Trespass [Blu-ray] [Import]
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What happens when a man with everything a beautiful wife (Nicole Kidman), a teenage daughter (Liana Liberato) and a wealthy estate is confronted with the reality of losing it all? That is what Kyle Miller (Nicolas Cage) must come to terms with as he and his family become the victims of a vicious home invasion. Led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn) and Jonah (Cam Gigandet), a gang of cold-blooded thugs holds Kyle and his loved ones hostage as they carry out their plans to take everything that Kyle holds dear, including his life.
Kyle and Sarah Miller (Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman) are minding their own business, enjoying the fruits of his lavish success as a diamond salesman. Well, maybe not "enjoying"--there are hints this marriage isn't exactly fulfilling either spouse. Out of the blue, a gang of jewel thieves arrive to take the couple hostage, find the loot, and threaten their teenage daughter (Liana Liberato) in the bargain. And with that setup, Trespass is off and running for 90 minutes of pretty-near nonstop crazy-time, as the thieves begin to unravel and motor-mouth Kyle tries to talk them out of whatever latest strategy they attempt. When you learn that the film is directed by Joel (Batman & Robin) Schumacher, you may assume that the tone will be lurid, and it is. But darned if Schumacher doesn't manage to make a guilty-pleasure sort of experience out of the hothouse dialogue and rampant overplaying; if this movie had been produced on a low budget with unknown actors, it would probably be hailed as a B-movie sleeper. Cage overdoes the nerd factor, but Kidman manages to find some eerie moments (and cinematographer Andrzej Bartkowiak sure knows how to photograph her). Adding value is the chief hostage-taker, Ben Mendelsohn, whose sinister performance in Animal Planet marked him as a villain to watch; here, he memorably tries to keep it together as he juggles his fragile brother (Cam Gigandet), a trigger-happy henchman (Dash Mihok), and a strung-out girlfriend (Jordana Spiro). For the record, the absurd plot turns are almost impossible to defend, but the movie hurtles along so insanely you may not have time to care. --Robert Horton --This text refers to the DVD edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Once the characters are quickly established the movie turns into a home break-in film. Avery is not at home because she disobeyed her parents to go to a party with Kendra...a party that has the forbidden older boys!
While Kyle and his wife are being bullied and threatened, Kyle is attempting to figure out who these people are from indirect clues they give him. Cage manages to cause disharmony among the thieves. There are flashbacks as Kyle and Kidman think they know who these people are. As it turns out they both have their dirty little secrets. Excellent job by the actors. Fairly decent script for a home break-in which is normally a "B" movie. Good script with multiple twists and they weave seeming useless things from the beginning into the mesh. One of the better home break-in films. If you liked this one try the new version of "Mother's Day."
One of the thieves, Jordana Spiro, for some reason feels she must look around upstairs in her bra and panties. Thanks.
F-bomb. No sex. No nudity.
The story finds Cage as a diamond buyer/seller.As he rolls home to see his wife and daughter whom he hasn't seen in a few days,he is on the phone to a potential client for whom he must dash out later to clinch a deal.After a fairly brief stay he is going out when the "police" show up at his gate wanting to see them about burglaries in the area.When they open the door three men and a woman burst in and the game is on;they're there to steal his stash of diamonds and/or cash.
As the heist progresses we learn that one of the burglars has more than a passing interest in his wife and in fact was in the house posing as an electrician of sorts and casing the joint.While they think they know Cage's m.o.,it eventually comes out that Cage is in fact broke.He lost his permanent job and has been just eking by with little sales now and again which barely keeps their heads above water.After much torture and threats Cage finally opens the safe to them and nothing is in there.By this time the group are starting to get antsy and time is running out,as it seems one of them owes their boss almost $200,000 from drugs that were stolen off of him.
The end of the film comes down to a confrontation in the still under construction part of their new house.A well placed scuffle later and a hidden wall is opened which reveals a huge amount of cash Cage hid,so if the bank repossessed the house they would have at least something.But now one of the men is going to shoot Kidman and the other shoots him dead.Read more ›