Today: February 23, 2024

The Trust

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:

Previous Story

The Magnificent Seven

Next Story

Ice Age Cast Chat

Latest from Blog


Memory (2023)

Memory is an exquisite American drama in the tender embrace of Michel Franco’s cinematic prowess.

Billions Complete Series Unboxing

As Paul Giamatti remains a frontrunner in the race for this year’s Academy Award for Best Actor with his beautifully layered performance in The Holdovers, there’s no better time to catch up

Beverly Hills Cop Trilogy Unboxing

The heat is on. Eddie Murphy’s beloved street-smart Detroit cop Axel Foley is coming back to our screens in the highly-anticipated fourth entry in the Beverly Hills Cop series this summer, so

Footloose Steelbook Unboxing

One of the quintessential films of the 1980s, the endearingly cheesy Footloose has a ridiculous premise – a town that bans dancing – but it’s hard not to get swept up in

Slaughter in San Francisco

A gloriously trashy slice of kung fu film-making, Slaughter in San Francisco, AKA Yellow-Faced Tiger, was producer Raymond Chow’s attempt to capitalise on Hong Kong cinema’s sudden explosion of popularity in the West. Released in 1974,
Go toTop

Don't Miss

The Color Out Of Space

Arguably, no genre writer has been as influential as H.P.