Trespass (2011) starring Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Ben Mendelsohn, Liana Liberato directed by Joel Schumacher Movie Review

Trespass (2011)   2/52/52/52/52/5

Nicole Kidman and Nicolas Cage in Trespass (2011)

Invasion on Your Time

Diamond dealer Kyle Miller (Nicolas Cage) returns home to his mansion, phone glued to his ear as he blusters down it not stopping to spend anything close to meaningful time with his wife Sarah (Nicole Kidman) and daughter Avery (Liana Liberato). But as each of the Miller's go about their business including Avery sneaking out to go to a party she was forbidden to go to things are going to change when four men invade the home and Kyle isn't going to just play along with what they want. Not only do the family find their real emotions being brought to the surface but a lot of secrets as well.

Let me tell you what "Trespass" wants to be, it wants to be this smart thriller where for example we begin to wonder why Kyle is not afraid when the raiders force their way in to his home. Is he behind this or is there some other reason why he doesn't fear dying? The trouble is that whilst all the plot points are there from Sarah having become bored in her marriage to Kyle having secrets it is simply not entertaining in the way it is intended as there is more excitement to be had chopping a carrot with your eyes closed.

The trouble with "Trespass" starts with the simple fact that by trying to create an evolving story where one thing causes another as the robbery causes Kyle to reveal the truth about something and then reveal something else it only ends up ridiculously contrived. It becomes far too far fetched that there is so much going on in one family with far too many unconvincing connections such as one involving Sarah and one of the robbers.

The other trouble is the acting with Nicolas Cage going for over the top and unconvincing as a diamond dealer with secrets whilst Nicole Kidman goes back and forth from bored to frantic. The trouble is that the character development lasts all of 5 minutes at the start and it is no where near enough to establish any sort of character let alone one we will either like or hate. In fact those opening 5 minutes are so forced and unconvincing about the only think it will do is make you mock the characters.

What this all boils down to is that "Trespass" doesn't work and is one of those movies which makes you think the actors and crew turned up for because it was a pay check and not because they had any interest in making the movie.