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Trespass

MPAA Rating: R for violence and terror, pervasive language and some brief drug use.

Reviewed by: Alexander Malsan
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Very Offensive
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Primary Audience:
Adults
Genre:
Action Adventure Crime Thriller Drama
Length:
1 hr. 31 min.
Year of Release:
2011
USA Release:
October 14, 2011 (limited—10 theaters)
DVD: November 1, 2011
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Featuring: Nicolas CageKyle
Nicole KidmanSarah
Cam GigandetJonah Collins
Ben Mendelsohn
Liana Liberato … Avery
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Director: Joel Schumacher—“The Phantom of the Opera,” “Batman Forever,” “Phone Booth,” “The Number 23
Producer: Millennium Films
Nu Image Films
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Distributor: Millennium Films

“When terror is at your doorstep you can run, or you can fight.”

Nicolas Cage plays an everyday businessman, Kyle Miller, struggling with his obligations to work and to his wife Sarah (Nicole Kidman) and their daughter Avery (Liana Liberato) . However, everything is about to change for this family, when a group of criminals, posing as police officers, break into the house and terrorize the family. However, as the synopsis of the movie states, this family’s not going to go down “without a fight.”

I honestly don’t know where to begin with this film. I had seen the previews for “Trespass,” and thought it might be a good film. It was, for the most part. Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman put in good performances. Even the criminals put on a good show. The only person I wasn’t impressed with was Liana Liberato. I felt her acting needed a little more work, but she still did a decent job, nonetheless. The music was okay, as well as the camera work.

Unfortunately, for this film, there is so much objectionable material, it will be difficult to list all of it…

Violence: The violence is very heavy (even to the point where I might say it was extreme). As mentioned in the first paragraph, the criminals break into the house and terrorize Kyle and Sarah. There are multiple scenes of terror. One of the criminals threatens to stab Kyle and Sarah with a needle. There is also a scene where we see a good amount of blood coming from one of the character’s mouth. Sarah is thrown to the ground a couple times. Kyle gets hit in the hand with a gun. There is also a scene where Kyle stabs a man with a needle. The head criminal, Elias, threatens to cut Kyle’s thumb off. There is a scene where Kyle is shot in the thigh. Lastly, a man is seen doused in fire.

Bad language: The vulgar talk and profanity in this film is extreme. I counted one instance of d***, three instances of G** D***it, 94 of the word f***, b***h (4), twelve of the word a** and a**hole, ten instances of the word s**t and bull s***, and God’s name is taken in vain by itself twice.

Sex/Nudity: Heavy. There is a scene at a bar where women are seen pole dancing in their underwear and bras. Elias, the head criminal, sticks his leg between Sarah’s as she is face down on the ground and says “nice a**.” There are two instances where one of the female characters in seen in nothing but her underwear and bra. Sarah is also seen in a bathrobe. Avery wears a very questionable outfit at the beginning of the film. One of Avery’s friends mentions, while they are driving to a party, that her mom is having sex with her “boy flair.” Sarah and Kyle share a kiss.

Other: There is a scene where teens are partying and drinking alcohol. One teen breaks his father’s safe and offers Avery some prescription drugs. Avery is seen smoking a pipe.

It’s hard to find any positive elements in this film, but the one theme that stuck out the most was that the family had to overcome was the issue of fear. They realized that they couldn’t let fear stop them from fighting for their lives and safety. In the same way this family showed courage in times of danger, the Lord asks us to conquer our fears and rely on Him in times of distress or anxiety. One of my favorite psalms that I like to use a lot in times of trouble comes from Psalm 23:4

“Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”(NIV)

FEAR, Anxiety and Worry—What does the Bible say? Answer

I cannot recommend this film to anyone for any reason at all. I plead with you not to rent “Tresspass”. There are much cleaner and more interesting films to rent out right now, or even reading a book would be better. In short, because of the heavy amounts of violence, sex/nudity, and extreme amounts of vulgar language, I cannot recommend this film.

Violence: Heavy / Profanity: Extreme / Sex/Nudity: Heavy

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Negative
Negative—Putting everything else aside…, there were so many F-words in this movie, I finally shut it off… I felt so guilty for watching the half hour that I did, that I had to wash my ears out with soap! I would estimate that every 5th word is an F-word.
My Ratings: Moral rating: Extremely Offensive / Moviemaking quality: 3
—Tania, age 41 (Canada)
Movie Critics

“…an astoundingly senseless thriller… (The word thriller is used very loosely.)… Trespass represents a new low for the two stars. …”
—Steven Rea, Philadelphia Inquirer

“…Nicolas Cage re-enacts his career arc in 90 grueling minutes. He begins as a dork, morphs improbably into an action hero and by the end is knocked flat as a layer of pool algae—and twice as useless. …”
—Kyle Smith, New York Post

“Engaging, futile entertainment …never advances beyond being a grand manipulation. …”
—Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle

“…a belabored, often laughable melee of sound, fury and unnecessarily frenzied cinematography in which everyone yells, screams and threatens while any sense of dread quickly drains away. The whole thing often plays like an unintentional farce. …”
—Stephen Holden, The New York Times

“…a home invasion thriller that may set a record for the number of times the characters point loaded pistols at one another’s heads. First we’re afraid somebody will get shot. Then we’re afraid nobody will be. …[2/4]”
—Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

“…undermined by its own overwrought energy… In the end, ‘Trespass’ steps all over its own genre strengths.”
—Robert Abele, Los Angeles Times

“…It’s meant to be a work of escalating tension with a few sneaky twists, but it plays like a borderline comedy—the invaders turn out to have a host of individual problems that render them hilariously ill-suited to the task at hand. … [D]”
—Gary Thompson, Philadelphia Daily News

“…it’s not worth seeing in any format. Ninety minutes of threats, violence, mayhem and boredom…”
—Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times

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