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The Trust (2016)

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Waters and Stone are two nobody police officers working dull administrative jobs and making extra money selling stolen Civil Service Exams to other officers. When Stone hears a story about a heroin dealer quickly beating his extremely high bail, the two friends set into motion a plan to find the origin of such a large amount of cash. Through diligent police work they follow a trail that leads directly to a custom bank-style vault built into the back room freezer of a small grocery store. They put a plan into motion to rob the vault and split whatever they find inside. But by the time they figure out what the vault contains, it's already too late to turn back.

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Cast

Nicolas Cage
as Jim Stone
Elijah Wood
as David Waters
Jerry Lewis
as Jim's Father
Sky Ferreira
as The Woman
Ethan Suplee
as Detective
Kenna James
as Captain Harris
Lisa Mack
as Records Clerk
Marc D. Donovan
as Video Assistant
Joe Palubinsky
as Supervising Officer
Tommie Vegas
as Prostitute #2
Jay Hieron
as Man in Armoire
Eric Heister
as Big Irish Guy
Marc Donovan
as Video Assistant
Ronnie Thurmand Jr.
as Police Courier
Erica Vanlee
as Prostitute #1
Tommy Vegas
as Prostitute #2
Christie Beran
as Waitress at Diner
Jeff Manning
as Auctioneer
Ronnie Thurmand Jr.
as Police Courier
Jeff Howard
as Mechanic
Reagan Pfifer
as Evidence Technician
Ashley LeConte Campbell
as Cute Evidence Technician
Vanessa Christelle
as Pretty Hotel Worker
Paul Vato
as Spanish Laundry Worker
Xin Yi Gan
as Bakery Girl Translator
Zhang Jianming
as Bakery Owner
Marcus Weiss
as German Employee
James D. Smith Jr.
as German Machinist
Lisa Gardner
as Handjob Girl
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Critic Reviews for The Trust

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (10)

Though far from a Rififi-grade nailbiter, it builds to an involving moment of truth.

May 13, 2016 | Full Review…

The movie gets a lot less interesting once it starts to go dark, so to speak, and the elements of the story that you had identified as red herrings earlier on turn out to be, yup, red herrings.

May 13, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

"The Trust" betrays its hidden wispiness as the comic edge dissipates and a dreary darkness takes over.

May 12, 2016 | Full Review…

Wood and Cage have a terrific dynamic together.

May 12, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The script, by Adam Hirsch and Benjamin Brewer, is full of both humor and menace, giving the actors plenty to work with. That makes for an enjoyably slow buildup to an unexpected ending.

May 12, 2016 | Full Review…

"The Trust" is a so-so heist movie whose dirty-cop character's personality must have been described in the screenplay as "Nicolas Cage-esque." Fortunately, Cage was available.

