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Trespass (1992)

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43

Average Rating: 5.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 3 | Rotten: 4

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Maverick director Walter Hill, who had a big hit with 48 Hrs., indulges his customary yen for violent and disturbing scenes in this overlooked action film, which was also released under the name Looters. Set in the economically-depressed town of East St. Louis, IL, the film's release was delayed several months because its riot scenes were too similar to those that actually took place in the summer of 1992 in L.A. Bill Paxton plays Vince and Bill Sadler plays Don. They are a couple of

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Drama, Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense

May 12, 1998

MCA Universal Home Video

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There's something bracing about the utter amorality of Trespass.

July 25, 2010 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
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In a season dominated by bloated blockbuster wannabes, it's easy to respond to the lean-and-mean B-movie pleasures of Trespass.

July 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
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Director Walter Hill's handling of the action is fluid and kinetic, making the film a pleasure to watch for the expertness of its craft.

March 26, 2009 Full Review Source: Variety
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For the undemanding, it may seem a fair stand-off; but compared to Hill's best work, it's merely a jerk-off.

February 9, 2006 Full Review Source: Time Out
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Everything in the screenplay seems arbitrary, including the firefighting jobs assigned to the two would-be treasure-seekers. They could as easily be magazine salesmen or amateur songwriters.

May 20, 2003 Full Review Source: New York Times
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Does Trespass have any lasting significance? No. Does it do anything particularly well? No, only skillfully.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
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While Trespass might have been more compelling, it still displays far more style and intelligence than the average contemporary action thriller.

July 25, 2010 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Hill stages some typically electric action scenes.

April 9, 2007 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

An intense and unique action-thriller with that distinct Walter Hill touch.

October 9, 2005
Fantastica Daily

Fast-moving pulp

August 10, 2004
Film Journal International

Despite plenty of plot holes, cartoonish characterization and the general impression that no one involved is taking things too seriously, Hill manages to deliver a minor gem within the tense and claustrophobic confines of the slum walls.

October 7, 2003 Full Review Source: Film4
Film4

Okay action movie full of twists and double crosses.

July 14, 2003
About.com

A sub-par film that showed the potential for the Brothers Ice to be much better actors than they are musical performers. They make the film almost worth watching. Yes, I said almost.

September 23, 2002
Needcoffee.com

Hill has obviously tried to make a hip, ultra-violent actioneer, but what he ends up with is more a choppy, ultimately boring pastiche involving endless shots of automatic weapons fire and peoples' legs pumping furiously as they scramble...

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
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Claustrophobic, taut and efficient, like a streamlined car designed to simply get you there, Trespass wastes no time in setting up its premise -- and then just barrels along with an in-your-face attitude and plenty of tightly wound tension.

January 1, 2000 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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Audience Reviews for Trespass

Directed by action maestro Walter Hill and with a lead role for Bill Paxton this sounds like a great combination. Alas this turns out to be a very by the numbers thriller that can't really muster up anything overly exciting.

The film is quite similar to another thriller by the title of 'Judgment Night' plot wise. Some out of town blue collar guys get themselves into a difficult situation with a local gang or hoods. In this film the two men are trapped within an old vacant building whilst looking for some lost stolen treasure while in the other film some men are lost and trapped within a broken down dodgy neighbourhood.

The problem with this film is the bad guys, a gang made up of stereotypical cliched black hoods that are covered in bling and can't speak proper English. The casting has big names admittedly and includes most well known black character actors but for some reason Hill chose to cast Ice-T and Ice Cube...oh dear. Needless to say the acting from this pair is dire and ruins any potential tension whenever they are on screen.

Overall there isn't really much tension a tall frankly, not enough to make you care whether Paxton or Sadler (good guys) make it out alive or not. Its an old film now yes so you could excuse the predictable obligatory stuff that's included, you know Sadler is the unhinged guy that will crack through gold fever (the lost stolen items) and you know all the hoods will turn on each other. Ice Cube makes that rather obvious the moment he utters his first words.

Reasonably entertaining but lacking real bite. The reason 'Judgment Night' was so cool was down to the great casting of Leary as the main bad guy, this similar film is missing that key casting. Paxton is limp, Sadler is better as a villain and action is AWOL. The ending is slightly unique in the fact it doesn't end as you would think, doesn't make it any better though.
September 18, 2012
phubbs1

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Directed by Walter Hill, written by Robert Zemeckis, starring Bill Paxton,
Ice Cube, Ice T, and Bill Sadler. Don't mind if I do.
July 25, 2011
kenstachnik

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I remember watching this on tv a long time ago in school. Staying up late and not watching everything as I fell asleep. Great film then, not sure about now.
January 26, 2008
rezpatriot

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Ice T and Ice Cube run through their usual "gangsta" schtick as they try to dispose of inconvenient witnesses to a murder who hole up in an abandoned building. The result is a kind of diluted version of Assault on Precinct 13. Or Night Of The Living Homies. Not great, but not bad.
April 10, 2007
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