Completely all over the map in the first third, film eventually found it's calm waters as attention turned to father figure, and drama started to revolve around generational issues, bringing out some unnerving observations with a continuously creepy aftertaste. However, maintaining a dissection of a community stereotyped to such levels of banality, it's hard to take it as serious as it wants to be.
The situation depicted in Trust is all too real and extremely serious. Unfortunately, the film itself is like a modern day Reefer Madness. As if the assault wasn't bad enough, Schwimmer piled on every bad thing that could happen (some realistic, some not so much). That, the overused stereotypes,the horrid acting, the predictability...all more prominent than the topic. What a shame.
Powerhouse performance by young Liana Liberato carries this film above its tv movie trappings. A young girl is taken advantage of by an internet predator and her parents struggle to come to terms with it as the daughter at first denies it rape. Hard watch especially as a parent hitting home as one realizes the limits we have to protect our kids in the digital age Gives into cliche at times but overall quite strong.
Trust tries to be provocative and avoid easy answers in its story of sexual predators on the Web, though it veers toward melodrama at times. It does have a great performance by teen Liana Liberato that makes it worthwhile just for her, http://eddieonfilm.blogspot.com/2010/11/no-easy-resolutions-but-one-spectacular.html
Overcomes a rather obvious first third to actually become an unsettling view on an easily exploited topic. Clive Owen masters the smoldering anger of his character, and Liana Liberato carefully calibrates the sympathy, frustration, and anger that the audience feels for hers. As a director, Schwimmer can improve, but his work with the cast is stellar. He is certainly a talent that can develop.
Painfully, unflinchingly honest movie about some of the many ways we damage each other. Schwimmer's film never goes for the easy answer - everything is complicated, all the performances nuanced and credible. I know that credits are negotiated by agents but Liana Liberato really deserves to be credited above the title with Clive Owen and Catherine Keener for her astonishingly complex performance.
Tragically inept. I think only Chatroom (Hideo Nakata, 2010) did worse in representing the Boogeyman that lurks in the shadows of social networks. Technophobia mixed with feel-good rhetoric: a misguided cautionary tale for the suburban crowds. Although apparently unrelated, Atom Egoyan's Adoration (2008) covers similar themes with subtlety and wit.
This movie was so good. Horrible, but good. I loved that it wasn't your typical story at all. Really good acting! I thought it was really horrible how the girl thought he was her boyfriend and the moment she realised he wasn't was so emotional. I'm still not really recovered after watching this. Really touching.