The Trust

Posted: June 1, 2016 in Dark Comedy
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You just reached for my phone in a suspicious manner.

Year Released : 2016the_trust_
Director : Alex and Benjamin Brewer
Cast : Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood and Ethan Suplee

If there’s one thing I like then it’s unpredictable actors, and by that I mean those in which you are never going to truly know what type of role that they’re going to take on next. It’s one of the reasons why I don’t enjoy films by actors such as Jason Statham (who I’m pretty certain plays the same character in every single movie), but and that is certainly isn’t the case with Elijah Wood and Nicolas Cage.

I’m not going to lie, whilst I find the criticism of Nicolas Cage harsh, I’ve never really been that bothered about most of his films, which are very hit and miss to say the least. He was excellent in “Lord of War” and “Kick Ass”, but the less said about some of his other roles, such as that in “Left Behind”, the better.

Elijah Wood on the other hand is definitely a very flexible actor. Since his acclaimed role as Frodo in the “Lord of the Rings” franchise, Mr Wood has chosen a variety of different projects in a variety of genres. One minute he’s a football hooligan in “Green Street”, or a psychopath in “Maniac”, and the next he is a poetry lover that meets his hero in “Set Fire to the Stars”.

They are two very diverse actors, and it’ll be interesting to see if they can pull off working together.

Plot

Stone (Cage) and Waters (Wood) are two cops that work in the evidence room at the precinct. They are exceptionally bored by their lives, that is until they realise that something fishy is going on down at a local company following on from a massive bail receipt for one it’s workers. They travel to the address listed and discover a building in which deliveries are always being made, but not once does a vehicle leave the building.

The two work out that there must be something worth hiding in there and they start making plans to break into the building, including buying a drill that costs $20,000, something that neither of them can really afford, but they do it anyway. Waters gains a copy of the blueprints and figures out that a specific room in the building must be a very large safe.

One night they break into the apartment directly above the location of the supposed safe. They eventually successfully get into the safe, but what’s in there is something that Waters hadn’t anticipated, and the pair should be more worried about what’s in the apartment.

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Do Wood and Cage work well together?

There is definitely a “buddy cop” feel to a large portion of this movie, which does work quite well thanks to the efforts of Wood and Cage respectively, but the problems with “The Trust” aren’t to do with the acting, it’s the lack of tension in the story and the way it’s pretty much a film of two halves.

The dynamic between Stone and Waters works well, and is probably the only part of the final act that I did actually like. Their relationship shifts and develops well throughout the story, and you can see where both are coming from in the final few scenes as things start doing against how one of them had planned. You never truly feel as though they’re acting out of more than just a common interested, and this is excellently evidenced in the final 20 or so minutes. That’s where the positives end.

Whilst the first half of the story feels like a dark-comedy set in a neo-noir style setting, the second half of the film feels very serious and is far less enjoyable. You see where both characters are coming from when they get further down the line in the film, but everything in the final act of the film, especially the final five or so minutes, feels very forced and unnatural.

I’m not going to sit here and claim that I was going to give it the approved stamp at any point, it isn’t that the film was that great in the first half of the film, but the second half is definitely weaker, and the way that the film ends just feels so “meh”. This is because of a character that is introduced in the final third of the film that doesn’t seem to really add any value whatsoever, except for having an impact on the fate of one of the two characters.

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Therein is the problem with “The Trust”, there aren’t that many characters, and those that are there aren’t really that interesting. Whilst Stone and Waters are obviously built well, they’re not supported in the slightest by other characters, especially Ethan Suplee’s character (simply called Detective in the credits), a character who has development that starts and ends with that he likes to play Russian Roulette with people he is interrogating. If you can’t be bothered to give your character a proper name then why should I be invested?

Visually the film is appealing in the early parts (I’m a sucker for neon), but as the film goes on it gets considerably grayer and less attention grabbing, and the soundtrack is similar in many ways, in toher words getting gradually less interesting as the film’s run time commences.

Overall, “The Trust” is ok, at best. I think of it in a way that had I seen it at the cinema then would it feature in my bottom 10 for a year? Probably not, but it wouldn’t feature on a list that resembled anything majorly positive.

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Summary

A film where the trailer didn’t really reflect the more interesting parts of the story is common place these days, but even then this whole film feels pretty disconnected from it, and it’s really worth the 90 minutes of effort you’ll put in if you’ll watch it.

Wood and Cage do a reasonable job, but are given a very distinctive lack of support from an underwhelming cast of supporting characters, and a film that loses a lot of it’s watchability factor as it goes on.

If you’re going to watch it, then don’t be surprised to not be enjoying yourself.

 

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