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Trust: Powerful and Emotional Cautionary Drama

  • Catherine KeenerClive Owen...
  • DramaThriller
  • David Schwimmer
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Omar Atef
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Trust: Powerful and Emotional Cautionary Drama
When their 14-year-old daughter Annie (Liberato) meets a boy online, parents Will (Owen) and Lynn (Keener) are left completely in the dark as a relationship begins to develop. Several months of online chatting and phone calls pass before Annie’s boyfriend Charlie confesses that he lied about his age and that he’s actually older than her. Unperturbed and completely infatuated, Annie agrees to meet with him, unbeknownst to her parents.

Upon meeting Charlie in person, Annie realises that the past few months of seduction have been a complete lie, and Charlie is in fact a much older man. Unaware of the consequences of her actions, she chooses to continue her relationship with him, much to the horror of her parents who discover that their daughter has been seduced by a sexual predator. Together, the family struggle to deal with what is every parent’s nightmare in this common age of technology and invasion of privacy, and Annie must survive the devastating realisation that she is a victim, not a girlfriend.

Just as the title implies, the film’s plot revolves around the concept of trust in this modern day. It’s a story of a young girl who puts her naive trust in the wrong person. The brilliant part of this story is how realistically it is portrayed. The issue of online sexual predators is one that all parents around the world can relate to; a serious concern that was born with the internet world and the lack of protection for minors using online forums. So although Trust doesn’t give new insight into the issue, it provides a touching and relatable depiction of a much-discussed problem.

Without doubt, the actors’ performances are excellent. Owen and Keener give solid performances as the traumatised parents, especially Owen, whose forte seems to be drama. However, the real standout performance is delivered by Liberato, who brings a maturity and an acute depiction of internalised trauma to her character. Coffey also gives an excellent performance as the predator, being both believable and sinister in his portrayal.

Trust is the second film by actor/director David Schwimmer (yes, Ross from Friends) after his 2007 hit debut Run, Fatboy, Run. It’s an excellent production, and Schwimmer has succeeded in capturing the audience’s attention and emotions with this brilliantly fragile family drama.

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This is only Liana Liberato's second appearance on the big screen after The Last Sin Eater in 2007. The majority of her young acting life has been in television, with appearances in shows such as Cold Case, C.S.I Miami, House, and Sons of Anarchy.

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