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Trespass
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11.06.2011 By: Mathew Plale
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Director:
Joel Schumacher

Actors:
Nicolas Cage
Nicole Kidman
Ben Mendelsohn

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
A husband (Cage) and wife (Kidman) find themselves held captive by a group of bickering thieves who want cash, diamonds and more.
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
One of the most frightening things a homeowner can face is having their place broken into. Worse, they’re home and the would-be thieves have guns. That’s the situation Kyle and Sarah Miller find themselves in Joel Schumacher’s Trespass.

The robbers, who enter the state-of-the-art house dressed as police officers, want cash and diamonds. And the leader, Elias (Ben Mendelsohn), seems to know enough about Kyle (Nicolas Cage) and Sarah (Nicole Kidman) to remind them there’s a safe in the house with both.

There’s so much screaming, gun-pointing and negotiating in Trespass, it’s like the whole movie is supposed to be at a noisy, tedious climax. Thirty minutes in, the thieves--or “hooligans” as Kyle calls them--are arguing and turning on each other. One tells the other, “You didn’t take your pills!” Why would someone who needs prescription meds be taken along for a robbery? That pops up in one of the many expository flashbacks.

Bullets are fired and there’s a lot of yelling in the house, but nobody hears any of it because it was built in the middle of the woods. The audiences does, though, and so we know the whole situation inside is sloppy, misguided and has no apparent sensible motivation.

The same goes for the movie itself.
THE EXTRAS
Trespass: Inside the Thriller (5:09) is a standard promotional piece, with on-set footage, clips and interviews with director Joel Schumacher, stars Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman, co-writer Eli Richbourg, and more.

Behind the Scenes (12:38): There’s a lot going on (Schumacher working with his cast; scenes being shot; walls being taken down) but not much to see in this featurette.

Interviews with Cast & Crew (22:59): These are more of an extension of the first featurette, with Cage, Kidman and others offering their thoughts on the movie.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
By adding nothing original to the home invasion movie, Joel Schumacher has made a standard, unmotivated effort in Trespass. The material is below both Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman, too, despite their many recent missteps, and does nothing to redeem the stars’ reputations. If anything positive can be said of this disc, it’s that Millennium Media has done a fine job with the transfers, which create a better sense of tension than Schumacher did.
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