Very good important film! Terrific performances from everyone involved. The plot was just very well made. Scary good is the best way I can describe this movie. You'll walk away knowing you just saw something important and you'll immediately want to take steps to make sure it doesn't happen to you. Go see it.!
In Chicago, the fourteen-year-old Annie lives with her family in the suburb and she has been chatting in a teen chat room in Internet with the sixteen year-old Charlie. When they get close to each other, Charlie tells that he is actually twenty years old. They schedule to meet each other but when Annie meets Charlie, she realizes that he is about thirty-five years old and is disappointed. However, she is seduced by Charlie and loses her virginity to her "boyfriend" in a motel. Her best friend Brittany tells to the school counselor about the relationship of Annie with an older man and the teenager is sent to medical examination. Her parents Will and Lynn are visited by the FBI Agent Doug Tate that is in charge of the investigation. The family is torn apart and while Lynn supports her daughter, Will becomes obsessed to find the sexual predator.
What a brave film! This is such a hard topic to talk about but more so to capture on film without being too preachy. This could have been a mess but director David Schwimmer does a fantastic job of holding everything together along with his excellent cast of actors. The first half of the film was absolutely fantastic...about mid way through though some plot elements came into play that almost held this film back, but the movie stayed focused and did not lose sight of what the most important element of the story was.
I thought this was really good. Hopefully more people see this film as the year goes on since it seems like not too many have seen it. I think it's one of the best so far this year and has many great performances.
First off, David Schwimmer did a masterful job with Trust; tackling a film that most wouldn't want to touch. The way he dealt with the subject was realistic and powerful. The content is disturbing in itself and Schwimmer didn't try to hard to exploit the subject. He presented the tragedy as it would occur in real life, without adding elements of Hollywood tearjerkers. The material is enough to bring tears to anyones eyes and he knew that.
The acting in Trust could not have been better. I'm a big Catherine Keener fan and her performance as the mother of Annie may be her best performance. Clive Owen gives a remarkable performance. You can just feel the intensity in his character rising as the film moves along. Then there is Liana Liberato. What a performance. It's hard to think of a harder role for an actress as young as she is to play. She pulls it off to perfection.
The movies subject is as relevant now as it has ever been or will ever be. With the rise in social networking and the amounts of kids with access to the Internet; not to mention all the sick fucks there are in the world, stories like this are inevitable. Trust shows two sides of this disturbing relationship. First there is the obvious one; the predator. The guy who goes online, searching for young girls that he can manipulate easily. Then there is the actual victim. It is hard to watch a young, innocent girl fall for this guys trickery. And it is actually happening. What would make a girl get in a car with a guy 20-some years older than herself? Is the next generation losing self-respect, or just their common sense? This is an underlying theme. It doesn't directly ask these questions, but as a viewer I can't help asking them because I see way too often in real life.
Trust is an extremely hard movie to watch at times, but it is also a compelling drama that glues your eyes to the screen. It is impossible to look away. After the movie ends and the credits start to roll; Schwimmer shows us the most disturbing and chilling part of the whole movie; also, the most important part of the movie. We have this preconceived theory that all sexual predators are easy to spot; that they are uneducated and outcasts. They couldn't be our neighbor or co-worker because that guy is normal. With this last little handheld camera work, Schwimmer shows us that it could be that "normal" guy that you know. It could be anyone.
This is the most important movie of the year and is a must watch, despite its disturbing material.
A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator.
Trust is a laundry checklist of everything that could happen after an underage teen is raped by a man 20 years older than she. If you infer an ironic tone, you'd be right because presenting all the possible reactions and actions to a rape is not always dramatically the best action. Too much already. Director David Schwimmer of Friends fame does a credible job establishing an authenticity about the rape but less so when showing the family before the act as so happy as to be almost nauseatingly unreal. Fortunately Schwimmer has Clive Owen as the father, Will Cameron, and Catherine Keener as mother, Lynn Cameron.
