Movie Review: Trespass

Posted on October 22, 2011

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By Geoff Ratliff

Nicolas Cage relegated to straight to pay-per-view movies? Say it ain’t so! This is even more shocking considering that Nicole Kidman is his co-star and Joel Schumaker directed the film. How did this happen? I understand Cage has some serious IRS issues, so no career move can be questioned once Uncle Sam starts asking for his cut plus interest; but Schumaker and Kidman? Is that Keith Urban Money drying up that quick?

Regardless of the reason, I am an unapologetic Nic Cage fan, so anytime he drops a new film, I’m there. This has resulted in some regrettable movie going experiences in the past year, but like a parent that chooses to ignore the failures of their own child, I keep throwing money at the problem, blindly hoping that my guy will one day return to his glory days. At this point my standards are considerably lower for what passes off as an enjoyable Nicolas Cage performance: usually I just want to see my man act a little crazy, and blow some stuff up. In that regard, Trespass does not disappoint.

Lest any of you true movie geeks be deceived by the title, this is not a reboot of the 1992 hood classic starring Ice-T, Ice Cube, and Bill Paxton. The 2011 version is a story of a diamond broker named Kyle Miller (Cage) and his wife Sarah (Kidman) who are marked for a home burglary by a band of desperate petty criminals. What should be a routine in and out job gets complicated when Kyle first tries to talk his way out of being robbed, and then decides to fight for the life of his wife and teenage daughter Avery (Laina Liberato). Of course nothing goes according to plan and the whole ordeal becomes a heavily sorted mess for the family and the robbers.

Like any suspense/thriller worth it’s weight, this film had several subplots and turns, but unlike most films in this genre, many of these were unforeseen and/or made a lot of common sense. Early in the movie, Kyle tries to use his knowledge of the diamond trade to talk his way out of opening the safe in his home, and while most movies bypass this common sense approach to being robbed, the movie spends a fair amount of time playing this angle. Really it’s what anyone with any sense would do under the circumstances.

The movie is not all good news however. The constant screaming by the Millers gets a bit annoying, and frankly lacks plausibility because I can say from experience that when someone has a gun pointed at you and tells you to shut the f%*k up, you shut the f*%k up. There’s also the issue of the over-the-top ending which frankly look as if it was taken straight out of the 2005 Bruce Willis flick Hostage. With that said, nobody does crazy like Nic Cage, and he certainly does not disappoint in this latest role. I am, however, still waiting for my wayward child to come to his senses.

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