Trust (I) (2010)
The only thing we can do is be there for each other when we do fall down to pick each other up.
18 July 2020
Trust is directed by David Schwimmer and written by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinger. It stars Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, Liana Liberato, Jason Clarke, Viola Davis, Gail Friedman, Chris Henry Coffey and Tristan Peach. Music is by Nathan Larson and cinematography by Andrzej Sekula.

A teenage girl is targeted by an online sexual predator, causing the family untold trauma...

For his second fully fledged studio feature film as a director, former "Friends" star Schwimmer showed courage in bringing a very real and touchy subject onto the big screen. He has crafted a sensitive piece about a hot topic, there's no titillation or firm answers to the problem to hand, and in young Liberato (Annie) and trusty pro Owen (Will), he has actors turning superbly heart aching performances.

Pic follows the trajectory of girl meeting what she thinks is a teenage boy on line, and as she falls for him, the predator slowly begins to unfurl his deception to the point where she's lost, confused and jelly in his hands. Once the "relationship" comes to light, the parents are shredded, the strain unbearable, with father Will reacting how any father would.

The narrative deals with parental upheaval and that of young Annie, the latter of which is thrust into a world of confusion and hateful attention from her peers. Screenplay dangles other sexual predator strands, without force feeding us, while the denouement is refreshingly sour and not afraid to ask the pertinent question of who do you trust? More so given that these predators are in our midst and often living a false facade of a life.

A family under duress mingles with the invasion of a monster into their lives, for what is not a comfortable watch, but certainly one well worth digesting. 7/10
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