Trust (15)

Starring: Clive Owen, Catherine Keener

Reviewed,Anthony Quinn
Friday 08 July 2011 00:00

A movie to give parents nightmares. All seems well with the Cameron family in their nice suburban home, though 14-year-old Annie (Liana Liberato) does spend an awful lot of time corresponding with her online friend Charlie, a 16-year-old boy she met in a volleyball chatroom.

Awkward and insecure at school, Annie thinks that her cyber-friend is the only one who understands her, but the truth comes out once she meets him in person: the relationship spins out of control and her parents (Catherine Keener, Clive Owen) are paralysed with horror to find out what's happened. Directed by David Schwimmer, the film angles its theme – the sexualisation of vulnerable teens – largely through the character of Owen, an ad executive who becomes so clenched with fury that he joins a vigilante "Pervert Tracker" website and even steals from the FBI, forgetting his more pertinent duty of helping his daughter put her life back together. (His ad campaigns, full of photos of girls in their underwear, suggest an hypocrisy at work in the social mainstream). It turns into something thoughtful, despite Owen's macho revenge fantasies, and the performance by 15-year-old Liana Liberato, a sobering study in delusional innocence, is powerfully affecting.

Register for free to continue reading

Registration is a free and easy way to support our truly independent journalism

By registering, you will also enjoy limited access to Premium articles, exclusive newsletters, commenting, and virtual events with our leading journalists

Already have an account? sign in

By clicking ‘Register’ you confirm that your data has been entered correctly and you have read and agree to our Terms of use, Cookie policy and Privacy notice.

This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy policy and Terms of service apply.

Join our new commenting forum

Join thought-provoking conversations, follow other Independent readers and see their replies


Thank you for registering

Please refresh the page or navigate to another page on the site to be automatically logged inPlease refresh your browser to be logged in