GJ David Schimmer. Didn't know Ross had such good movies on his directorial roster.
A well directed movie by David Schwimmer.
Liana Liberato goes above and beyond in her acting as Annie, the naive 14-year old protagonist. Clive Owen is just as good as the emotionally distraught father who seeks revenge for the monster who did what he did to his little girl.
The reason this movie is so well done is because it leaves you in a torrent of emotion. You feel sadness and pity, but also waves of anger and disbelief that this kind of bull is actually happening in real life.
The aftermath was difficult to watch as well. After the rape (and yes, it was rape) watching the young girl stick up for this pedophile because she mistakenly believed he loved her. The parents made so many mistakes.. I wouldn't have given her another cell phone and her computer use would be monitored like a hawk. It was difficult to watch the family disintegrate but I understood their anger and frustration.
I wish the ending had more resolution.... it was interesting to see where they had all met "Charlie/Winston" but I wish they had shown him getting caught by the FBI or the father having 10 minutes alone with him. I felt angry when this was over.
There's some fine performances, but the film itself is a big build up to nothing, lacking the guts to tackle it's controversial subject.