Movie Review: Trespass, Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman

When I flew to Thailand, an 18 hour trip from Los Angeles, I saw three movies, ate three meals then wrote a few articles for the remainder of the time.

I was immediately attracted to the film “Trespass” primarily because it starred Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman while the title promised to deliver a thriller.

One lesson the public may learn from this film, “Don’t let anyone into your home until you check on them first, whether they say, “It’s an emergency, I have to use your telephone,” “My car stalled and I have to call the AAA,” or whatever other excuse they may give.

Nicolas Cage and Nicole Kidman portrayed a wealthy married couple (Kyle and Sarah Miller) who grew apart, Kyle absorbed in his diamond business and Sarah as the neglected wife.

The film began with Kyle arguing on the telephone as he drove up to his mansion. Kyle seemed to be desperately trying to sell his diamonds. The argument continued as Kyle entered the doorway and was immediately confronted by his daughter Avery (Liana Liberato), a typical teenager who wanted her own way after her mother said she couldn’t attend a party that evening. Kyle quickly sided with Sarah and hurried into his office. Of course Avery snuck out of the house and joined her friends at the party.

The subject of the film was home invasion with the burglars posed as police officers in order to gain entry into their home. Once inside, the thieves continued to terrorize the couple for most of the film’s hour and thirty minutes.

As the plot builds, the burglars seemed to be too familiar with the house when they ask Kyle to open his safe. Sarah recognizes one of them under his mask. The audience wonders, “Did they have an affair?”

Even though Avery noticed that something was wrong upon her return home, she walked right in anyway and was immediately captured. I would have thought more of the film if they used a sub-plot of Avery escaping with a chase.

There is an interesting twist when Kyle negotiates with the burglars in order to keep them from harming his family. This is one of the best scenes of the movie as Kyle steps out from behind his demeanor as a conservative businessman to become a forceful, dynamic fighter. “Trespass”, distributed by Millennium Entertainment, offers 1-1/2 hours of action and is now playing at movies across the United States.

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