In Trespass, Nicolas Cages plays Kyle, a wealthy diamond broker whose sole attention to his work is driving a wedge between him and his wife. As he’s about to head out for another business meeting instead of eating dinner with his frustrated wife Sarah (Nicole Kidman), the police turn up to talk to them about a rash of burglaries that have been going down in the neighborhood. But surprise, they arn’t cops, this is a home invasion, and they’re after Kyles diamonds and cash. Luckily Kyle and Sarah’s daughter has snuck out for the night…
Sound familiar? It should. It’s the basic premise for any home invasion film, and it doesn’t really come up with anything new. Both Cage and Kidman seem to be going through the motions, to the point that you start to wonder why Cage even bothers making films anymore.
But then the film gets a little bit twisted with a few plot turns that you didn’t expect. The action heats up, and then something truly spectacular happens.
Whilst verging on the edge of becoming a B Grade flick, the characters suddenly seem to be having a competition to see who can act the craziest. Jordana Spiro goes absolutely mental as a crack addicted girlfriend of the one the invaders, getting dressed up in Sarah’s clothes and and smoking crack in ever other scene, going toe to toe with Cage for the crazy stakes.
There may be nothing new, but the second half is a pure joy to watch as they whole show dissolves into a gleeful spiral of self destruction and violent fun.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read