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Trespass: Overstepping clichés

By Zul AndraMovies - 14 March 2012 12:00 AM

Trespass: Overstepping clichés

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Rating: 0 out of 5 stars 

The Cast: Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberato, Nico Tortorella

The Buzz: DirectorJoel Schumacher is reunited with Kidman and Cage after working with them in “Batman Forever” and “8MM” respectively.

The Story: All is going well for the wealthy Miller family. Kyle (Nicholas Cage) is a seemingly successful diamond broker, Sarah (Nicole Kidman) is the ever-loving and beautiful wife, and their daughter, Avery (Liana Liberato) is your average rebellious teenage daughter. In a blink of eye, their lives are put in danger as four thugs in security uniforms invade their huge gated waterfront house. As Kyle tries to keeps his side of the leverage by refusing to open the safe filled with diamonds and cash, the robbers start questioning each other’s motive and Sarah’s secret with one of them is slowly revealed. thinks: This film is about desperation. We are not talking about the core of the film; we are talking about the studio’s decision to even release this film in the first place. The “family held hostage by violent robbers” model rings so many predictability bells, it’ll deafen your senses right in the first few minutes of the film.

It’s so predictable, you can even draw the storyboard -if you are so inclined- in the cinema, in the dark; and it will still turn out as expected. Heck, you can even not watch the film and deliver a precise monologue based on what you know.

While Cage fit the casting bill for this desperation issue (financial woes and all), Kidman did not. After both films with Schumacher flopped, one wonders why they even bothered to read the script –or if they read it at all. Guess they just read the value on the paycheck.

Kidman went on to make really great films after “Batman Forever” (“Eyes Wide Shut”, “Moulin Rouge!” and an Oscar win for her role in “The Hours”), Cage made weirder ones (“Grindhouse” and voices for a whole host of animated films.) Here they are together, making a whole lot of noise and fury.

The conversational racket plays out like a racquet game:

"Open the safe or we’ll kill your family"
"Let my family go and I’ll open the safe.”
"No, open the safe then I’ll let them go"
"No, you will kill us if I open the safe."

Why don’t you guys stop fighting and not make this film? That would’ve saved everyone a whole lot of time and money.

Let’s not forget Cage’s signature intense line delivery: "Leave. My family. (Long pause). Alone." We wouldn’t be surprised if that kind of thing gradually evokes a standing ovation -one that leads you out of the theatre. Even that squirrel implanted by the makeup artists on Cage’s scalp screams: “Why, Cage? Why?”

We would pay with our ticket price to not watch “Trespass”. That’s how bad it was. We wouldn’t even bother delving on the backstory, plot or direction, because at the end of the day the film does not deserve to be wasted on anyone’s time.

Not surprising that “Trespass” is the fastest film to be released on DVD after its theatre release (18 days) compared to “From Justin to Kelly” in 29 days.