These veterans could make ice feel warm, and Owen as the troubled father anchors the film in credulity. What saves this film from cliché hell is the dogged adherence to authenticity about the circumstances of the violation, from the universal ambivalence of the teen, Annie (Liana Liberato), with her neuroses about her looks and her desire to be favored by the in-crowd to her cluelessness about how ordinary people cope with anonymous predators. But the real dramatic action comes with Owens' spot-on take of father Will Cameron, whose ad-exec life has had him in control of his life and his family. Not so after the rape, which leaves him vulnerable to anger with his daughter and revenge on the rapist. It's Will who makes us think about our own reactions to such a tragedy, torn as we might be between justice and vigilantism.
A long way from his Ross Gellar days, director David Schwimmer directs this film with a deliberately slow pace and shots that don't necessarily sympathize with any one character. Some shots take the perspective of Annie, the young impressionable 16 year old girl who is raped by a pedophile, but the bulk of the movie passes over with an objective gaze. It sympathies with few people, including Annie. Music is barely used, and the staging of the scenes keeps the action at the forefront, with most of the mise en scene blurred into the background.
This is the, IMO, the best way to shoot this kind of film. We will automatically sympathize with the family because of what has been done to them. But Trust is not so much after sympathy than to show how negligent parenting, teen loneliness, the internet, the disturbing nature of sex offenders, and childish innocence all contribute to this heartbreaking outcome. There is no easy resolution. When you're dealing with a rape victim, the damage has already been done and the only thing left to do then is to treat that woman with as much compassion as you can and hope they can move past it. Forget about the criminal; if he's caught, he's caught, but that doesn't change what happened. The film leaves you wondering, could this have been prevented and if so, how?
Director: David Schwimmer
Summary: After curious and vulnerable teenager Annie (Liana Liberato) falls into a trap set by an online sexual predator, her family begins to disintegrate, uncertain how to cope with such a devastating tragedy. Utterly consumed by rage, her father (Clive Owen) sets out seeking vengeance.
My Thoughts: "I knew not only watching this film but even trying to review it was going to be difficult. It is a subject that hits very close to home for me. I see how some wouldn't understand how naive Annie could be and is in her feelings or I should say mixed feelings. The film is perfectly titled 'Trust'. Cause that is why she is feeling all those mixed feelings. Here is a person she shared a lot with, who was giving her the attention she was wanting and not receiving elsewhere, and most importantly made her believe he loved her, so therefore lies the 'Trust'. Being a young girl at the ripe age of thirteen is a confusing time as it is for a young boy as well. So when it takes Annie the time it took for her to understand what has happened, I am not surprised and not at all in disbelief of it. It of course seems obvious to most, but most viewing the film are not young thirteen year olds who have been in this position. All she was feeling was correct and that is what is so hard for her father to understand. This film shows just how easy it is for a young girl or boy to be misguided into trusting someone that you know they shouldn't. Annie refuses to see truth because she doesn't want to accept what has happened or accept the role she had in it. That just goes to show you how easy it is for a 'Charlie' to manipulate a young girl and play on her insecurities and make her feel bad for how she's feeling. This film is no after school special or life time flick. This is a real film in the sense that it does not sugar coat the details or the truth in the situation. It is played out in the most realistic way which is refreshing. The ending credits is a great reminder of that. The acting is fantastic by all but especially by Liana Liberato. She was so excellent at portraying all the emotions. She's a great young actress. The film is a nightmare where the monster is very real and that can very much come true, which makes it even more frightening. Kudos to David Schwimmer for making such a raw and honest film. He did an amazing job."
In the wrong hands, a premise such as this could have been exploitative and preachy, but Schwimmer plays it straight and focus' most on the father (Clive Owen in award-worthy form) trying to deal with the situation, the victim (Liana Liberato) not quite grasping if she was the target of a predator or not, and the mother (Catherine Keener) who seems to keep her feelings hidden untill she unleashes them on her husband in volcanic ways. This all leads to a riveting family dynamic that make up a bulk of the film and is played out in the most intense and unpredictable way. The film never resorts to shlock tactics (such as an "inevitable confrontation"), but instead opts for a fitting ending with a last-minute kicker that doesn't undermine everything that came before it.
Trust is one of the best films of the year. Schwimmer followed up his last (comedic) directorial effort with a much darker, disturbing one, and in turn has become a filmmaker worthy of praise. Keep an eye out for what he does next.
