Adam Smith may not be a director you’re familiar with, but his CV includes the likes of ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Skins’, and the 2012 documentary ‘The Chemical Brothers: Don’t Think’.
Smith’s latest work received very mixed reviews during it’s run at many film festivals last year, which included Toronto and London, but many seem to claim the film will appeal more to a British audience than it did viewers overseas. To me this isn’t all that surprising as the film centres around a British family’s crimes in the countryside and this premise seems a little too small in scale to appeal to the majority of audiences overseas. I think it definitely seems like a film that a British audience will appreciate and enjoy.
Brendan Gleeson’s character, Colby, is the father of Chad, played by Fassbender. This will be the second time this year that Gleeson has played the role of Fassbender’s father, with the first being ‘Assassin’s Creed’, in which Gleeson played Joseph Lynch. Many of those who have reviewed ‘Trespass Against Us’ comment on the strong performances from both actors, as family man Chad tries to put his life of crime behind him, but his father has other ideas.
The official synopsis is as follows:
Three generations of the notorious Cutler family live as outlaws in the Cotswolds, the heart of Britain’s richest countryside. The Cutlers live by their own rules, practising their own way of life—poaching, pilfering and provoking the police. Chad (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his archaic father, Colby (Brendan Gleeson), and a desire to forge a better life for his children. When Colby coerces him into a major robbery one night, Chad is faced with a choice that will change his life forever. Should he follow tradition and do his father’s bidding as his rightful son and heir, or should he break the chain and set out on a new path?
With the law cracking down on the clan, Colby tightening his grip on the family, and prejudices among the local populace becoming ever more hostile, Chad discovers that his destiny may no longer lie in his own hands…
‘Trespass Against Us’ is released on March 3rd in UK cinemas.