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The Trust

Film Information

Plot: A nihilistic cop teams up wont a reluctant young officer to stage a heist.
Release Date: 18th July 2016
Format: DVD
Director(s): Alex & Benjamin Brewer.
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Elijah Wood, Jerry Lewis, Sky Ferreira
BBFC Certificate: 15
Country Of Origin: USA
Review By: Paula Hammond
Film Rating
4/ 5


Bottom Line

Fine performances make for a hugely watchable cop drama.

Posted July 18, 2016 by

Film Review

Nicolas Cage is one of those actors who’s always looking for an edge. That certain something to elevate a character beyond what’s written in the script. In Kick Ass, his genius was in playing Big Daddy as Adam West’s Batman – but only when he’s actually in costume. In Wild At Heart, Cage’s dance-like body language added a predatory, unsettling twang to a film that’s often reviewed as a rom-com. In Leaving Las Vegas, he was at his most sober, understated, and poignant.

There’s an intensity about Nicholas Cage’s onscreen persona that’s led to entire internet sites dedicated to the actor ‘losing his sh*t’. But reducing his appearances to lists of quirky one-liners and physical ticks does Cage a great disservice. If you pay for Bruce Willis, you get Bruce Willis. Pay for Nicolas Cage and you a performance.

In The Trust, he once again brings something wonderful to the table. Lieutenant Jim Stone is a good man and a good cop. Frustrated, disillusioned, lumbered with a a senile father (Jerry Lewis) and zero prospects, he’s also a seething mass of resentment and suppressed rage.

After stumbling across a paper trail that leads to a hidden cache of drug money, Stone enlists David Waters, a disillusioned stoner colleague (Elijah Wood), and sets about planning the perfect heist. However, as stakes are raised, Stone’s veneer of zen calm begins to crumble and Waters suddenly realises just how psychotic this bad lieutenant is.

The Brewer Brother’s directorial debut is a melange of witty dialogue, oddball characters, and dark humour. Like that other sibling duo – the Coen Brothers – the Brewers also clearly know how to cast a movie too. The result is a hugely watchable cop drama. Tense in all the right places, with a clever script, and an on-screen pairing of Wood and Cage that’s wonderfully free of buddy-cop cliches.

Paula Hammond - Features Editor

Paula Hammond is a full-time, freelance journalist. She regularly writes for more magazines than is healthy and has over 25 books to her credit. When not frantically scribbling, she can be found indulging her passions for film, theatre, cult TV, sci-fi and real ale. If you should spot her in the pub, after five rounds rapid, she’ll be the one in the corner mumbling Ghostbusters quotes and waiting for the transporter to lock on to her signal… Email:


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