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Trust

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A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.

Director: David Schwimmer

Writers: Andy Bellin, Robert Festinger

Staring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener and Liana Liberato

 

Clive Owen

Lianna Liberato

David Schwimmer and Clive Owen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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One Review for “Trust”

  1. Let me start this review by saying that it is biased. It cannot be any other way, as I am a producer at the company that financed, produced and distributed this film. However, now that I have dealt with that issue, I must say that “Trust” is the finest movie to ever come out of Millennium Films.

    “Trust” was released last Friday on 28 screens in mostly New York and Los Angeles. During its initial weekend, it did not do very well. In fact, it basically bombed. However, that should not be taken away from the fact that this is a very well made film.

    David Schwimmer of Friends’ fame directed this dramatic thriller about the effects of a family caused by an Internet child predator. The film stars Clive Owen as the father of a 14 year old girl named Annie who is portrayed in an Oscar caliber performance by newcomer Liana Liberato. The mother in the family is portrayed by Catherine Keener who is mostly known for her role in “The Forty Year Old Virgin.”

    Schwimmer, who spends a lot of his charitable time working with rape centers, has shown that he can handle the delicate subject matter with class and without being exploitive. He has crafted great performance out of both Ms. Liberato and Mr. Owen. In fact, the film lives on both of them.

    The story opens with much Internet chat between Annie and Charlie (Chris Henry Coffey). Although this is all done with subtitles while you see Annie either texting or sitting in front of the computer, it is not boring. During the conversations in which Annie is lured into the trap, you see her 14 year old emotions and hormones being dealt with in an extremely classy way. And, you do not feel that Charlie is anything more than he says he is. Annie is falling in love and you feel the emotional tie between them.

    When Annie finally meets Charlie in a mall, both she and the audience are shocked to discover that Charlie is middle aged. Annie however forgives him as she believes he loves her as much as she loves him. She is then talked into his hotel room and surrenders her innocence in as tasteful a manner as this subject matter can be shown. In the end, she believes that the two will end up together and live happily ever after. Annie is smitten with the older man.

    All of this changes when Annie tells her best friend in school about the tryst and the best friend reports it to the officials at the high school. Annie is immediately led away by the police and the horror begins. Throughout the whole ordeal with the police and with her family, Annie still believes that she and Charlie will be together in the end because they are in love.

    The emotional climax of the movie occurs when Annie is told by the investigating Detective that Charlie has done this before and that she is not the only one. At this point, Annie realizes she has been raped and the final destruction of the family occurs. Annie runs away and ends up crying in the arms of her psychiatrist.

    However, the main point of conflict in the movie is not the story of the rape and its aftermath, but the effect the rape has on the relationship between Annie and her father and the effect the rape has on the relationship between the parents. Schwimmer’s masterful direction brings all of the emotions and frustrations of all three family members through with gripping style. The father’s obsession with capturing the predator becomes the main story point in the film.

    The only problem that I have with this film and apparently audiences are having as well is that the subject matter of the material is so hard to watch. From a marketing standpoint, this movie is a nightmare.

    Lastly, the movie excels in portraying mid-western family values without the usual Hollywood liberal slant.

    On the whole I give this movie five stars.

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