December 31, 2013.

This blog is now closed. After three years and 311 posts, I have decided to end this blog. I have enjoyed watching the films, reviewing them, and interacting with global readers.

If you are interested in contacting me, you can do so by commenting on any of the posts. The blog will remain live on the web.
Thank you to all the readers for your comments, ideas, and thoughts. They were helpful, stimulating, and enriching. This is Alene, signing off.

April 28, 2012

Trespass (2011)

When it’s over, I liked the plot twists and turns, but didn’t like the film as a whole.  It’s like eating a fancy meal.  You appreciate all that’s gone into the meal, but it doesn’t taste all that good, and that’s disappointing.  Nicholas Cage and Nicole Kidman play a wealthy married couple, Kyle and Sarah Miller, who seem to have it all until a home invasion reveals the lies and deception the two harbour.  Think Panic Room (2002).  Think Funny Games (2007).  Think Hostage (2005).  But, don’t think Trespass is better, because it’s not, but does share similarities.  The story moves fast, and the script was smart enough to keep the plot shifting, leaving enough guessing room as to which direction the film will turn as the body count escalates.  However, a good story isn’t enough if the performances can’t live up to the text.  This is the unfortunate case for Trespass.  Cage and Kidman, both talented actors, weren’t at their best in this film, leaving their characters bland and one dimensional.  The weak supporting cast including Cam Gigandet and Liana Liberato didn’t offer much lift either.  The level of concern for the family was nil, leaving me emotionally detached from the characters, and once you lose interest in the characters, you lose interest in the story.  Joel Schumacher has made some notable films in the past, and this isn’t one of them. 

My rating: 2.5 out of 5

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