Here is a completely implausable thriller that belongs to the B movie A list cast genre and is a whole hell of a lot of fun.
It is Schumacher’s best film since Falling Down which makes it his third best film behind Lost Boys. It includes two great action film showcases that I was sure he was no longer capable of, the superior one involves the lead character Kyle losing his glasses during an important and chaotic moment.
Kyle (Nick Cage) lives in a mansion but typical of the times, is swimming in debt. He is dispassionate to his wife (Nic Kidman) because his lack of money makes him feel like less than a man. His home is invaded by crooks who have been tailing him a bit and assumed he was rich. This is a man with a wife and daughter who can’t afford a home invasion but try telling that to crooks.
Cage’s (in his best performance since Red Rock West) character is a born salesman who is able to talk crooks into stays of execution while given them nothing. This all happens in fairly ingenious ways. The crooks are an odd lot (do they want jewelery, money or even a kidney?), they are fleshed out quite well here, and seem to survive on delusions, one even thinks he is in love with the wife. They want an American dream as much as Cage.
Side trips include a huge wooded back yard, a rich kid party (a scene that provides solid proof that the director did not have to fuck up his verison of Twelve). The weak links (that cost this film a star) are a few too many implausablities and a drawn out ended that could have gone gloriously into self sacrifice.
Still, a solid 4/5 and well worth seeing on demand for 7 bucks if not in your area theater.
Wow, that’s a pretty wide-spread distribution method for a movie I didn’t hear a word about till now. Odd. Thanks for the heads up.
Cage is against this distribution, as a box office star probably should be, but some films are just not gonna make money in theater wide release and this vod allows people to watch a film they would not trek to see necessarily and the companies still make 7 bucks a pop.
Reminds me of the Soderbergh Bubble experiment, except that the problem with that experiment is that it was not done with star actors and the like that truly test the commercial viability of simultaneous multiplatform distribution.
this model is very strange. There have been pre-theatrical rentals for a while. For instance Melancholia is on there right now for 10 bucks but once the films go into theaters they are no longer available. This is the first instance since Bubble that I can think ofwhere the film came out on both markets the same day.
You use prereleases to generate word-of-mouth.
You use simultaneous releases to do direct comparisons of distribution models.
Well,despite the things you said about this film,I’m not going to see it.Not because of what the critics wrote,but because from the trailer it just looks like a rushed pile of clichees.And I can’t stand Cage.
Den, i thought you weren’t interested in this?
it looks decent to me. Schumacher hasn’t made a good film since Tigerland(or Phone Booth).
Millenium must not have too much faith in this film though, as it isn’t like their films haven’t played theatrically before.
I remember Disney was considering releasing dvd/blu-ray of Alice In Wonderland while it was in theaters. I think this simultaneous release business is going to be more prominent in the future.
“Den, i thought you weren’t interested in this?”
my fiancee wanted to watch a new horror film. This was the closest thing, since she was not interested in The Thing.
also I got more interested when Cage said he hated the fact that it was available on demand (:
It’s good to hear that Schumacher is on track again. ‘Twelve’ was awful, and so was 23 and Phantom Of The Opera.
The Number 23 could have been good though, but the end result was laughable.
Schumacher is a decent middle of the road director when he is on form. His commentary tracks are some of the best i’ve ever heard. He comes off like a really cool guy actually. Very level headed. He seems to really love actors and is grateful for the position he is in. but he hates most critics, understandably.
agree with that assesment Twelve was one of the worst of last year and it had good source material.
“Kyle (Nick Cage) lives in a mansion but typical of the times, is swimming in debt.”
Isn’t that how Cage lives for real?
^ lol. yep, ’tis. a situation completely of his own making.
Admired PHONE BOOTH’s brevity, at least, and would be curious to see what 85 minutes yields in TRESPASS.
Damn, i thought this was weak. The script was completely unfocussed and Schumacher’s direction wasn’t much better.
Cage was good for a laugh, as usual, and Kidman wasn’t bad. Mendelson was probably the best thing about it though, acting wise.
Overall, it had potential, but it really missed the mark. However, like Den i appreciated the fact that Cage’s character was ‘swimming in debt’, and that they ultimately didn’t have as much to offer as the crooks believed.