Nicolas Cage (Bad Lieutenant
) plays Kyle Miller - a sharp-suited and even sharper-tongued diamond broker. His lifestyle has afforded him a beautiful wife, Sarah (Nicole Kidman - Eyes Wide Shut
) a daughter, Avery (Liana Liberato - Last Sin Eater
) and an even more beautiful mansion in the sticks. Things look pretty sweet for Kyle until his house is invaded by a group of armed thugs and they hold everyone hostage, demanding that Kyle open the biometric-safe on the wall. However things are not as straight forward as they seem; as fractures appear within the invader's group led by Elias (Ben Mendelsohn - Killer Elite
) & one of the group keeps eyeing Sarah knowingly - just what is going on here?
Trespass is a tense and well-filmed affair, the mix of obvious amateurs & hardened professionals within the invaders group piques your interest from the off as it is obvious this is no regular hold-up. When this is coupled with Cage's silver-tongued performance trying to outwit the invaders it makes for an interesting stand-off. Everyone's acting is solid and Kidman deserves a mention for her truly unreadable performance and Cage only really goes 'hyper-Cage' once. Unfortunately, aside from Mendolsohn, the invasion crew are just a bunch of bit-parters and it really shows, a lot of the script is cheesily delivered and rather predictable. It's not that they didn't try; there is twist after twist, but you see every single one coming a mile off, the script is that obvious.
Extras: Just the one - "Trespass: Inside the Thriller" A 5-minute, on-the-set, featurette with comments from director Joel Schumacher & the rest of the cast.
It's difficult to pick apart exactly what is wrong with Trespass without revealing the story, but suffice to say, there are some scenes that are laughable and there are several points where things become a bit illogical. The ending is a real letdown and becomes a joke due to a dubious use of a nail gun - It's as if someone took an existing home invasion movie (Hostage
or Funny Games
) and then tacked on their own minor plot variations. The result falls well short of Fincher's Panic Room
but it's not unwatchable.