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Trust

by

Jeff Nelson

It's an unbelievably powerful piece of cinema that deserved to go mainstream...

Trust
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Advancements in technology such as computers and cell phones have given society new ways to communicate. We can even interact with others around the globe. While there are many positive ways we can use this technology, there's a negative side as well. The internet has become a new dating and hook-up tool. Chat rooms appear all over the web. The issue isn't the invention itself but the knowledge of those who are using it. It's a great way of contacting friends, family, and chatting with others around the world. However, not all users are aware of the safety concerns and know how to securely use the technology. People can hide behind the internet and be whoever they wish to be by lying and even sending fake pictures. In many cases, people have ended up raped and even murdered. David Schwimmer's Trust shows one of the many horrid outcomes that may happen to those who incorrectly use the technology.

A family is torn apart when Annie, their fourteen-year-old daughter, meets her first boyfriend online. After months of communicating via online chat and phone, Annie finds out he's not who he originally claimed to be. Her parents are shattered by what occurred and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her. From the story line alone, most people would think about why Annie would even stick around after seeing that her online boyfriend has lied to her numerous times. It's more complicated than that. This plot tells an all too real tale where sexual predators draw in teenage boys and girls and use their strengths and weaknesses against them. This is a lot more than your average drama. The screenplay is very well-written. While a couple lines of dialogue don't flow perfectly, the characters are top notch. Viewers are sure to be agitated by quite a few of Annie's actions, but her multiple dimensions are heavily explored and goes through stages of anger until finally accepting what has happened. She's the focus of the film, but her parents receive a lot of screen time. A greater impact is delivered with both Annie and her family's changing emotions being examined. She's not the only one destroyed by the events that took place. This is a strong screenplay on all fronts, making this often difficult to watch.

The performances featured in Trust are just as powerful as the script. Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, and Liana Liberato are the main characters in this tense drama. Each one of them absolutely dominate his or her performances. Clive Owen is very realistic in his role and comes across as sincere. Catherine Keener mirrors Owen's ability to come off as genuine in her role, although the real star of the film is Liana Liberato. She hasn't appeared in many projects yet, but she's extraordinary as Annie. Liberato is vulnerable and innocent, yet shows the lack of trust in even those trying to protect her. She pulls her character off during Annie's more emotional moments, such as her fits of rage, just as well as her being sincere. I can't see any other actress her age playing Annie. She mastered every dimension there is to this character. There aren't any poor representations from actors to be seen. These actors make sure that the stirring scenes dig under the skin of the audience.

With people becoming so dependent on technology, this is a critical film to see. Users always assume that this cannot happen to them. This can happen to anyone. The age of the victim has nothing to do with it, but those entering chat rooms and dating websites must know how to operate them safely. I walked into this film knowing it could be great, but could have gone terribly wrong. This is an intense film that impressed me. Some viewers may have a tough time getting through some portions of the movie. It's an unbelievably powerful piece of cinema that deserved to go mainstream, but was only in theaters for a limited time. Trust easily comes with a high recommendation.

My Rating = Four and One Half Stars

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