Sus­pense­ful in­tru­sion

A new tres­pass in Joel Schu­macher’s film ca­reer.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MOVIES - By IAIN BLAIR

IYou ob­vi­ously love mak­ing thrillers like this: Phone booth, 8mm and The num­ber 23. What’s the se­cret to mak­ing a great one?

First, you need a great premise, and this has the pri­mal fear we all have of some­one break­ing into your home in the mid­dle of the night. Then you ratchet up the ten­sion and hope­fully keep ev­ery­one on the edge of their seats.

But I also like to make films with lots of lay­ers, even if they’re not read­ily ap­par­ent. So this is also about class war­fare and the sorry state of the Amer­i­can dream to­day.

In fact, I saw Nic Cage’s char­ac­ter and the gang’s leader as be­ing two sides of the same coin.

They’ve both over-reached for that dream and been fool­ish and landed in big trou­ble. It’s what’s hap­pened in this coun­try to­day. Peo­ple had to have the big house, the jew­ellery, the paint­ings, and many were en­cour­aged by our cor­rupt fi­nan­cial sys­tem, but sim­ply couldn’t af­ford it. N present-day Hol­ly­wood dom­i­nated by bland busi­ness ex­ec­u­tives and po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, the out­spo­ken di­rec­tor Joel Schu­macher stands as a re­fresh­ing throw­back to an era when “show” shared equal foot­ing with busi­ness in “show­biz”.

Schu­macher started out as a cos­tume de­signer for Woody Allen, then helped cre­ate The Brat Pack with such sem­i­nal hit films as The Lost Boys and St. Elmo’s Fire, be­fore go­ing on to di­rect Bat­man For­ever, The Client and Phone Booth. Schu­macher’s lat­est film Tres­pass, is a tense, twist­ing thriller star­ring Os­car win­ners Ni­co­las Cage and Ni­cole Kid­man as a wealthy cou­ple fac­ing the night­mare of a home in­va­sion rob­bery.

The 72 year-old di­rec­tor spoke about mak­ing the film, his long ca­reer and his own night­mares on set. You also like mak­ing films about flawed char­ac­ters.

That’s true. I’ve worked in a lot of gen­res, but I do like to take flawed peo­ple and then heap stress on them and see if it’ll make ’em or break ’em.

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