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Trespass

Trespass starring Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman is a home invasion film that grabs you by the throat only letting go long enough for you to wipe the sweat from your brow.
Directed by Joel Schumacher, Trespass has high expectations to deliver,  and it does. The Cage Kidman chemistry is a force to reckon with, along with Liana Liberato’s role as their rebellious daughter which is a perfect fit. In an echo of the lunatic performances at which Cage once excelled, he plays Kyle, a wheeling-dealing diamond broker struggling to pay for his family’s exorbitant lifestyle. So preoccupied with work he barely notices pleas for intimacy from wife Sarah (Nicole Kidman), he’s seconds away from hearing a portentous “we need to talk” when thieves con their way into his home.
The entire film is a fun thrill ride, although it gets very campy at times. It starts with the bumpy familial relationship between Kyle (Nicolas Cage), Sarah (Nicole Kidman) and Avery (Liana Liberato). Eventually it segues into Avery’s escape into crazy teenage party, a run-in with a predatory teenage dirt bag and an assault.
The film experience was especially awesome in the second half where it took unexpected, yet palatable twists that upped the film’s overall experience a few notches undoubtedly. One hostile situation in particular was extremely intense and so riveting you can’t take your eyes off the screen. The film is good at allowing the viewer to really feel the mounting anticipation.  If most of the film’s torments and turnarounds are factory-issue, there’s enough guilty pleasure here to hold the attention of most viewers for whom Trespass sounds like fun, with a couple of quirky surprises delivered by Cage. After all, how often do you hear a guy with a gun to his head ask “Do you know anything about the etymology of the word ‘diamond’?” Trespass is in theaters on October 14, 2011 and available on DVD or Blu-ray November 1, 2011.

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