There’s no arguing the filmmaking talent behind Trespass, directed by Joel Schumacher, but what hits the screen is an embarrassingly clichéd home invasion thriller that doesn’t have a single drop of entertainment value.
The pic centers on a crafty business man (Nicolas Cage) who, along with his wife (Nicole Kidman) and daughter (Liana Liberato), are the victims of a home invasion. The intruders want Cage to open his safe, which holds hundreds of thousands of dollars and diamonds.
The first and foremost problem is that there truly is nothing at stake. The invaders aren’t threatening; all they do is spend the first 45 minutes screaming back and forth with Cage. There are no sexual advances on Kidman or Liberato, and none of the masked men/women physically assault Cage. They literally just throw spit at each other and make loud threats. An hour into the movie, one of the baddies tosses out a line that literally says it all: “ Let’s start over.” That is the point where the movie should have started. Things finally escalate, but by then it’s too little, too late.
Even more embarrassing is the jumbled third act that ends up playing like the “OC” skit on “SNL” (see below). And even worse of an offense are the onslaught of twists (if you can even call them that) that prompted me to exclaim “what a twist!” aloud on several occasions.
Trespass is a stupid movie, with even dumber characters, and an atrocious plot. It’s a pointless movie that does nothing to further the home invasion subgenre, and ultimately becomes a snoozer of a copycat that isn’t worth a second of your time.
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