Trespass Against Us

All too often do films have a base of something interesting, but aren’t able to bring it to screen in the right manner.

Trespass Against Us is the story of Chad (Michael Fassbender) a traveller whose community, led by his father (Brendan Gleeson) is dwindling. His own loyalty is thrust into question when a heist goes wrong and his children’s possibility of a good education is being threatened from all corners.

The issue with it is that it just isn’t believable. Fassbender and Gleeson can be amazing when on form, but they just aren’t realistic as travellers. There is something wrong in the way the characters are created meaning at no point do they come across in the way they are intended. For illiterate characters with a hatred of authority, there is far too much knowledge locked inside their minds, specifically Gleeson.

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There’s also the issue with little to nothing happening and the script not being any where near as profound as it thinks it is. It needs one or the other to give it some sort of substance. However, it is a story of a deep inward struggle and resentment. All too often do films have a base of something interesting, but aren’t able to bring it to screen in the right manner. In this instance it’s the reality of the whole picture. It feels rushed and underdone.

The themes are plain to see, but at no point is any of it portrayed well. The cinematography however, is really rather beautiful.

3/5

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