Tackling one of the most heart wrenching parental issues, Trust is a truly intriguing and thought provoking film. The story tracks 14 year old Annie, who begins chatting to a stranger, Charlie, online. They become close, but things are not what they seem. Charlie isn’t 14, but much older, and when they meet, Annie now emotionally entwined with Charlie, is taken by him to a hotel room.
What follows is a tear jerking tale, following both Annie and her parents Will and Lynn (played by Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) with how they come to terms with what has happened.
…a blossoming director and strong, talented cast…
The problem that arises in tackling such a highly taboo issue is that to engulf a viewer in the true emotion of the situation, every aspect of the film has to be perfect. Trust, although battling valiantly, isn’t perfect. Clive Owen and Catherine Keener struggle to control the impossible task of playing the parents and in such a constrained time limit, the relationship between Charlie and Annie is unable to develop deep enough to justify Annie’s attachment to him.
That said, with a blossoming director in David Schwimmer and strong, talented cast at its disposal Trust, despite missing out on brilliance, is a film worth watching.