Posted Mar 05 2017

Trespass Against Us - This Movie Does Not Rock

Dir: Adam Smith

Starring MIcky Fass, Brendan Gleeson, Rory Kinnear, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshall

Gleeson and Fassbender play father and son, dominant figures in a community of caravan-based travellers, always living one step outside of the law, or, in Fass’ case, several yards outside of it as he careens around driving painted-yellow cars and robbing stately homes. Oh, and having car chases, foot chases, hiding under cows – that kind of stuff.

We know these people are in essence a law unto themselves as they speak they own kind of mashed up language, an attempt by director Smith to bring his essentially light drama a sense of realism.

If its realism he’s after, he pretty much succeeds, but if its intrigue or involvement from his audience he’s looking for, then this pretty much misses the mark. The film attempts to build a series of tensions – between Fass and the law, between Fass and his dad – all of which give the impression of heading towards some sort of inevitable and potentially tragic boiling point…but which then just peter out all round.

Not intense enough to be a character study, not interesting enough to be a satisfying drama.


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