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Joel Schumacher
Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet, Liana Liberto, Ben Mendelsohn, Jordana Spiro, Dash Mihok
Writing Credits:
Karl Gajdusek

When terror is at your door, you can run, or you can fight.

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.

Box Office:
$35 million.
Opening Weekend
$16.816 thousand on 10 screens.
Domestic Gross
$16.816 thousand.

Rated R

Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
English Dolby TrueHD 5.1
English Stereo 2.0
Supplements Subtitles:

Runtime: 91 min.
Price: $29.99
Release Date: 11/1/2011

• “Inside the Thriller” Featurette
• Trailer
• Previews


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Trespass [Blu-Ray] (2011)

Reviewed by Colin Jacobson (January 3, 2012)

When a movie that features a big-name actor goes straight to video, I’m always a little surprised, but it happens enough that it doesn’t shock me. However, when a project that involves two major stars follows this path, I’m really surprised.

Today’s example of this unusual phenomenon: 2011’s Trespass. A look at IMDB reveals that the film did get a minor theatrical run, but since it never appeared on more than 10 screens and made a miniscule $16,000, I think it can be accepted as a direct-to-video project.

Why? I have no idea. Not only does it star Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage, but also it comes from one-time big-name director Joel Schumacher. He seems to be turning into the king of the direct-to-video flick these days, as none of Schumacher’s last three movies received significant theatrical exhibition.

However, the last two – 2009’s Blood Creek and 2010’s Twelve - didn’t star super-famous Oscar-winning actors, so I could understand their lower profiles. I can’t figure out what kept Trespass from the screens – unless someone thought it stunk so bad that it would be a financial negative to throw it to the multiplex wolves.

So consider my curiosity piqued! Trespass introduces us to high-end jeweler Kyle Miller (Cage), wife Sarah (Kidman) and teen daughter Avery (Liana Liberato). A group of crooks disguised as cops invade their home and demand that Kyle hand over the contents of their safe. He refuses – and all hell breaks loose.

While the “home invasion” genre isn’t exactly new and fresh, that doesn’t mean it can’t provide excitement. And we do get the occasional thrill from Trespass, though these dissipate before long, as the film quickly turns into a morass of idiocy and plot twists.

Oh, all those plot twists – each one twistier than the last! During the first act, we can swallow the improbable story points; sure, they don’t seem to make a lot of sense, but heck, they’re kind of fun.

For a while, and then the viewer seems likely to shout “enough already!” and toss a boot at the screen. Not that much about the movie makes a ton of sense from the start. A discussion of all these ups and downs would inevitably involve spoilers, so I’ll skip that section. Suffice it to say that not much about the story makes sense, and you’ll find more dumb behavior on display than you could possibly imagine would be packed into one 90-minute movie.

The main problem stems from the general nature of the plot, and that’s an issue with most “home invasion” flicks. When you send criminals into someone’s house and have the inhabitants threatened with death/pain if they don’t hand over the goods, you need to find creative ways to sustain the tension. After all, a movie like this logically should end about three minutes after the crooks arrive on the scene: either the baddies get their loot or they kill the residents.

Since few people want to pay to see a 15-minute movie – as we’ll allow for 12 minutes of pre-invasion exposition – the filmmakers must come up with twists to extend the action. In pretty good flicks like Panic Room or Hostage, the script delivers a good array of to maintain our interest. Some of these may stretch credulity, but they don’t throw all logic over the cliff.

Unfortunately, Trespass locks logic into a little hut and then blows the crap out of it. With every passing minute, the movie makes less sense and it becomes clearer that all those twisty twists exist solely because no one involved knows how to create a more believable thriller.

So that means we end up with one in which almost every minute comes packed with shouting and/or crying and every genre cliché gets its screen time. The movie remains reasonably interesting for a while, and I admit that a couple of the twists are pretty good, but the end product seems too idiotic and overwrought to keep us involved.

The Disc Grades: Picture B-/ Audio B-/ Bonus D-

Trespass appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 2.35:1 on this Blu-Ray Disc. The movie came with a decent but not great presentation.

Sharpness was adequate. While the film never displayed terrific clarity, it also failed to become too soft or ill-defined. In general, it delivered acceptable accuracy but nothing better. No issues with jagged edges or shimmering occurred, and I noticed no edge haloes. Source flaws also failed to appear in this clean presentation.

Colors were fine. The movie went with somewhat heavy, stylized tones, but these never became too over the top, and they looked fairly well-reproduced. Blacks seemed deep and dense, while shadows were okay; a few shots seemed a bit too opaque, however. I thought the movie always remained watchable but it wasn’t as good an image as I’d expect from a recent film.

I felt the Dolby TrueHD 5.1 soundtrack worked fine for the material. Most of the soundfield focused on “tension moments”, with music stings and occasional examples of gunfire. Not a whole lot opened up the room, but the mix added occasional pizzazz and seemed acceptable for a thriller such as this.

Audio quality was positive. Speech seemed reasonably natural and concise. Music showed good range and heft, while effects were acceptably accurate and clear. This never became a memorable mix, but it was more than sufficient for the story.

Almost no extras appear here. A featurette called Inside the Thriller runs five minutes, seven seconds and includes comments from director Joel Schumacher, writer Eli Richbourg, producer Rene Besson, and actors Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Liana Liberato, Ben Mendelsohn, and Cam Gigandet. We get notes about the story, the characters and the set. This is a promotional fluff piece and nothing more.

The disc opens with ads for Faces in the Crowd, Puncture, Blitz and Trust. These also appear under Previews along with the trailer for Trespass.

With a slew of ridiculous plot twists and a consistently overwrought presentation, Trespass provides a loud, grating thriller. Although it starts acceptably well, it quickly degenerates into an over the top mess that boasts little to no real tension or drama. The Blu-ray offers reasonably good picture and audio but lacks substantial supplements. Skip this tiresome flick.

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