I think that the title of this movie, Trust is simply too short and generic to convey just how good of a movie this is. Ross from Friends directing a movie about child abuse, are you fucking kidding me? It turns out that David Schwimmer is an active director of the Rape Treatment Center in Santa Monica. He wrote the script based on his 15 years of experience working with them. Now I respect him even more.
Everything in Trust was simply perfect, from acting, over cinematography to finally the story. The story was so disturbing and intense that I could feel almost all the emotions that the actors felt. After The American Crime (I guess Catherine Keener liked movies about child abuse) we have another fucked up movie about child abuse, but this time updated and very true. The level of research and phrases used in this movie is truly amazing.
And I believe that this is more of a documentary than an actual film. Mostly because after seeing a few real documentaries about pedophilia and Internet predators I noticed that almost nothing is changed to fit the narrative. Trust does not follow the classic movie formula, instead, it follows the life formula, showing us these events in a true light. Oh yeah, and if I ever see Charlie (Chris Henry Coffey) in real life, I will punch him in the face.
Annie is a cheerful and happy fourteen-year-old girl living with her parents and siblings in suburbs. You might say that this family has it all, great family bonds, smarts, and money. However, not until you scratch under the surface you can judge these things. Practicing for the volleyball team she meets Charlie, a boy about the same age on a teen chat website. Two of them share the same interests, problems and soon start to chat regularly about mundane life. After a while, Charlie will decide to take their virtual relationship to a new level. And this is where things get complicated.
The storytelling in Trust is so gripping that after just a few minutes you will be fully immersed. And more importantly, there will be no emotional milking. Things will unfold in a very realistic way, showing you just how fucked up the whole situation is. And this is coming from someone who doesn’t have kids. I can only imagine how hard it’s going to hit the parents. It’s a tough but very necessary lesson.
Director: David Schwimmer
Writers: Andy Bellin, Robert Festinger
Cast: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato, Viola Davis, Noah Emmerich, Chris Henry Coffey
Fun Facts: The film was in development for seven years.