Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Trust (2010)

Trust (2010)
Trust (2010)

Genre: Drama
Director: David Schwimmer
Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Viola Davis, Noah Emmerich, Liana Liberato
Duration: 104 min.
Rating: 5.8

A suburban family is torn apart when fourteen-year-old Annie meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie discovers her friend is not who he originally claimed to be. Shocked into disbelief, her parents are shattered by their daughter's actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.

Trust is a film directed by David Schwimmer, his second feature film after 2007's Run Fatboy Run.  It premiered at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.  A cautionary tale about internet predators, and the dangers of meeting someone from an online chat room.  It sounds a bit like a dramatic version of Catfish and not the kind of film I usually go for, but I decided to watch it after hearing some generally good reviews.

It starts off interestingly enough but suffers from over dramatics and an unpolished story that entirely loses its way in the last half of the film.  It does have a couple of good points though, newcomer Liana Liberato gives an impressive performance as Annie, the 14 year old victim, in what could be the start of a very promising career; and the sequence where she meets 'Charlie' her online boyfriend is very well done and is one of the most uncomfortable to watch pieces of cinema I have encountered in awhile.

Still the film doesn't go anywhere and turns into a plain melodrama that fails to elevate beyond the realm of an After school special or maybe an elaborate public service announcement.  Oh well that's what I get for trusting other critics.

Trust (2010)

Trust (2010)

Trust (2010)

Trust (2010)

Trust (2010)

Trust (2010)

Trust (2010)

Trust (2010)


Chelsea said...

I actually liked it. Yes, it was a bit overdramatic and became melodramatic after some time, but the message and the directing was nice. Clive and Catherine did a good job, but I thought the girl was a little over the top at some points. Haha, looks like you and I think exactly the opposite. Not the greatest movie of all time but I wouldn't give it such a low rating.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

I liked it when I first saw it, but over time my impression of it seems to get worse.

Shutterbug said...

I like the premise of the movie...might check it out.

d_4 said...

I haven't heard anything on this one, and really I'm a bit surprised it got "shining reviews". I mean I get that by saying it's good you get people to see it, spread the message around and maybe prevent something like this from happening, but it's hard to tackle this kind of subject and not go overboard.

The Angry Lurker said...

A pity as I like Clive Owen, is Catfish ass good or bad as they say?

Guy Movie Blogger said...

Well how about that. You'd expect that with a cast like that it'd be a bit better. David Schwimmer as a director was just about the most random surprise I've come across this month, since I saw Run Fatboy, Run and saw his name in the credits. I guess I'm just not that up to date with all the IMDB buzz.

Daniel said...

nice one, thanks for sharing!
gonna check that one out

Hoi-Ming Ng said...

Shame. It sounds like a good premise

Bonjour Tristesse said...

It's times like this that I really wonder about the integrity of popular film critics.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Yeah I hadn't even heard of this one till a couple weeks ago.

Bonjour Tristesse said...

Thanks Custard.  I just don't see any reasons for all the praise its getting.

FrontRoomCinema said...

Very interesting BT. I have seen this get shining reviews everywhere for this one...good to see some different views on the subject.



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