The Movie: 9/10
I almost forgot to write this review. That’s not a bad thing. In fact, it’s a compliment. When I really really let a movie get into my mind, dig into some feelings and thoughts that go deeper than just movie watching thoughts, well, it’s personal and not really something I think about sharing with the whole world. Trust is about just that, trust. All kinds, all forms, different relationships and different points of view about trusting and being trusted are tapped into. It made me think about the innocence we lose in that time between being a child and being a “grown up”. How we each have our childhood view of the world changed, shattered, taken, faded. It’s “just a movie”, but it’s not. I could tell while watching this young 14 year old girl lose her trust in someone, an older man preying on young girls online, and the trauma her family encounters as it all unfolds, that it was coming from a place that whoever wrote and directed it KNEW what they were trying to say. It felt like more than just “hey this is topical let’s make a movie about it”. Watching the extras confirmed that, but while I was watching I connected, and that’s a big deal.
The performances were amazing. From the teenage girl who played so many emotional scenes it felt relentless, to the creepy older man, to the parents, even the mean girls at school, they were all exactly right. I don’t think it matters about the more famous folks and the ones you might not have heard of, everyone made their character believable and interesting. The emotions at times are almost overwhelming (if you have a heart at all) and it seemed at times the things they were discussing were hitting home deeper than just learning some lines. I guess it’s a topic that grabs you even if you don’t want it to.
I find myself wanting to think about and not talk about the subject matter. It’s something you internalize, maybe as a woman, maybe as a grown up who loves and cherishes a few young people in my life, and definitely as a person who has seen the horrible, destructive power of predators, sexual intimidation, and I’m not alone. It’s a nerve that we learn to cover, to smile around, to shake off and sadly accept in this life. Men (yes men) who think they can sexually abuse anyone at anytime just for their own satisfaction and then move on are the destructive forces of this world. They break that trust, shatter people along their path and when we look around it seems acceptable or at least hidden. The movie does a brilliant job of pointing out our obsession and fixation with sexual images even younger and younger people in sexually provocative situations. We are tittilated, motivated, romanced by it all, and we are ultimately to blame for this twisted view of things. Young girls online shouldn’t be hunted down and lured, lied to, manipulated, and ultimately broken just for some asshole’s pleasure. The story crystallized something for me, even more than what I have already mentioned, but the idea that an urge to screw something, put your hard cock into someone and get pleasure from it and that’s ALL THAT MATTERS in life, because you are a man and are entitled to that conquest, entitled to dominate and control someone so completely that you want to violate their body and mind. They cross this topic slightly by having a teenage son going off to college and it’s accepted that he’s heavily drinking, and even one line of dialog tells us he’s going to college to drink and get laid…..so who is at the other end of a college age young man’s quest to “get laid”? Young women who have been taught something very different.
The pace of the movie is just right. We are introduced to Annie as a lively confident young lady who is hitting that time of life when our insecurities and self doubt can crush us or we learn to overcome them. Entering the age of sexual awakening in a world full of opportunists and bad people, well, it’s the story of humankind I suppose. We go slowly along the journey with her as she talks to Charlie online, first he’s a teenager, then confesses to being older, and older and then wants to meet in person. It takes a dark turn that if you are not rattled by, or ashamed of his behavior as a reflection of the potential of the power men can wield with sex, well, watch it again or get your head out of your ass.
It’s a lot to take in and I think the way the movie is written, acted, directed, even the attention to detail of the sets, it all makes an excellent movie watching experience along with a truly life affirming/soul crushing theme. It’s not perfect. The family is verging on privileged and slightly tuned to be that perfect American dream type thing, even though the dad is British:) So that can be argued to be hard to identify with on some levels. The thing is, scrape the surface of that and get to the heart of it, and I will say any woman, mother, father, teenage girl, and yes, even the wretched awful assholes who are the purveyors of the destruction of their victims, will find a truth in there some where. It’s not cheery or uplifting really, unless you take the position that this family, the parents, the siblings, they all do go through a learning process that gives us some hope a midst the wreckage.
I recommend watching this movie with any teenager in your life, boys and girls, if they are thinking people. It’s a valuable if not troubling set of events to plant in someone’s mind. It’s fiction but it’s also very true. If I can say I love the movie but still feel emotionally drained from it that would be accurate. It resonates even several days later. It shores up my point of view on specific topics surrounding sex, men in culture, family, youth, innocence, growing up, life…..so all that from a movie directed by Ross from Friends….come on, that’s AWESOME!! 🙂
- Between The Lines – A brief look at how the movie was made, why David Schwimmer was motivated to do such a project, and how the cast worked at such an emotional topic.
- Outtakes – These are more like cut out scenes. It’s not really a yuck-it-up kind of set so the laughs might not have come fast and furious with goofs and mistakes.
Cover Art and Menus: 4/10
The cover is serviceable, but it reminds me of an 80’s TV movie. I would only have it as a poster because the movie has such an impact, not because I like the image. It does make it look serious and shows us some of the brilliant cast so I’ll give it a pass. The menu is pretty much in the same category.
Audio & Video: 7/10 (By Ascully)
Trust is a great movie but the Blu-Ray transfer is how should I say it…. Inconsistent. Some scenes are razor sharp like a 2010 movie should be and some scenes look like they came from one of the first generation DVD’s back in the late 90’s. Black levels range from super crushed to light grey on occasion. Bottom line is the transfer here is better than DVD but in some scenes you will be hard pushed to tell you are watching a 1080P image.
Thankfully the 5.1 lossless track is much better than the image quality. This is a really talky movie and most of the dialog is audible and central. The scene at the Mall is a little muffled but it seemed to me that the audio recorded was muffled so you get what you are given. I loved this movie it made me think and actually left me a little depressed about the human condition. If you go into movies for a good time this isn’t for you, but if you want something to think about and hopefully discuss with your teenagers pick this one up.
I would own this movie probably regardless of the price…yes, it’s true. It’s a good story, well made, compelling topic. The extras are slim, but that’s not where the value of this film comes from. If you find it for around 20 bucks, that’s reasonable for a movie you might not really WANT to watch again, but if you are like me it tugs at you enough that it will probably be something I want to revisit, and maybe with a young person to open a discussion.
Overall Score 9/10