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Synopsis:

Trespass Against Us is set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of a rich countryside. Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Georgie Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. When Colby learns of Chad’s dreams for another life he sets out to tie his son and grandson into the archaic order that has bound the Cutler family for generations. He engineers a spectacular piece of criminal business involving a heist, a high-speed car chase and a manhunt, which leaves Chad bruised and bloodied and with his very freedom at stake.

What We Thought:

Trespass Against Us is disappointing because I wanted so much more from it. It’s a perfectly fine film, but it’s also one that once you see it, you really don’t have to see it again which is unfortunate.

The film had three big positives going into it. I’m a huge fan of both Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson. And I’m also a big supporter of Irish/British film. Because of those things I had high expectations for this film. I think those expectations hurt because the movie didn’t reach them.

Fassbender plays Gleeson’s son and they live in a trailer park type environment. Fassbender has a wife and kids, but he has no education. He’s a driver and thief and Gleeson seems to be the man in charge of the area. The trailer park is full of similar families in similar circumstances. Fassbender realizes his family deserves more and wants out. Gleeson doesn’t want that. The authorities get involved as they investigate a robbery and other public outbursts.

Gleeson and Fassbender are both great in the movie. As is the young boy who plays Fassbender’s son. I just wish there was more to the movie itself. There’s a little bit of redemption at the end, but I just don’t know what I was supposed to get out of the film. What exactly was the point? Do these little societies exist and the filmmaker wanted to make light of them? I don’t really know.

Trespass Against Us is worth seeing if you like the two leads, but beyond that I’m not really sure. I rewatched Gleeson in Calvary this week as well and wanted a film closer to that, great performances, a good story, etc. I’m disappointed that it’s not something I’d watch again in the future.

Bonus Features:

  • “Blood Bonds: On the Set of Trespass Against Us” Featurette
  • “Heartfelt: Director Adam Smith on The Chemical Brothers” Featurette

Cast & Crew:

  • Michael Fassbender
  • Brendan Gleeson
  • Rory Kinnear
  • Sean Harris

Recommended If You Like:

  • Michael Fassbender
  • Brendan Gleeson

 

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