Trust trailer tackles controversial subject
I'm going to leave out the controversial piece for now and focus on the rest, Trust is a film that stars Catherine Keener and Clive Owen as the parents of a girl, played by Liana Liberato, who is contacted by a man on the internet pretending to be someone much younger, you'll have heard this referred to by the misleading phrase “grooming”.
That's exactly what happens to the girl, and when she's sexually abused by the older man posing as the teenage American, and the authorities seem helpless to find him, the father decides to seek out his own revenge.
Now the controversial part? Trust is directed by David Schwimmer. Not so controversial considering the content of the film, but that's what everyone's concentrating on already. Frankly I'd be tempted to watch the trailer, read the blurb and look at the other talent involved in the film before writing it off with calls of Run Fatboy Run, one site was even writing it off as British people will accept anything from Schwimmer because he was our favourite in Friends. What?!
Well yes, Clive Owen is British, but looking through the top names in that cast list, the writers, and the production companies, I'm looking at American names. So let's toss that one into the bucket marked “inappropriate comments” and move on.
Sure Schwimmer didn't do well with Run Fatboy Run, but here he's in a completely different genre, and the film has much more than the average father revenge film that most people seem to be tagging it with before writing it off.
The film is about an older man pretending to be a teenager online and then building a trust with a young girl, getting her to a meeting, and then sexually abusing her, a truly terrible story and one that does make the headlines now and again.
It does have the power to descend into the standard revenge territory, but yet that could be what's required by the film, after all where do you go with a film about just that situation, apart from concentrate on the emotional turmoil caused to the family? Of course that would make for a really strong and emotionally harrowing film, and could indeed be the preferred choice, however it's a Hollywood film, and you can totally understand the character's anger and need for revenge. I would say it depends how far the film takes it, and if it goes into a Taken (Filmstalker review) story or holds back on the side of reality.
The trailer for Trust does suggest that it might stray more towards Taken as the Clive Owen character is pictured looking at the racks of guns in a gun shop and kicking a door down screaming for someone. I hope it doesn't though, and I hope it pulls back from that.
Anyway, that's been a long way of saying let's not label the film and destroy it before we've seen it, and let's judge it on what we've seen for this film and not the first from the director.