Friday, August 01, 2014

"Trespass:, a B-movie from high-profile performers, does play the indignation card about "the rich"

The thriller film “Trespass” has high profile director, Joel Schumacher, and cast (Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman as Kyle and Sarah Miller, a rich couple living on the water on a gated estate in the South (Louisiana, of course).  Kyle is in the diamond business, and says he is a “middleman”, living off of borrowed wealth, not really part of the top 1%.  That may be critical.  The film will not do any good for people or companies that make a living selling (or collecting donations) door-to-door.
Teen daughter Avery (Liana Liberato) sneaks out (climbing a fence) to a wild party.  Then a team of fake cops shows up, using the ruse to mount a home invasion to get the diamonds. She gets back at the wrong time.
To some extent this is a conventional thriller, and it did not do a lot in theaters (I think it was at some AMC theaters briefly) and went to DVD (on “independent” distributor Millennium) quickly in late 2011.  But it plays some cards of revolutionary ideology, as it weaves the back stories of the four intruders with the possibility of affairs by Miller in the past.  There are lines like “this is my house now”, which in a sense is literally true, a feeling which seems to embolden brazen crime.   For a while, Kyle tries to argue that the criminals will get caught, that there is no way they can get away with trafficking stolen diamonds, but the criminals insist they can force him to be part of their plot, of course. It even, at one point, suggests that the daughter could be forced to give up a kidney to save the mother of one of the robbers, who says he is a “family man” too.  It also tests whether home security companies can detect forced “lies” on the phone during invasions.  They usually can. (The cops show up, but not in time to save the house.) There’s an existential question, too, whether Kyle’s life would be OK without the money.  There is an auto crash scene that is brief but well done.

The official site is here  (Millennium, and Saturn Films). The film can be rented on YouTube for $5.99.
In the final analysis, this is a stereotyped “B Movie”. 

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