No. This is that David Schwimmer: Ross from the wildly popular TV sitcom "Friends." He turned himself into a film director, which is news in and of itself, but he also chose the most challenging subject matter imaginable on which to build his directorial reputation. This demonstrates a very impressive level of guts. I am also happy to report that Schwimmer delivers, immediately setting himself apart as one of the most talented directors in Hollywood.
Schwimmer's breakthrough is reminiscent of what we've seen from Ben Affleck in the last few years. Like Schwimmer, Affleck was very famous but not taken seriously. Almost everyone with a brain surely snickered when they heard that Affleck wanted to direct a serious film. Lo and behold, his first film, "Gone Baby Gone," was a tremendous achievement (on my Top 10 list of 2007).
Cher also comes to mind. In interviews, she reported being in a movie theater in 1983 shortly before the opening of "Silkwood." A trailer for the movie came on. When her name appeared on screen, everyone in the theater laughed. A month or so later, no one was laughing when she received an Oscar nomination for her performance. Mark Wahlberg also comes to mind. He brilliantly succeeded in the 1990s at turning himself into someone other than Marky Mark. One could also go back to Marilyn Monroe's struggle to be taken seriously as an actress after she had become known as a blonde bombshell.
It's tough to live down a reputation as a pop celebrity. Not many have done it. Add David Schwimmer to the short list of those who've tried and succeeded.
"Trust" is no masterpiece, but it's a brave, purposeful work that explores humanity at its most despicable and magically leaves you in an ennobled place. It is not torture porn; in fact, there's not a gratuitous moment in the film. But it is unflinching. You don't see everything that happens to the girl, but you see -- and hear -- much of it. If you have difficulty looking at tragedy in the face, this is not the film for you.
"Trust" is not sensationalistic at all. It was produced out of grief and the yearning to heal. I don't know if Mr. Schwimmer has experienced anything as horrific as what is depicted in "Trust," but he's got an extraordinary empathy toward all the characters in the story, particularly the girl and her father.
An outstanding teenage actress named Liana Liberato, in only her second feature film, plays the main character, Annie, a very pretty but awkward, shy girl who falls in love with her Internet chat-buddy, who she initially thinks is a high-school boy.
Her parents are played by Catherine Keener and Clive Owen, who gives a heart-wrenching performance as a dad blaming himself for not protecting his daughter. The first half of the film is about the girl; the second half is about her father. The film finds new ways to explore how the families of rape victims are sometimes almost as torn apart by the experience as the victims themselves.
It also nicely examines the contours of this from a distinctively male point of view. Until this, I'd never really thought about what the father of a teenage rape victim must go through. I have Mr. Schwimmer to thank for helping me see this better -- and screenwriters Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger.
"Trust" is recommended for anyone who values serious drama and wants to combat one of the worst -- and most commonplace -- tragedies of our time. We owe it to our kids to see this film.
Now let's get things straight! This is not a romantic film, in fact it is far away from that. But can it fall into the "love" category? Yes, actually it can. While Charlie may have lied to Annie, and Annie may have been hurt. Can't some of us say that we've had this experience before? The experience of being hurt from love? Annie believed that what she had with Charlie was love, and she does believe that throughout the film. Even AFTER she had been hurt, of course she soon learns that all he wanted was sex. We will feel every feeling that the film, attempts to give us. These feelings are all thanks to the acting in the film, the script, and the emotionally moving plot. Let's start with Annie who was played by Liana Liberato. This girl was only fifteen when she played in this film. She plays an uncomfortable role and she is also having to go through very dramatic scenes, and not only dramatic but disturbing as well. Can you imagine how uncomfortable any young fifteen year old girl would have acted in this movie? Well not Liana Liberato, that's for sure. It's as if this whole experience in the film is really happening. Oh, and of course another great role in the movie is from Clive Owen, who plays Annie's father. The way he brings his angry emotions together through every scene, is amazing. It's as if this is all really happening to her, and he is very angry by it. Unfortunately, while this film may be powerful in some ways. It does not give us enough of what the story is supposed to be. The plot claims to be centering on Charlie and Annie. But as the story moves on...it starts to be about Annie and her father instead. It's as if the entire movie suddenly became a father-daughter story, for some this will be a relief from the disturbing moments, and for others this may just be disappointing. But, still this is a film in which we should all watch, because it reminds us to be careful with the Internet. For that not everyone is who they say they are. Watch this movie!