5 out of 10
Release date: 3rd March 2017
Director: Adam Smith (Litte Dorrit (TV))
cast: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear, Georgie Smith, Killian Scott, Barry Keoghan, Gerard Kearns, Tony Way, Kingsley Ben-Adir, Alan Williams, Anna Calder-Marshall, Ezra Khan, Anastasia Hille, Billy Cook with Peter Wight, Mark Lewis Jones and Sean Harris
Writer: Alistair Siddons
Trailer: TRESPASS AGAINST US
Imagine Tom Cruise playing a shopkeeper, or Jack Nicholson playing a supermarket security guard…. Well maybe you can, but here’s my point. Ever seen a film where a low-key film is overbalanced by high-profile movie stars? Trespass Against Us is such a film. With lower paid character actors in the main roles this may have worked better, but with the presence Irish superstar actors Michael Fassbender (300) and Brendan Gleeson (HAMPSTEAD), our expectations are indeed higher, yet it fails to live up to them. Both the actors are fine, but not once are we convinced that we’re seeing flesh and blood characters. There’s not a single authentic moment in this whole drama and that’s sadly down to the star quality of the actors.
The story of three generations of travellers in the English countryside, Colby (GLEESON) is a feared gypsy king, who has no fear for the law, and views anything to do the ‘establishment / gorgies’ with suspiscion, especially schools and the police. As a result, he never sent his son Chad, (FASSBENDER) to school, and brought him up to be a career criminal like himself. Chad had married a non-traveller, Kelly (LYNDSEY MARSHAL – THE FORGOTTEN) and now has young children. The 7-year old Tyson (GEORGIE SMITH) is falling under the grandfather’s influence and it causes tension and fights in the family causing Chad to want to breakaway and give his children the life choices he was denied. Meanwhile, the police are hot on the family’s heels for a string of crimes Colby and his family, and gang have committed in the area.
Chad’s character is either complex or incoherently written. As a moral compass, the needle is bent. He’s all for trying to influence his son away from the life his grandfather wants for everybody, but he all too quickly reverts to brutality himself. He humiliates the camp’s mentally disabled lunatic Worzel (SEAN HARRIS – THE GOOB) by tipping emulsion paint all over him, and he kills a police dog beloved of his arch-enemy. Yet, he’s a good father that will stop at nothing to spoil or protect his family from harm. Fassbender, plays the role too broadly here – he has often shown himself to be great and exciting actor, and he has no problem in the main with accents (here he’s got a West Country brogue) except for in the X-Men. This role isn’t a good fit for him though, as the conflicts that him seem to roll away, when the script and plot say otherwise. It’s almost like he’s bored, or above the material. Brendan Gleeson is similarly out of touch in a role that requires gravity and worthiness. The film convey’s no sense of history between the characters and sadly, this well made, potentially interesting story comes across like an expensive game of make-believe for fantastic actors, slumming it to kill time and fill a hole in their schedule until they are required for the next Prometheus sequel.
Shame as it’s nice to see these big guys take on smaller interesting projects, only this time, the actors have forgotten what it’s like to be an ‘ordinary’ guy.
5 out of 10 – Miscast, kind of cliched and out of touch with the real world. This needed to be gritty and gripping. When in fact, it’s just standard and makes do.
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Michael Fassbender: X-Men 6, The Snowman (2017), Song to Song, Alien – Covenant, Assassin’s Creed, X Men 5, Steve Jobs, Slow West, Frank, X Men 4, 12 Years a Slave, The Counsellor, Prometheus, Haywire, Shame, A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre (2011), X Men- First Class, Jonah Hex, Centurion, Inglourious Basterds, Fish Tank, Eden Lake, Hunger, 300, Band Of Brothers (TV)
- Brendan Gleeson: Paddington 2, Alone In Berlin, Hampstead, Live By Night, Assassin’s Creed, In the Heart of the Sea, Song of the Sea (voice), Suffragette, Stonehearst Asylum, The Grand Seduction, The Smurfs 2 (voice), Edge of Tomorrow, Calvary, The Pirates! In An Adventure With Scientists (voice), The Raven, Safe House, Albert Nobbs, The Guard, Harry Potter- part 7, Green Zone, In Bruges, Beouwulf (mo-cap), Harry Potter- part 4 & 5, Breakfast On Pluto, Kingdom Of Heaven, The Village, Troy, Cold Mountain, Dark Blue, Gangs Of New York, 28 Days Later, AI- Artificial Intelligence, The Tailor Of Panama, Mission Impossible 2, Lake Placid, This Is My Father, The General (1998), I Went Down, A Further Gesture, The Butcher Boy, Turbulence, Trojan Eddie, Michael Collins, Braveheart, Into The West
- Lyndsey Marshal: The Forgotten (2016), In The Dark Half, Titanic (TV), Hereafter, The Hours, Festival
- Rory Kinnear: Watership Down (voice) (TV), iBoy, James Bond – Sceptre, Man Up, Penny Dreadful (TV), The Casual Vacancy (TV), The Imitation Game, Cuban Fury, Broken (2013), James Bond – Skyfall, Wild Target (2010), James Bond – Quantum Of Solace
- Killian Scott: The Commuter, Traders, Ripper Street (TV), ’71, Calvary, Good Vibrations
- Barry Keoghan: Black 47, The Killing of a Sacred Deer, Dunkirk, Traders, ’71, King of the Travellers
- Gerard Kearns: The Rise, Honeymooner, Shameless (TV), Looking For Eric
- Tony Way: Mindhorn, Identicals, Aaaaaaaah!, High-Rise, Convenience, The Riot Club, The Edge of Tomorrow, Sightseers, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2012), Down Terrace
- Alan Williams: Grown Your Own, Heartlands, Among Giants
- Anna Calder-Marshall: Zulu Dawn, Wuthering Heights (1970), Pussycat Pussycat I Love You
- Anastasia Hille: The Missing (TV)
- Billy Cook: Eat Local, The Hooligan Factory, Traveller, Green Street 3
- Peter Wight: Another Mother’s Son, The Sense of an Ending, Ethel & Ernest (voice), Kon Tiki, Mr Turner, The Look Of Love, My Week With Marilyn, Hardboiled Sweets, Ghosted, Best Laid Plans (2012), Clone, Another Year, Cass, Hot Fuzz, Babel, Flood, Pride & Prejudice (2005), Vera Drake, Shiner, Naked, Mean Time
- Mark Lewis Jones: Star Wars – The Last Jedi, Stella (TV), The Lighthouse, Sniper 5, Just Jim, Child 44, Viking – The Darkest Day
- Sean Harris: Possum, Mission Impossible 6, Mission Impossible 5, The Goob, ’71, Serena, Deliver Us From Evil, The Borgias (TV), Prometheus, Brighton Rock (2011), A Lonely Place To Die, Isolation, Creep, Harry Brown, 24 Hour Party People, Outlaw, Brothers Of The Head, Trauma