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Trespass pits public servants against gangsters in a race for stolen loot -- and thanks to a killer cast and Walter Hill's assured direction, the audience wins.
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There's something bracing about the utter amorality of Trespass.
In a season dominated by bloated blockbuster wannabes, it's easy to respond to the lean-and-mean B-movie pleasures of Trespass.
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.
For the undemanding, it may seem a fair stand-off; but compared to Hill's best work, it's merely a jerk-off.
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.
Does Trespass have any lasting significance? No. Does it do anything particularly well? No, only skillfully.
In [Walter] Hill's hands, a whole feast of beloved actors have a chance to have a great time being bad.
A flawed but tense action pic that plays out as a morality tale.
A disappointing misfire...
The modern master of the action genre, a disciple of the dynamic Sam Peckinpaugh, keeps things moving at a bracing clip.
While Trespass might have been more compelling, it still displays far more style and intelligence than the average contemporary action thriller.
Hill stages some typically electric action scenes.
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.
Directed by Walter Hill, written by Robert Zemeckis, starring Bill Paxton,
Ice Cube, Ice T, and Bill Sadler. Don't mind if I do.
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.
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.
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