Trespass Against Us: A Gypsy Criminal Family

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Trespass Against Us: A Gypsy Criminal Family
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Trespass Against Us

Trespass Against Us is a British-American crime drama film directed by Adam Smith and written by Alastair Siddons. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Brendan Gleeson, Sean Harris, Lyndsey Marshal, Rory Kinnear, and Killian Scott.

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Trespass Against Us: A Gypsy Criminal Family

Trespass Against Us” is a British crime film directed by Adam Smith, and is about Chad, a husband and father of two who’s trying to separate himself from his father, Colby who constantly drags him in his life of crime. I saw the film at the 52nd Chicago International Film Festival this year and I must say it was a very entertaining film to watch.

The film follows the conventional crime family story of son wanting to leave but father holding him back. Despite the film following a conventional narrative it was never the less a good watch. Michael Fassbender gives an excellent performance as Chad, and Brendan Gleeson is as up to par as the father, Colby. But I must say the kids in the film were excellent, they gave very impressive performances.

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Despite me enjoying the film for it’s characters, and acting, there were plenty of flaws I had with the movie. In the very beginning of the film we find out that Chad’s brother was locked up in prison so the family decides to drive a car hazardously through the street which says “Free Bryan”, Chad’s brother. After that the brother is never mentioned of again and just felt like an idea that was tossed around and eventually forgotten of. During the “action” parts of the film the cinematography gets very shaky and it’s very hard to see what’s happening. There’s also a character in the film whose name is Gordon who was just annoying, I didn’t get his character other than he’s the “crazy” guy. Finally, the last twenty or so minutes of the film felt very loose and didn’t have any sense of what it was doing, I felt that the movie really lost its steam and was just trying to keep on pushing up the tracks.

Overall I really enjoyed “Trespass Against Us“, it follows a very conventional story that we’ve seen many times before, but ultimately is saved by its performances by the entire cast.

(Author: Joshua H. from United States – imdb)

Trespass Against Us: Excellent story about a family of travellers involved in crime

Firstly, this film is not about Gypsies or gangsters as has been said in some reviews, it’s a story of a group of travelers, a very different set of people to gypsies and arguably not what popular opinion may define as gangsters.

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It follows the Cutler family and some others who live in a semi-permanent camp and take to criminal deeds to make ends meet. The head of the family is Colby played brilliantly by Brendan Gleeson, and his son Chad played just as brilliantly by Michael Fassbender takes a lead role.

The story is nothing new or exciting, the group struggle to survive and Chad along with his girlfriend Kelly and their 2 kids is keen to break free form the life they lead and do better. The father and the rest of the group want group cohesion and value Chad as an important part of their group especially during criminal endeavours.

What sets it apart for me is that the acting is so superb from every single member of the cast that you really get to live the story and experience it. not even Georgie Smith who plays Tyson Cutler (Chad’s son) nor Kacie Anderson who plays Chad’s daughter put a foot wrong despite some scenes that could be difficult for kids.

I would not say as some do that I really felt sorry for Chad’s family and routed for them, or that I despised them for being criminals. I didn’t make that decision in my mind although I was sad at the mindsets that were portrayed: it’s such a shame that people can live this way with no regard for the rest of society. That said I did enjoy the portrayal of the lives and lifestyles by competent actors that made me believe the story.

The only down side for me that prevented a 10 was the sometimes difficult filming, yet again this hand-held stuff that seems to be trendy to directors these days, but only serves to make us seasick and unable to focus on where the visuals are leading. I pray that one day some director will realize this is an awful way to film.

Click here    In a nutshell a decent story, fabulous acting and great direction means a thoroughly enjoyable evening watching this and an after taste that Michael Fassbender reminds me of the superlative that is Daniel Day Lewis.

(Author: Boristhemoggy from United Kingdom – imdb)


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