Tresspass Against Us (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)
February 14, 2017 by Dennis Amith
“Tresspass Against Us” features a wonderful performance by Michael Fassbender and child actor Georgie Smith. But as far as the film goes, “Tresspass Against Us” is a film that no doubt had its entertaining moments. But in the end, the film has its share of storyline continuity problems in which some scenes were rather ineffective and also issues with the lack of character development. Still, the film had some redeeming factors that may make one interested in giving the film a try.
TITLE: Tresspass Against Us
FILM RELEASE: 2016
DURATION: 100 Minutes
BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition (2:39:1), English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio, Subtitles: English SDH, Spanish
RATED: R (Pervasive Language, Some Disturbing Behavior and Brief Graphic Nudity)
RELEASE DATE: March 7, 2017
Directed by Adam Smith
Written by Alastair Siddons
Produced by Andrea Calderwood, Gail Egan, Alastair Siddons
Executive Producer: Joshua Astrachan, Rose Garnett, Frederick W. Green, Peter Hampden, Phil Hunt, Norman Merry, Compton Ross
Associate Producer: Joe Wheatley
Music by The Chemical Brothers
Cinematography by Eduard Grau
Edited by Kristina Hethrington, Jake Roberts
Casting by Shaheen Baig
Production Design by Nick Palmer
Art Direction by Andrea Matheson
Set Decoration by Sophie Phillips
Costume Design by Suzanne Cave
Michael Fassbender as Chad Cutler
Brendan Gleeson as Colby Cutler
Lyndsey Marshal as Kelly Cutler
Georgie Smith as Tyson Cutler
Rory Kinnear as P.C. Lovage
Killian Scott as Kenny
Sean Harris as Gordon Bennett
Kingsley Ben-Adir as Sampson
Kacie Anderson as Mini Cutler
Gerard Kearns as Lester
Tony Way as Norman
Barry Keoghan as Windows
Ezra Khan as Jamail
Alan Williams as Noah
Academy Award® nominee Michael Fassbender stars as the conflicted yet loyal son unable to escape from the crime empire led by his father, Golden Globe® nominee Brendan Gleeson.
From filmmaker Adam Smith (“The Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think”, “Desire”, “Dr. Who”) comes his latest British-American film “Tresspass Against Us”.
Written by Alastair Siddons (“In the Dark Half”, “Inside Out”), the film stars Michael Fassbender (“Prometheus”, “Inglorious Basterds”, “X-Men: Days of Future Pass”, “X-Men: First Class”), Brendan Gleeson (“Edge of Tomorrow”, “Gangs of New York”, “Troy,”, “Braveheart”), Lyndsey Marshal (“The Hours”, “Festival”, “A Short Stay in Switzerland”, “Hereafter”), Rory Kinnear (“The Imitation Game”, “Skyfall”, “Spectre”) and young actor Georgie Smith.
“Tresspass Against Us” revolves around Chad (portrayed by Michael Fassbender), his wife Kelly (portrayed by Lyndsey Marshal) and his three children,which include eldest son, Tyson (portrayed by Georgie Smith).
Chad lives in a trailer park community (with mostly Irish travelers) in which his father Colby (portrayed by Brendan Gleeson) is the criminal ringleader who organizes heists involving others living in the community.
But Chad doesn’t like the toll its taking on his family and would prefer to leave the criminal world, so his children could get a proper education and not grow up in the trailerpark community living poor and a life of crime. Because Chad grew up illiterate, and sick of the life that he and his family have, he is wanting out of the group.
His father Colby knows nothing about life outside the trailer park and has his own belief of religion and education. And Chad and his wife know that the more Tyson stays around Colby and others in the trailer park, he will more than likely become a criminal like him?
But would it be easy for Chad and his family to leave the life they have ever known?
Meanwhile, Colby has everyone working on a major heist? But what happens when all things go wrong?
“Tresspass Against Us” is presented in 1080p High Definition (2:39:1 aspect ratio). The film features great detail on closeups and retains its grain. For the most part, picture quality for the film is very good.
AUDIO & SUBTITLES:
“Tresspass Against Us” is presented in English 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio. Dialogue and The Chemical Brothers musical score is crystal clear. There are action scenes that are utilized by the surround channels but for the most part, this film is driven by ambiance or police chasing down the criminals.
Subtitles are in English, English SDH and Spanish.
“Tresspass Against Us” comes with the following special features:
- On the Set of Tresspass Against Us – (21:54) The cast and crew discuss their work on the film and working with cast members, including the child talents.
- Heartfelt: Director Adam Smith on The Chemical Brothers – (4:47) Director Adam Smith talks about his long working relationship with The Chemical Brothers and working with them on “Tresspass Against Us”.
“Tresspass Against Us” comes with an UltraViolet Digital HD code.
There are always people who grew up uneducated and living a life of poverty that want to become a better person, to go back to school and get their degrees in hopes they will not live the life that they or their parents or ancestors had lived.
“Tresspass Against Us” is a straightforward film about a father/husband named Chad who is starting to want out of the trailer park community full of Irish criminals led by his father, Colby. For the sake that his family can live a decent life and their children become educated and not living a life of crime.
Chad has always been wrapped around his father’s finger, whatever his father wants, he expects Chad to do it. And while it seems that no matter how bad things get, despite wanting to stand up for himself and his family and wanting to become more defiant against his father and leave the life they only know for a better one.
Being illiterate, Chad wants his children to become educated and leave the community but also to leave his father. But unfortunately, Chad’s oldest son Tyson appears to have more love of their current life and often listens to their grandfather. A man who likes telling tall-tales and giving his own opinion about the education system and more.
To be truthful, one of the film’s problems is that these characters are not likeable and very messed up.
Sure, they are the product of their environment and could they escape that environment and start over in another area? Or once a riff raff, always a riff raff?
While the film tries to make Chad’s father, Colby the antagonist of the film, the film starts to change when it becomes a heist film and the cops want nothing more but to bust Chad and the criminals in the trailerpark community. They just need the evidence to bust them all. And so for these community of thieves, they find themselves as targets by the police.
For a film to be enjoyable, one should enjoy the characters and its storyline. I felt that Michael Fassbender and youngster Georgie Smith had great chemistry as father and son on the big screen. Georgie manages to have the pottymouth like the other travelers and you can’t help but enjoy those moments shared between father and son.
But as much as I enjoyed the film, the film lacks in character development and substance. Enjoyable as the movie is, it’s not a film that I would want to watch for a second or third time.
The picture quality for the film is very good, as with the lossless audio and you do get a few special features included on Blu-ray.
Overall, “Tresspass Against Us” features a wonderful performance by Michael Fassbender and child actor Georgie Smith. But as far as the film goes, “Tresspass Against Us” is a film that no doubt had its entertaining moments. But in the end, the film has its share of storyline continuity problems in which some scenes were rather ineffective and also issues with the lack of character development. Still, the film had some redeeming factors that may make one interested in giving the film a try.
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