MINOR THREAT

September 7, 2011

We watched the David Schwimmer-directed Trust last week and were surprised at how intelligent and visceral the depiction of internet sex crime was.

Though there were some weak elements in the script the whole movie was pretty intense. A lot of times we were smacking our heads and writing in our seat in frustration for the young girl.  No doubt, Liana Liberato is the ultimate Sasha Grey teen look-alike. She’s going to grow up into one gorgeous woman.

Excerpts from my article are below.

‘Trust’ confronts online sex predation head on

By KARL R. De MESA

The suburban American home is not a safe place. Not with sex criminals prowling the Net for targets, making modern communications tech a double-edged sword. A theme that’s oh so Web One Point Oh? Yeah, but that doesn’t make this movie any less compelling.

Trust is about how 14-year-old high school athlete Annie, played by rising talent Liana Liberato (from 2007’s The Last Sin Eater) who bears a striking resemblance to ex-adult film star Sasha Grey, gets seduced and drawn into the arms of a crafty pedophile.

You see, Annie thinks she’s chatting with a 15-year-old boy named “Charlie” that she met in a volleyball chat site. Charlie later tells her that he’s actually a college student, even sending her fake photos of himself in volleyball attire. Later still, he confesses that he’s a 25-year-old graduate student. The chats fly in from the bottom of the screen and appear as they are typed, mimicking a virtual chatroom, but soon the chats graduate to sweet text messages and then to long cellphone calls.

When they finally meet face to face – surprise, surprise – Annie is shocked to see that Charlie is obviously in his late 30s. By this time, Annie’s already head over heels for Charlie and not even his weathered face or physique can prevent her from grabbing ice cream with him, getting into his car, and eventually checking into a motel together.

Starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as Annie’s parents Will and Lynn Cameron, Trust is directed by David Schwimmer (yes, Ross from Friends), based on a stage play of the same title that he wrote.

Read the rest of the piece HERE.

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