When Annie, a 14-year-old girl, is seduced by a 41-year-old internet predator she knows only as “Charlie,” it tears apart her family. While her father becomes obsessed with revenge fantasies, Annie enters therapy, where she refuses to admit she’s been victimized.
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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.
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.
The fact that this dark, thoughtful and somewhat (intentionally) frustrating drama is from the director of RUN FATBOY RUN blows my mind. Well played, Mr. Schwimmer. Excellent work from the cast all around
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.