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Trespass Against Us (2016)

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A man looks to find a way to escape the criminal ways of his outlaw family.

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Adam Smith
2 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Fassbender ... Chad Cutler
Brendan Gleeson ... Colby Cutler
Lyndsey Marshal ... Kelly Cutler
Georgie Smith Georgie Smith ... Tyson Cutler
Rory Kinnear ... P.C. Lovage
Killian Scott ... Kenny
Sean Harris ... Gordon Bennett
Kingsley Ben-Adir ... Sampson
Kacie Anderson Kacie Anderson ... Mini Cutler
Gerard Kearns ... Lester
Tony Way ... Norman
Barry Keoghan ... Windows
Ezra Khan Ezra Khan ... Jamail
Alan Williams ... Noah
Anastasia Hille ... Mrs. Crawley
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Living as pariahs on the outskirts of Gloucestershire, three generations of Cutlers, the infamous family of professional criminals, spend their time planning the next heist and mocking the Police. Under Colby's wing, the family's patriarch, the one who pulls all the strings and the source of all evil, Chad the eldest son, finds himself wavering from his desire to live a quiet life with his wife and son away from crime and his fearful respect to his father. When Colby devises a plan targeting Lord Lieutenant's inestimable private collection of art, the Police will come after them hard and a life of bad decisions, violence and crime will begin to collapse, underlining the fact that Chad, his father's worthy son and heir needs to make his decisions fast. Will he attempt to oppose and break up the family, or will he spread wings and begin to live his new life? After all, you've only got one family.. Written by Nick Riganas

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United by Blood, Divided by Fear. See more »


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Rated R for pervasive language, some disturbing behavior and brief graphic nudity | See all certifications »

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UK

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English

Release Date:

24 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Nož u našim leđima See more »

Filming Locations:

The Queens Square, Adeyfield See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Brendan Gleeson portrays Michael Fassbender's father for a second time in the 2016 box office bomb "Assassins Creed", in which Michael Fassbender leads and co-produces. See more »

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Colby Cutler: Everyone does a bit of time, you know, sooner or later. Can be God's medicine, prison can be, Tyson. Teaches you what's important.
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Forgive Me
Written by Wilbert Harrison
Published by Wilberton Music Publishers c/o/ Artists Rights Enforcement Corp.
Performed by C. 'Happy' Thomas
Used by permission of CC Adcock
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Trespassing isn't always the way
28 February 2017 | by coreyjdenfordSee all my reviews

This review of Trespass Against Us is spoiler free

** (2/5)

IN MANY WAYS, Trespass Against Us is an optimistic film implementing the gravitas of family values through three generations of Irish travellers. A narcissistic Christian father Colby Cutler (Brian Gleeson), he gives advice to the other members, his life values are inherited into Chad (Michael Fassbender) who lived under his father's shadow, which is influenced into the young eyes of his son Tyson (Georgie Smith).

Opening firmly with Tyson, Chad, and his father enjoying hare coursing. We learn here that Colby, will do anything to keep his family together he won't let them leave with his vice-like grip on them. He gives Chad jobs he doesn't want to do which gets him in a lot of trouble with typical police baddie Rory Kinnear. This ends up in turmoil for him and his family as he is constantly getting arrested, until his wife (Marshall) decides that she has had enough of Colby's ways she wants out.

This brings emotional heft as Colby tries his best to try and teach her that this is best for her family, he also preachers to her that the world is flat and there is no-where to go, but she ignores this and goes for it anyway. Unfortunately what she doesn't expect is that Chad is on another one of Colby's organised jobs, such as thievery, leading her to disbelieve in him. Colby will do anything to keep them together, even if that means threatening. The film get's progressively worse as the pacing begins to get shaky there are moments when it feels slower than it should and a couple of scenes that outstay there welcome.

However, it's not all bad as the performances by the two main stars are the heft with this, in addition there is also a shining set-piece involving a painted yellow Fiat Punto speeding through the streets of the closest town. Also first-time filmmaker Adam Smith adds some pathos here, when we learn that Chad will do literally anything to make his kids happy even if that means breaking and entering to steal an innocent animal for his son's birthday.

Sadly as much as it tries to add the emotional heft of togetherness there is one thing on our minds heading to the final moments, as we don't fully learn what the film's title Trespass Against Us really means, it's hard to understand what kind of message this film is firmly sending, seemingly it sends the in-depth message of family - perhaps sending one of learning to let go from those you love, whatever it is, it's not here.

VERDICT: A horribly put-together British crime-drama with a thin plot that even the performances can't save.


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