Hypothetical Netflix Rating: 3.4 out of 5 stars
Nicolas Cage is a hot button issue for some people and I’m not entirely sure why. I mean, I get it, he’s not great in everything he does, but come on, no one’s perfect. You gotta realize, movies are a numbers game. Nick Cage is in at least a movie a year, lately three or four. All I’m saying is watch 8mm and tell me he can’t act. Anyway, The Trust (2016) stars Nicolas Cage and Elijah Wood as a pair of CSI (that’s crime scene investigators if you haven’t seen a TV for over a decade) who enter into an agreement to rob a drug dealer who has this strange vault in his safe house.
Acting wise, the movie is carried entirely by Cage and Wood. And yes, Nicolas Cage is not terrible in this. Towards the end, he goes crazy Cage, but it works for his character arc. Elijah Wood has the stronger performance, but that’s just because he has the more complex character. His motivation is a little murkier and his arc is the core of the theme “trust”.
At the end of the day, this is a solid story. A good amount of twists and turns. I did not see the ending coming which was nice. I had written this movie off as a 3 star movie from the get go. I was wrong. This is better than a 3, but not by much; clearly you can read and already knew that.
If you like crime movies, you’ll like this one.