MFR Rating: ★ ★
Trespass begins by feeling perfectly acceptable, providing the false hope that you might be in for something loosely entertaining. Just as you’re getting comfortable, absurd lashes upon absurd, leading to an utter mess of a plot and some unintended comedy.
Trespass stars Nicholas Cage as a wealthy diamond dealer married to his wife played by Nicole Kidman, whose lavish house comes under siege by a group of criminals, threatening his family and pointing guns everywhere. And when I say guns are pointed everywhere, guns really are pointed everywhere. I challenge anyone to find a scene after the opening 15 minutes of the movie when a gun isn’t pointed at someone. There’s a very good quote from boss Michael Scott in an episode of the US version of The Office where he’s talking about his techniques in his evening improv classes:
Think about it. What’s the most exciting thing that can happen in a movie or on TV or in real life? Someone has a gun. That’s why I always start with a gun. Try and top it. You can’t.
Trespass has certainly read the Michael Scott manual on screenplay. Accept when everyone is pointing guns at everyone non-stop, and people start randomly switching allegiances, you notice that suddenly there are 4 or 5 guns being pointed in a particular scene and you don’t care about any of them. The lesson here is that (unsurprisingly), Michael Scott is wrong. Guns do not produce tension on their own but by flashing them absolutely everywhere the film just dwindles into irrelevance.
The plot gradually becomes more and more contrived, which is such a shame as the beginning was a nice, simple heist but quickly the characters make no sense and you realize they are only doing things for the sake of creating tension because really their actions are utterly contrived. The film features a VERY strong orange colour scene, which is overpoweringly obvious and like most of the film, Director Joel Schumacher could have scaled it down a notch. Nicholas Cage and the rest of the cast are pretty expressionless and just like the audience, seem glad for the ordeal to end.
Trespass got a more or less straight to DVD release in the States and you can see why. Utterly forgettable, incredibly silly, occasionally watchable and generally inadequate b-movie drivel – that pretty much sums it up.
Trespass is out on now in the UK. Running time: 91 mins. Certificate 15 (UK).
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Review by David Rank