw him with a bag of cash. Unless they're following him 24/7, he could always say that he already paid somebody else. It's ridiculous to fight them on opening the safe. Looking back on the film, I don't see what his play was at the time. They could have chopped off his fingers one at a time until he opened it. And this also has one of my personal worst pet peeves. Why doesn't criminals ever wear gloves? Director Joel Schumacher tries to amp up on every ugly thriller move. That would only work if the script works and this script doesn't.
Trespass is part of this new genre of thriller/horrors, known as 'home invasion movies.' Basically, a gang of unlikeables enters a lovable family's home and threatens them/robs them etc. Will Mr and Mrs Average survive and dish out some well-deserved retribution along the way? In the case of Trespass, who cares? It's a pretty basic film - basic plot, basic script, basic characters and even basic acting from two stars who should know better. The characters spout clichés - the robbers shout, the hostages scream and any small plot development or motivation you can see coming a mile off (I won't give anything away, just in case you don't).
It's not the worst film of its genre by far. I didn't feel like I'd totally wasted an hour and a half of my life. It's just it should have been better, bearing in mind who was in it. I don't know what Cage and Kidman were thinking, agreeing to star in this.
Bottom line - it'll never be more than 'just okay' (and there was something severely strange about Nicholas Cage's hair - I couldn't put my finger on it).
Each scene seems dragged out to breaking point. There are ridiculous sub-plots (like the kidney stuff) which go nowhere and only seem to have been influenced to pad out the running time. Sure, there's suspense here and some well-handled action, but it's essentially a movie which sees its cast of characters shouting and screaming at each other for an hour and a half, which is wearying in the extreme.
I'm a bit ambivalent over Cage, as some of his films I love (such as KNOWING) and others I hate (THE WICKER MAN remake, obviously). But he's shrill and shouty here, and his character a bit of a jerk. Still, he's better than Nicole Kidman, who still seems to be trying to act like a young sexpot despite her advancing years; I can't help but feel a little sorry for her. The supporting actors are acceptable, but none of them stand out and there are one or two weak links in the chain (Cam Gigandet seems particularly out of his depth). TRESPASS isn't the worst film I've seen, but it is disappointingly formulaic for a Hollywood flick.
The truth is, this isn't really entertainment. It's like being locked in a tight space with someone who hasn't washed for a month yelling and screaming in your face for 4 hours. It's a mean spirited and repetitive film which I'd already half forgotten the next day. I was so bored I was half asleep during the second half. With many clichés and no thrills at all, Trespass is lacking in any fun or excitement at all. Thankfully there is justice in the world after all, and this bombed at the box office. Rarely has a film deserved to bomb more than this useless, lame, lifeless garbage. The film does nothing but scream at you for 90 minutes and a result it feels like 190 minutes. A painfully dull film which should only be watched if you're having difficulty sleeping, this is so lacklustre and tedious there really isn't a lot more to say that hasn't already been said. In a year full of awful films, this undoubtedly one of the worst. Still, this is supposed to be a claustrophobic thriller and it's so bad when watching the film it can feel claustrophobic so they manage to let the audience emphasize with the characters. That's...something I guess.
Joel Schumacher directs a super cast that also includes Ben Mendelsohn and Liana Liberato, in this wildly over the top home invasion thriller. At first glance it seems like a standard robbery, but the makers aim for something more complex via character dynamics, which works up until the mid-point, but after that it spirals out of control and the twists and flash backs become boorish. The dialogue is often awfully trite and the finale is too WTF to pay you off your patience. Ouch. 5/10
I have to say, though, that the story picks up speed. There's a lot of twists and turns involved, and - more to the point - there are so many lies being told by almost everyone involved in this that there comes a point when you aren't really sure who's telling the truth and who's not, or why what's happening is actually happening. So I give credit to those who put this together for taking a very well worn premise and turning it into something that actually did capture and hold my attention.
Cage and Kidman were both pretty good in their roles - Cage as a diamond dealer, and Kidman as his wife. I didn't find anything spectacular about their performances, but both were solid, and the movie makes all those twists and turns, and eventually the lies are sorted out and the end result is a pretty decent take on that well worn home invasion scenario. (7/10)