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Trust
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08.03.2011 By: Chris Bumbray
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Director:
David Schwimmer

Actors:
Clive Owen
Catherine Keener

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WHAT'S IT ABOUT?
The idyllic suburban existence of Will (Clive Owen), and Lynn (Catherine Keener) Cameron is shattered when their fourteen-year-old daughter, Annie (Liana Liberato) is raped by an online sexual predator
IS IT A GOOD MOVIE?
I really disliked TRUST when I saw it at the Toronto Film Festival almost a year ago. I thought that despite the excellent cast, and the sadly all-too-realistic premise, the film was let-down by some heavy-handed direction from director David Schwimmer (yes, that one), some unconvincing plot turns, and a rape sequence that turned my stomach- although that's obviously exactly what Schwimmer and co were aiming for.

However, my perspective on TRUST has changed since hearing Jim Law give it a hearty defense on the JoBlo Podcast last month from the perspective of a father, and after listening to him, I felt that perhaps I had really been wrong about TRUST, and I resolved to give it another try if I ended up reviewing the blu-ray.

Lo and behold, the blu-ray arrived in the mail a week ago, and I gave it another shot. I'm still mixed on the film, as some of the silly plot twists, such as Owen's best buddy, played by Noah Emmerich, is too unconvincingly douche-baggy- as I'm convinced that anyone with half a soul would be empathetic to Owen's daughter's plight. As for the rape sequence, it's very disturbing, and I still think that Liana Lobrato, who was only fourteen when this was filmed, was exploited by the way the attack was filmed, and I think Schwimmer should have suggested the attack rather than show it outright. I also still think he went too far having the daughter constantly defend her attacker, until a sudden third act-reversal that happens too quickly.

However, I have to respect the fact that Schwimmer at least tried to make something a little more thought-provoking in the way the daughter is portrayed, and to be sure, the performances are uniformly excellent- especially from Owen, who seethes with rage and is deeply conflicted about his own daughter's behavior after the attack. I also respect the fact that, despite being marketed as such, this never goes down the thriller route with Owen having some tacked on moment of vengeance. Rather, the ending plays out in an all-too realistic fashion, and the film's final image will truly stay with you for some time after seeing the film.

THE EXTRAS
Apparently, there are different editions of TRUST out in Canada and the U.S, and the version I received, the Canadian one, has three featurettes that are your standard EPK style segments.
FINAL DIAGNOSIS
All in all, TRUST is a solid rental, and not as dismissable as I claimed in my TIFF coverage. While I certainly disagree with the blurb by Roger Ebert on the case that calls TRUST one of the best films of the year, it's still thought-provoking, and a film that's easily more frightening in it's realism than any horror flick you're likely to see anytime soon.
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5:30PM on 08/05/2011
Yeah th change happening too quickly thing you say isnt true i read this before seeing it and the films paced very nicely and realistically the biggest bullshit comment though is the rape scene i was expecting something horrific and stomach turning and then nothing happened its hardly a rape scene watch Irreversible that has a 9 minute rape scene.
Yeah th change happening too quickly thing you say isnt true i read this before seeing it and the films paced very nicely and realistically the biggest bullshit comment though is the rape scene i was expecting something horrific and stomach turning and then nothing happened its hardly a rape scene watch Irreversible that has a 9 minute rape scene.
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1:12PM on 08/03/2011
I'm sorry, but you saying the change happens too quickly is bullshit. This is the most realistic movie that I've ever seen regarding teenage emotions and the exploitation of minors. That's exactly how a victim acts towards her attacker, I know because I've known quite a few victims. They defend them because not defending them means admitting that they were victimized, and nobody wants to admit that. Especially someone as naive as a high-school freshman girl, one who generally avoided sex
I'm sorry, but you saying the change happens too quickly is bullshit. This is the most realistic movie that I've ever seen regarding teenage emotions and the exploitation of minors. That's exactly how a victim acts towards her attacker, I know because I've known quite a few victims. They defend them because not defending them means admitting that they were victimized, and nobody wants to admit that. Especially someone as naive as a high-school freshman girl, one who generally avoided sex and sexual situations like the one at the party at the beginning. Regarding Noah Emmerich's reaction... I think that, too, is altogether too realistic. Someone who has never experienced this type of thing can never begin to comprehend what it means when it happens. And when it isn't a straightforward "kidnap/rape," society does tend to turn a blind eye. Your only arguments here are arguments AGAINST realism, and that bothers me.
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11:10AM on 08/03/2011
I saw this movie a week ago, as many movies I always read a reviw and then I decided if still I want to give a try or not. You can see this movie from several points of view, as a father, as a simple audience, or yes... as a girl. The film not only projects the dangers that you as a father have to be aware of. But also is a "warning" for all the things you can see/get online it is a cruel warning to the teenagers as well, and it shows how inocent they can be, or how cruel they could be
I saw this movie a week ago, as many movies I always read a reviw and then I decided if still I want to give a try or not. You can see this movie from several points of view, as a father, as a simple audience, or yes... as a girl. The film not only projects the dangers that you as a father have to be aware of. But also is a "warning" for all the things you can see/get online it is a cruel warning to the teenagers as well, and it shows how inocent they can be, or how cruel they could be (remember the website somebody did?). Yes it happens that many of the victims can act that way with the predator but yes, the change was so fast. On the other hand it was some quick turns of the movie that could have gone better, but I am not sure if is the first experience of David as a Director. About the end... yes it sticks on your mind, but I still think it could be showed in a better way. About the rape sequence it was not possible for me to watch it, most probably because had a minor involved, but I have seen some other rape sequences very violent... but again... not with minors, so I am not sure how I feel about this, because in any case you need to show come crude scenes in order to make people think about it.
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9:06AM on 08/03/2011
Just saw this on Vudu a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. Its an important message for parents of young teens. I agree the rape scene was very hard to watch and I was squirming during multiple scenes due to the dark, and just plain creepy interaction between the rapist and the girl. I thought Clive Owen gave a good performance. It must have been hard to prepare for a role like this that deals with such dark subject matter. Knowing now that she was 14 during filming, I can
Just saw this on Vudu a couple weeks ago and enjoyed it thoroughly. Its an important message for parents of young teens. I agree the rape scene was very hard to watch and I was squirming during multiple scenes due to the dark, and just plain creepy interaction between the rapist and the girl. I thought Clive Owen gave a good performance. It must have been hard to prepare for a role like this that deals with such dark subject matter. Knowing now that she was 14 during filming, I can understand the shouts of exploitation. There's a couple of scenes that could have been handled a different way. Overall its an emotional ride from start to end, and yes the ending will have you thinking for some time.
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