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The Trust
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08.25.2016 By: Jason Adams
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Director:
Alex Brewer, Ben Brewer

Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Elijah Wood
Jerry Lewis

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
Two disillusioned cops stumble upon the location of a drug dealer’s private safe and, thinking it will be an easy score, decide to steal it all.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?

He may have spent the better part of this decade making unmemorable, sometimes embarrassing career decisions, but I always feel like Nicolas Cage is one solid role from making a comeback. THE TRUST is a good start in the right direction.

This is low budget, straight-to-video fare like most of Cage's recent output, but with quality writing and performances to spruce it up. It's a solid character piece with great work from both Cage and Elijah Wood, who have a good rapport and are surprisingly funny together. Cage in particular seems to sink his teeth in to the character, playing someone who's ostensibly a good guy with just enough darkness, edge and quirks to give the actor something to do. Fans of the performer will also be happy to note there’s quite a few trademark Cage-isms throughout THE TRUST.

The story is simple enough—two unappreciated cops decide to rob what they think will be an easy target—but it builds tension nicely as the plot progresses, balancing a tricky "dramedy" tone in the process along with a couple twists and turns. (Not to mention, it's refreshing seeing a Vegas heist movie set in the seedy, non-flashy areas away from the strip.) The ending isn't as strong as the first couple of acts with some questionable character motivations, but overall I was pretty satisfied with how everything went down.

Also, a lot was made about this being Jerry Lewis’ first onscreen role in a long time. He plays Cage’s father in what is barely a cameo in one and a half scenes, so don't expect too much on that front.

THE EXTRAS

Commentary by directors Alex and David Brewer: This is the rare time where having two people bouncing back and forth makes for a worse commentary. The brothers obviously have a good rapport and plenty to say about the film, but they too often get sidetracked by random irrelevant information and joking around with each other. Not informative enough to recommend.

The Dynamic Duo (5:40): Cage and Wood discuss what drew them to the project and the directors talk about how crucial each actor is to a small production like this. Standard stuff.

The Visuals of Vegas (5:27): An interesting piece on shooting in the real Las Vegas outside of the strip. Cage also discusses his love of the city.

A Digital Copy is also included.

FINAL DIAGNOSIS

THE TRUST is a solid effort from Nicolas Cage (and Elijah Wood) and better than most DTV flicks. The final act falters a bit, but this is still worth checking out for Cage fans.

Extra Tidbit: Jack Huston was originally cast in the Elijah Wood role, but had to drop out due to scheduling conflicts with the BEN HUR remake.

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