The Trust (2016) Review

3Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood share many things in common. They have both been in major Hollywood blockbusters that got them massive notoriety and fame, they have both turned their hand to every genre from horror to serious drama to small indie pics to big scale comic adaptations; they have both been labeled with playing certain types of character, they both feature in my top actors of all time and they are both in The Trust.

The Trust is a brilliant low budget crime thriller directed by brothers Alex and Benjamin Brewer from a script by Ben and Adam Hirsch and centers around two cops in the Evidence Management unit of the Las Vegas police who take a trip to the other side of the law.

Playing slightly against type from what some may expect Elijah Wood’s Lieutenant Jim Stone is a weed smoking prostitute shagging slacker who seemingly doesn’t care about anything at all while Nicolas Cage is his boss Sergeant David Waters an uptight by the book know-it-all constantly belittled and beaten down by his superiors and his ex-cop father played by the legendary Jerry Lewis.

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When Sergeant Waters notices a major discrepancy on a bail receipt which indicates that a small time drug dealer has access to an immense amount of money he begins to pursue the case on his own free time roping in his friend Lieutenant Stone who hates his job so much he would rather help out than work.1

The pair discovers what they believe to be a vast safe hidden in an unassuming local store but rather than turn in the information to their superiors they hatch a dangerous plan to break in and keep the contents for themselves.

With this one decision the duo set themselves on a dark path which leads to corruption and chaos as the heist spins desperately out of control and both are forced to face their own inner ethics before it’s too late to save each other or themselves.

Opening as a rude and lewd cop comedy The Trust artfully shifts towards a much darker tone the further into the story the audience gets where the two central characters begin to change as the intense situation challenges them to make major moral decisions forcing their true selves to emerge.

As mentioned I am a massive fan of both Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood who I feel deserve way more credit than they are given as actors and it is in films such as The Trust that their talents truly shine out as they are given the opportunity to test their range from the comedic to the tragic all in one story.

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Both give amazing performances taking their characters through a transformation from one extreme to the other on the slippery slope from cops to criminals whilst remaining believable and engaging throughout and the script is both punchy and poignant giving them plenty to work with.

For first time feature makers the Brewer Brothers do an outstanding job at the helm offering up some hilarious scenes, interesting shots and a great soundtrack proving they are ones to watch for the future for sure.

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Twisting and turning till it’s terrific tense and tumultuous finale The Trust is a police heist thriller come mixed up morality tale that will have you laughing out loud and holding your breath in equal measures with Cage and Wood performing on top form throughout.

The Trust is out at cinemas and VOD 27th May

Movie Rating: ★★★★☆ 

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