Trust is the story about a girl who gets targeted by an online sexual predator. Right off the bat, we know this isn’t easy material. In fact, Trust is not an easy movie to watch, which is both good and bad. The subject matter being the good one, and the budget and David Schwimmer’s directing being the bad. But the strength of the performances overshadows the bad, making Trust a good film.
The story begins with 14-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) who is communicating with another teenage boy named Charlie online. When Annie decides to meet Charlie, she realizes that he’s a man in his late 30s. Not using her better judgment, Annie lets Charlie charm her into going into his motel room, in which you can assume what happens next. The rest of the story deals with the family’s aftershock from the attack. Her father (Clive Owen) is enraged and in despair. Her mother (Catherine Keener) tries to comfort her in any way she can.
Before seeing the movie, I heard from others about how the budget for the movie was particularly low. And it’s true. It’s not enough to be distracting, but it is noticeable. I can’t say I’m a fan of David Schwimmer’s directing. It wasn’t bad, just okay. Yet, he knows how to draw out amazing performances from his cast.
Clive Owen’s performance really blew me away. I felt his anger and desperation to find Annie’s attacker. The scenes when his character felt hopeless or beat, Owen nailed it. Liana Liberato is another young acting gem. Playing a character like that takes a certain kind of maturity and Liberato pulled it off. Her and Clive Owen are what made this movie so good.
I would recommend to see Trust. It’s really a story that is relevant to our time, especially in the digital age. This film is reminder of what can and does happen. It’s scary, but it’s definitely a topic to be aware of and share with others.
Trust opens in select theaters April 1st.