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Maverick director Walter Hill, who had a big hit with 48 Hrs., indulges his customary yen for violent and disturbing scenes in this overlooked action film, which was also released under the name Looters. Set in the economically-depressed town of East St. Louis, IL, the film's release was delayed several months because its riot scenes were too similar to those that actually took place in the summer of 1992 in L.A. Bill Paxton plays Vince and Bill Sadler plays Don. They are a couple of good-old-boy firefighters who are tipped off that some stolen gold treasures have been hidden in an old… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 68%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"There's something bracing about the utter amorality of Trespass."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"For the undemanding, it may seem a fair stand-off; but compared to Hill's best work, it's merely a jerk-off."
‑ Geoff Andrew, Time Out
"While Trespass might have been more compelling, it still displays far more style and intelligence than the average contemporary action thriller."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Fast-moving pulp"
‑ Daniel Eagan, Film Journal International
"A sub-par film that showed the potential for the Brothers Ice to be much better actors than they are musical performers. They make the film almost worth watching. Yes, I said almost."
‑ Widgett Walls,
"In a season dominated by bloated blockbuster wannabes, it's easy to respond to the lean-and-mean B-movie pleasures of Trespass."
‑ Owen Gleiberman, Entertainment Weekly
"Everything in the screenplay seems arbitrary, including the firefighting jobs assigned to the two would-be treasure-seekers. They could as easily be magazine salesmen or amateur songwriters."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Hill stages some typically electric action scenes."
‑ Rob Gonsalves,
"Despite plenty of plot holes, cartoonish characterization and the general impression that no one involved is taking things too seriously, Hill manages to deliver a minor gem within the tense and claustrophobic confines of the slum walls."
‑ , Film4
"Hill has obviously tried to make a hip, ultra-violent actioneer, but what he ends up with is more a choppy, ultimately boring pastiche involving endless shots of automatic weapons fire and peoples' legs pumping furiously as they scramble..."
‑ Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle
"Director Walter Hill's handling of the action is fluid and kinetic, making the film a pleasure to watch for the expertness of its craft."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"Does Trespass have any lasting significance? No. Does it do anything particularly well? No, only skillfully."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"An intense and unique action-thriller with that distinct Walter Hill touch."
‑ Chuck O'Leary, Fantastica Daily
"Okay action movie full of twists and double crosses."
‑ Fred Topel,
"Claustrophobic, taut and efficient, like a streamlined car designed to simply get you there, Trespass wastes no time in setting up its premise -- and then just barrels along with an in-your-face attitude and plenty of tightly wound tension."
‑ Chris Hicks, Deseret News, Salt Lake City
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