“Trespass Against Us” (2017)
Directed by: Adam Smith
Featuring: Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear, and Killian Scott
Colby Cutler: “Blessed are the cracked.”
Who is Michael Fassbender, and what does he want to be? These are both good question’s to think about after viewing this movie. He has to be one of the hardest working mainstream actors in film today – since his huge break in “300” (2006) he has averaged almost four films per year – that’s not counting shorts and television appearances. In the vast majority of these films he is either the lead or one of the top co-stars. He has amassed a large body of work, has appeared in some major directors films as well as a handful of first time directors. It is admirable that Fassbender supports first time directors or screenwriters, here he is doing both but I cant help but think the outcome was not what he had in mind.
“Trespass Against Us” (2017) is set across three generations of the Cutler family who live as outlaws in their own anarchic corner of Britain’s richest countryside. Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) is heir apparent to his bruising criminal father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson) and has been groomed to spend his life hunting, thieving and tormenting the police. But with his own son, Tyson (Georgie Smith) coming of age, Chad soon finds himself locked in a battle with his father for the future of his young family. When Colby learns of Chad’s dreams for another life he sets out to tie his son and grandson into his life. The quality of storytelling and direction is very low, it does not match the talent in from of the camera.
The film not only has Fassbender appearing but also the incredibly talented Brendan Gleeson who shines here in a role where he leaves nothing on the page, I can see why he accepted as the appeal to play this part must have been pretty high. The other major talents in supporting roles are Rory Kinnear and Sean Harris. To be perfectly honest it was the cast that drew me into this film, I can imagine other people feeling the same way. Whats not to love with this cast and the story about an English underworld we might not have seen before on television, but have seen elsewhere.
Unfortunately what we are served up by first time film director Adam Smith and first time screenwriter Alastair Siddons is a pastiche of a film culled from better gangster films such as “Snatch” (2000), “Face” (1997) and too others too numerable to mention. In my mind this is a film that looks and feels like a project and something to complete, especially when you have Fassbender and Gleeson interested in doing your film.
In respect to this film and future like films it would be wise for both Fassbender and Gleeson to choose their projects more wisely, and maybe do some research on the director or storyline first. Both of these actors are great, always entertaining to watch on whatever they are in, but maybe they need to take a breath, as well as realising that they only reputations they hurt are there own.
This is not to say this is a terrible film but not one worth going out to the movies for, in the old days this may have been a title that would be considered a high ‘B’ title and would be released direct to a video/DVD rental store.
Unfortunately there are no rental stores left so I would only watch this if it was on a streaming service – it is not a great experience but could be a diversionary one on another service.