Trespass Examiner DVD Review, Written by: Karen Benardello
The worst problems tend to arise when people make assumptions in relationships, and have no interest in solving their problems until their desperation leaves them with no other options. The psychological thriller ‘Trespass,’ which is now available to rent on DVD at select Long Island Redbox locations, aims to prove that families are only pushed to examine their deteriorating relationships when external forces physically put their lives in danger. While the film's director, New York native Joel Schumacher, succeeds in his mission to prove that all families bond when they’re threatened, the veteran filmmaker disappointingly includes character and plot cliches.
‘Trespass’ follows seemingly happy married couple Sarah (played by Nicole Kidman) and Kyle Miller (portrayed by Nicolas Cage). While the two, on outward appearances, have it all, including wealth, a newly renovated house and a lovely teenage daughter, Avery (played by Liana Liberato), the couple’s strained relationship is really plagued by secrets.
Kyle spends a lot of time away from home as a diamond dealer, and is pretending to be more successful in his career than he really is. While Sara, an architect, is at home overseeing their home’s remodeling, she is supposedly involved in a relationship with one of the contractors, Jonah (portrayed by Cam Gigandet). Sarah and Kyle are also dealing with their rebellious daughter, who won’t listen to a word they say.
The Millers’ luck begins to change when Jonah arrives at their home with his brother Elias (played by Ben Mendelsohn), Elias’ girlfriend Petal (portrayed by Jordana Spiro) and drug and gang enforcer Ty (portrayed by Dash Mihok). Thinking the family is extremely rich, the four demand Kyle gives them all the money and diamonds he keeps in his safe. The robbers vow not to give up, despite Kyle’s reluctance to give in to their demands, as they’re on a desperate mission to get money in order to pay back a drug debt.
Despite its intriguing premise, ‘Trespass’ made the quick move from its limited theatrical release to home video in a mere two-and-a-half weeks. The psychological thriller hit theaters on October 14, 2011, and was rapidly pulled 10 days later, due to its dismal box office receipt of approximately $25,000, against a budget of $35 million. As a result, the DVD only features one extra, a simple behind-the-scenes featurette with Cage and Schumacher talking about the film’s shoot.
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