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By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Robbery-gone-wrong tale is violent, intense, disappointing.

Movie R 2011 91 minutes
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Written by Karl Gajdusek of the TV series Dead Like Me, TRESPASS looks like it has the nugget of a good idea that could have led to a good movie, but this isn't it. Director Joel Schumacher is a Hollywood veteran with some interesting films on his resume but also a great many turkeys. He can't quite get the tone right on this one; it starts out pitched a bit too high and gets even higher as the movie goes on.

Rather than generating suspense, the movie simply becomes irritating. Rather than becoming an intellectual chess game, it becomes a rather sloppy game of 52 pick-up, with coincidence and abandoned threads ruling the day. Likewise, Cage can't seem to find a center for his character, so he comes across more like a madman than a loving father. Kidman, however, manages some of her usual grace, and Ben Mendelsohn makes a commanding villain.

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