Trespass Against Us: Film Review



I’ve got quite used to seeing Michael Fassbender in big blockbusters like Prometheus and X-Men or even period pieces like Macbeth so I was keen to see him do something I haven’t seen in a while – something gritty, indie and very British.

He plays Chad, a traveller who is currently living with his wife Kelly (Lyndsey Marshal) and their two kids somewhere in the West Country. His dad Colby (Brendan Gleeson) also lives in the community and manipulates him into doing criminal acts, which Chad no longer wants to do. He hopes to one day escape the clutches of his dad and live an easy, quiet life but there’s not many job prospects for someone who can’t read or write and he is easily pressured by his father into doing ‘one more job’.

Chad knows how to drive a car extremely well, making him the perfect man for a getaway driver and his car chase scenes are a lot of fun to watch because he always seems to give the police the slip. It’s just a shame that the other scenes aren’t so entertaining because they’re quite messy and all over the place tonally. One minute it was gritty and the next, a bit comedic.

Fassbender adopts a thick West Country accent and sometimes says words wrong because Chad’s not educated and this makes him quite hard to understand. Same goes for Gleeson, who could have been talking in riddles for all I could make out of his dialogue.

It’s hard to get behind Chad even though you sympathise with his struggle for a better life because he’s an infuriating character. You want him to just stop and break free but he doesn’t help himself. He also smokes non-stop, swears like a sailor (in front of his kids) and wears interesting tracksuit and hunting shirt combos. Gleeson was pretty menacing with some sort of hold over his son. They both give awesome performances though.

This is very hit and miss. I liked it in places and was ambivalent or confused in others. It took me ages to get involved in the film and I left feeling unsatisfied. I can’t exactly pinpoint what my main issue was, but it wasn’t the fun crime caper nor the gritty crime drama I expected.

Seen as part of the 60th BFI London Film Festival. Released on Friday 3rd March 

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