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Don't trust strangers...
Member Name: k444tmc
Disadvantages: can leave you in tears - very sad and difficult to watch at parts
This film was released in 2010 and is described as a "thriller" however I think this is a bit far fetched as thrillers to me have a few bits that make you jump/feel a bit scared - i would describe it more as a heartbreaking drama.
I knew from what I had read about this film that it would be quite difficult for me to watch considering its about how paedaphiles meet young girls on the internet with the intension to lure and assault them - I have a 6 year old daughter myself, and one day I will be terrified about something like this happening to her, just like any other parent would...
In the film we meet Annie - 14 years old, great relationship with her family and close to her best friend, Brittany. Annie is very much into sports, like many young girls but in particular volleyball is her favourite. When she recieves a laptop as a birthday present from her family she joins an internet chat room dedicated to the sport and here she meets Charlie - a 16 year old boy who also enjoys playing. They communicate in the coming weeks through the chat room and text messaging - during this time Charlie makes the earth shattering confession that he is actually a little bit older than he is. However this does not deter Annie and eventually Charlie jumps on a plane to finally come and meet her. Annie then finds when he meets her in person that he has actually been a lot more dishonest than previously thought. The meeting effectively changes the life of Annie and those around going forward when her best friend finds out the real age of Charlie and effectively reports the meeting to the police.
I have to say there isn't many films that do make me visably upset but I counted that I actually had 3 good cries during the course of this film - not just because I have a young daughter myself but the acting was absolutly superb from Liana Liberato which is very rare as at the time of filming she would of only been 14 or 15 herself. Liberato gives a realistic performance from the view of an assault victim in the sense that they believe their assaulter has done no wrong and that even when everyone else tries to tell them otherwise they believe they have something special with the attacker and that they should be together... even when everyone else is against them. The name from the film comes from the fact that this young girl meets a guy, who she believes she shares a connection with and even when it comes to light he has lied and manipulated her she still trusts him throughout. The abuser in turn, as hard as it is to watch his methods on this young girl also did a brilliant job in his role.
The film shows that the whole family goes through a meltdown after such an experiance and that it doesn't just affect the assault victim. Clive Owen, as usual nailed his role in this film as Annie's dad - giving an accurate performance of the stereotypical dad who wants to seek out revenge for what someone has done to hurt their daughter. Watching the downward spirial of this once perfect happy family is enough to tug on anyones heart strings.
In a way I think the plot in this film is quite original in the sense I have not seen another film that covers the main issue that this one covers, or maybe its just the fact that you don't hear about such films because they have been poorly filmed with bad acting... I think it helps that the director, David Schwimmer has a lot of experience on the issues that arise from this film due to the fact he is a very active director at a rape centre in America which specialises in giving treatment to victims of sexual assault.
In a way I was a little bit dissapointed that it didnt have the predictable ending that you would expect this kind of film will bring, but in a way it was an excellent ending because it gives a bang on portrayal of what normally happens in the result of rape/sexual assault cases rather than the happy ending that you would like to see - Schwimmer has not sugar coated anything.
At the end of the film when the end credits were rolling I very nearly turned off the DVD and I am so glad I didn't because the end scene which is shown in between the credits gives you the most head blowing thinkable experiance you will have during the course of this film - that you shouldn't stereotype a sexual predator as being lonely, weird and that you can see them a mile away due to the horn on their head that all paedaphiles have. This scene shows you that a paedaphile can be anyone - any profession and any type of family life. So in my head, the film is also very informative of educating you on this fact.
Its a great film in the sense that it does make you much more aware of the bad people that exist in this world but just be aware for a few tears if you do decide to watch it. It is such a powerful film that it actually urges you to hug your kids just that little bit tighter and tell you that you love them that little bit more. Personally I believe if you have teenage daughters this should be a compulsory watch to make them aware of the dangers they face by chatting to strangers online.
At present you can buy Trust from Amazon for £5.97 including free super saver delivery
Summary: informative film that can make you more aware of people you dont know