Clive Owen, in possibly one of his best roles, plays Will, a succesful, and very busy, ad executive, who buys his 14 year old daughter Annie a new Mac Book for her birthday, giving her unsupervised access to the internet from her bedroom. Access that she admittedly had through her iPhone, but the point of the film is to show how such a blasé approach to parenting and technology can be a ticking time-bomb.
Her parents even know that she has a apparent online boyfriend who lives in another state, who, when describing him, sounds too good to be true to the viewer, but her parents are just happy that she’s ‘met’ someone with good future earning potential.
The predictable part of Trust is that her so called 15 year old boyfriend is anything but. Rather he’s a 36 year old, ‘normal’ person. But Annie’s overachieving parents don’t seem to have the time or inclination to keep tabs on what their daughter is up to. With no one at home to talk to, she finds acceptance in teen chat rooms, and the ‘family’ she is missing.
Whilst her father is busy at work, sexualising the tween demographic, this 36 year old pedophile is gaining the trust of 14 year old Annie.
Fortunately Director David Schwimmer is careful when it comes to the films tipping point in a rather gaudy motel room, giving just enough visual information to give any parents of teenager daughters nightmares, without be gratuitous or voyeuristic.
From this point on we she a family slowly imploding and being wrenched apart as they all deal with the after effects of allowing a sexual predator access to their daughter.
It’s a brilliant look at the several aspects of a culture that allows the sexual exploitation of young teens, and the instant gratification of the internet. From the almost abusive actions of the police toward Annie, to Will’s re-evaluation of his work ethics, the second half of trust will take you on a roller-coaster ride, twisting and turning to a conclusion that you probably won’t be expecting.
Trust is by no means and easy film to watch, but it’s worth the effort, especially for parents in a world where their children have almost uncontrollable access to the internet.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read