May 12, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Trust

I used to not get it. I used to be ignorant. Hell, realistically speaking, at one time or another we have all been ignorant. That's not a bad thing, that just means that you're not as knowledgeable as something as you'd like to be. You can also use ignorant when it comes to people who are racist or homophobes, but I'm talking about the real definition of the word. I used to be someone, and I know I bring this up a lot when I review films about this particular actor, that absolutely hated Nic Cage movies. I just fucking HATED watching him. I absolutely crucified his performance in The Wicker Man remake. But then I watched The Vampire's Kiss, the film that really started him off as the insane, wacky actor we all know and love. That movie was a revelation. The light bulb finally went off in my head and I realized that he wasn't actually an awful actor, he actually really isn't, but he sort of gets off on being a manic actor. Someone whose unpredictability, as it relates to line delivery, leads to very comical scenes. Whenever you see him doing something insane, where he looks like the worst actor on earth, he's clearly doing it on purpose. And ever since then, The Vampire's Kiss was a life-changing movie for me, I've loved Nicolas Cage. Legitimately speaking, when the guy is on and he's not fucking around, he's pretty damn good. He's not one of the best I have seen, but he does a good job at inhabiting characters that he legitimately cares about. If he doesn't care about the movie, then he's lazy as fuck. This is one of those movies where, clearly, he loved the script. Perhaps loved is too strong of a word, but I can sense that he liked the script enough where he brought, or at least attempted to bring, his best. I think it's more attempted to, since he was better in Joe and Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans. This might not be the best movie I've ever seen, it sort of plays out like a Tarantino-lite flick. Not that there's anything wrong with that, but there's just that vibe. The idiosyncratic characters, the eclectic soundtrack, the dialogue and the acting. It's got that vibe. Parts of it, legit, remind me of Reservoir Dogs. Now, of course, not every movie where a heist goes wrong and several people end up dead is similar to Reservoir Dogs. But taking into consideration all the other similarities I just mentioned, it's a fitting comparison. A comparison that I'm sure the filmmakers would welcome. With that said, I did enjoy this movie quite a bit. Which is why I'm so surprised that audience reaction, at least percentage wise, seems to be so negative toward the movie. Well, that doesn't mean that 28% thought the movie was good, that 28% is the percentage of people that gave this a score of 3.5 stars or higher. And, as you can see, I didn't give this 3.5 stars, so I'm part of the 72% that saw this movie "negatively". The point is that the movie was better, at least to me, is better than the audience reception would imply. And that's not to minimize anyone who might have disliked this movie for very legitimate reasons. It's just my opinion that this is a pretty good movie all things considered. I get the complaints about the ending not making much in the way of sense, and I do agree with some of that, that it was an unexpected twist for the sake of one, despite them actually setting it up in a previous scene. But that, to me, doesn't affect my opinion of the movie at all. I still came away from this having enjoyed it. I thought the movie was well-paced. Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood are both really good and they have strong chemistry together. The movie, thankfully, has a sense of humor. Which makes some of the darker moments of the film even more memorable, like several scenes where Stone (Cage) reveals himself to be so much more than just a goofy cop who's trying to break into this safe to steal what's inside. The movie has issues, though. Like I wish that Stone and Waters (Wood) had more of a reason to pull this heist off other than just because. They're obviously not drowning in cash at the moment the film's events begin, but the script should have done far more to make them seem desperate enough to actually attempt to pull this heist off. It doesn't matter in the long run as I still enjoyed this flick, but it's just something I wish would have been a little better. Things go wrong, obviously, but the partnership between Stone and Waters ends a bit too abruptly for my liking. ***SPOILERS*** Waters shoots Stone and 'kills' him, but it all looks a little bit too suspicious. It honestly seems like Waters is trying to lure Stone into a sense of security before killing him. But Stone never gets up. And I felt that the ending was a bit flat. Maybe that plays into the ending and Stone has been scheming this from the very start, but if it wasn't then it was just a bit weird seeing Stone's downfall come so abruptly. This brings us to the real ending of the film, which I won't discuss, I've already spoiled too much of the movie. Not that there's much to spoil. Once the movie starts and it's decided that Waters and Stone are gonna pull this off, you know that it's not gonna end well for, at least, one of them. Maybe both of them. So, at least as it relates to that part, the movie was a bit predictable. Not a killer for me, mind you, but still predictable. I don't really have much else to say about this. This is a good little movie. It borrows heavily from Tarantino's style of filmmaking, but it's a good movie in its own right thanks to a solid script and good performances from Elijah Wood and Nicolas Cage. I'd give it a slight recommendation. I know a lot of people will hate the ending, so I can't go all out, but I'd like to see more people give this a shot.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

Super Reviewer

A splendid little film with a delightful soundtrack. Amazingly, I didn't hate Cage and Wood was more substantial than an elf. It's a bit quirky, but it's worth your while.

Christian C
Christian C

Super Reviewer

½

Not bad. Not great. What The Trust has going for it is the setting. Based in Las Vegas around LVPD buddies Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood's forensics team, we are given a clear understanding these guys are experts in detail. While Cage puts in a more manic (and borderline comic) performance compared to the many cops he's portrayed over the years, Wood (though oddly undersized for a cop) comes off as the level-headed joe-blow just living out his days one at a time. While neither get awards for top-notch performances, their chemistry works surprisingly well even if the script fails them in the process. The problem with The Trust is it's a movie leading to nowhere. With the heist taking so long (seemingly a few days) when it actually only takes place over a night, even the hour and forty-five minutes eventually gets stale in the final third of the film. Sure there are a few twists and turns with some suspense sprinkled in, but largely they fall flat because we don't quite believe two of these guys can pull this off with as much work they throw into it. Cage has made a recent living off these small-time indie flicks, but while he's succeeded in many like Joe or Bad Lieutenant, some of them, like The Trust, peter out before they really ever catch the wind.

Lane Zieben
Lane Zieben

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