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Trust: Movie Review

"Trust" tries to tackle the dark side of online chatting and socializing with a different approach. It will shock you even make you think at first that the narrative it takes is unbelievable. Slowly but surely though it makes sense - even make you see that the said issue of online predators and rape is not all black-and-white. It gives out a human factor that deepens the drama further which we can say is rarely seen. In this regard, we can call "Trust" a daring, provocative and even a masterpiece and yet, all that is thrown away without complete closure. Yes, the ending resolves one issue but there are still things left to be solved. It might be the approach that this needs to feel "real-life" but the swift conclusion counteracts all the build-up.

Will (Clive Owen) and Lynn (Catherine Keener) used to sleep well at night knowing their children were protected. Will was comforted by the fact that once the doors were locked and the alarm was set, absolutely nothing was going to harm them. When their daughter Annie (Liana Liberato), made a new friend online, a boy named Charlie, Will and Lynn didn’t think much of it. Slowly, Annie learns he is not who he claims to be and yet, Annie remains intrigued by Charlie, even if the truth behind him is uncovered. Shocked into disbelief, her parents are shattered by their daughter’s actions and struggle to support her as she comes to terms with what has happened to her once innocent life.

What's really good about "Trust" is not only its controversial story but morseso the characters and the actors who portrayed them. This is the first time we have seen Clive Owen do a serious drama film and we sure definitely think this shouldn't be his last. But the best acting came from Liana Liberato. She influenced the film's impact more than anyone else anf not just because she's the key protagonist in "Trust". She is actually the person who swayed us to believe that a young girl can actually fall in love so hard with her captor that she defends and protects him even. As much as the acting falls into place perfectly, not much can be said on how the story ended. The film builds up the tension, the drama and just decides to end with a thud. It truly reflects reality probably by showing that not everything gets solved or that there are other things more important than finding justice but it just did not float our boat. Plus, as slowly as the film develops the story in almost its whole entirety, it ends everything so fast you just cannot digest what happened in the final two scenes and their siginificance. Even with all its faults though, "Trust" is still a good film to watch and it will give you new insights on how humans live by and interact with each other. How many films can say they have that effect in the first place?

Rating: 3 reels





Why you should watch it:
- the film will make you realize that life truly is not black-and-white
- the drama and acting was to die for

Why you shouldn't watch it:
- a lackluster and swift ending destroys whatever impact "Trust" had going for almost 90 minutes


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