Early Viewer Response Suggests Trespass is Joel Schumacher's Funny Games
Get out your grain of salt and join me this morning over at IMDB, where the poster-challenged, release-date-addled Nicolas Cage/Nicole Kidman thriller Trespass has doubled its positive viewer response literally overnight.
Which is to say: A tipster points out that two people now claim to have seen Joel Schumacher's troubled film, which is making the test-screening rounds even as it's abandoning its Twitter profile and apparently skipping any semblance of fall-festival buzz-building. And while their comments run the gamut from vaguely positive to exultant sub-literacy -- again, assuming they're real at all (and they do seem to be) -- let's focus on the basics: Is Trespass just Schumacher's version of the notorious Michael Haneke torment-and-torture effort Funny Games?
First up, let's hear from the redoubtable "trance888" (needless to say, spoilers and syntacticide ensue below):
Trespass preys on our deepest fears of home invasions . Schumacher doesn't want to make us feel better about these things. In this Movie he is hyper aware of his audience and their expectations for such a film. And so Trespass is as much about torturing the audience as the characters. The film begins so innocently. The couple ( Cage & Kidman ) arrive at their beautiful very upper class house after a social evening gathering . Sarah hears a knock on the door and she meets Ben Mendelsohn & a horrific vision of home invasion starts ...
The Kidnappers hold the family hostage for One evening. Violence is rarely threatened, as their insincere faux politeness clearly masks their hidden agenda of torture and humiliation when the situation gets out of control . It will take Sarah's strength of will to find her way out of the situation and save her " daughter " .
Trespass is one of Schumacher's finest movies, The performances are outstanding across the board. The direction and writing are masterful ..
The title of the movies suggests a Thriller with a couple of twists , however audiences are exposed to disturbing , sick , survival ride.
It could easily ruin your day , clearly obvious from people's reactions after leaving the screening .
Haha! That Joel Schumacher, always ruining people's days. Still, he had me at Ben Mendehlsohn.
There's more where that came from if you care, but now there's this as well, posted this morning by "reenst":
The Movie was screened in Regal Cinemas - LA last Tuesday , I didn't know what to expect from this film as I didn't see any trailer or any promotional stuff . The beginning of the movie was slow but got interesting when came along. You could tell something was going to happen
The story starts easy, but as it moves on, peculiar things start to happen. This movie keeps you guessing in such a way, you are riveted to your seat, hoping for a quick resolution to the terror. Although the story is very simplistic and nothing original, the film still manages to grab the viewer. It has flawless lighting and camera work, great acting and a truly disturbing psychological intensity.
The violence is extremely brutal and unrelenting. The bloody realism may cause some viewers to turn their head. The film becomes more insane from this point on turning into a endless pursuit of cat and mouse. Some people may complain that the film contains certain plot holes. I felt that by director leaving certain things unexplained until the very end, it added to the intensity. Very suspenseful and horrifying
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