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Saturday, June 8, 2013

Trespass (1992)

"Trespass" (1992) is an action crime thriller directed by Walter Hill and written by Bob Gale and Robert Zemeckis. The star-studded cast includes Bill Paxton, William Sadler, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Bruce A. Young, and Stoney Jackson. The film is non-stop intensity from beginning to end. The story's premise is straightforward, but how things play out keeps you glued to the screen. Two firefighters (Paxton and Sadler) discover a map leading them to stolen gold in an abandoned St. Loius building. While searching for the gold, they witness a gang murder an adversary. However, the gang leader (Ice-T) notices one of the men standing near the dead body, and things escalate.

Hill shot most of the film between Atlanta and Memphis, even though the film's setting is St. Louis. Universal Pictures wanted to release the movie earlier than December. However, due to the LA riots in the Spring of '92 and because the original title was "The Looters," they changed the title and remarketed the film. Unfortunately, the riots' timing and the film's storyline made a poor impression on a larger audience because the movie had a white versus black component. Still, it had nothing to do with one group hating another group.

The soundtrack is the good raw, gutter, and in-your-face early 90s hip-hop. Ice-T and Ice Cube performed the title song on the soundtrack. Makes your wish there was a collab album between the two at the time. Other artists include Black Sheep, Public Enemy, WC, Lord Finesse, and Gang Starr. Check out that soundtrack if you want something to give you that Golden Age vibe. It's incredibly underrated compared to other hip-hop soundtracks released in the 90s.

Director: Walter Hill
Writer: Bob Gale, Robert Zemeckis

Starring Bill Paxton, William Sadler, Ice-T, Ice Cube, Bruce A. Young, Stoney Jackso, Art Evans, Glen Plummer, De'voreaux White, Tom Lister Jr., T.E. Russell, John Toles-Bey, Byron Minns, Tico Wells, Hal Landon Jr., James Pickens Jr., L. Warren Young

Firefighters Vince (Bill Paxton) and Don (William Sadler) venture into the gang-infested territory to find gold hidden inside an abandoned building. But when they witness a murder, they become the targets of crime lord King James (Ice-T) and his underling Savon (Ice Cube). Fortunately, the treasure hunters have kidnapped a bargaining chip: King James' half-brother, Lucky (Devoreaux White).