David Schwimmer's second feature is a cautionary tale about on-line dating that really doesn't say anything really interesting about its hot topic.
Trust stars Clive Owen, Catherine Keener, and Viola Davis, and seems to be of the moment as a 14-year-old suburban Chicago daughter falls prey to a chat-room rapist (Chris Henry Coffey) who doesn't seem like an ordinary sordid fellow who enables him to his victim.
Newcomer Liana Liberato gives the most revealing performance here as coquettish, attention-seeking Annie. Her father Will (Owen) who does advertising for an American Apparel-type line with Annie provocatively displayed in some of them is on a rampage for justice. And, neurotic, caring mom (Keener) has the FBI in on the investigation as hysteria builds from shots of ogling elitist workers and wild high school parties.
Regretfully, the filmmaking and script don't make all the tension coalesce as what should be pointed and poignant to a degree is more clumsy and indecent. Even the computer displays/texts are more distracting than useful while no mood is consistently felt. Whereas the documentary-like Catfish had the modest means to make the curiosity and relationships from the chat room and PDIs something relevant and timely, one of the board directors of Santa Monica's rape foundation has made a dramatization that fails to illuminate from its considerably crucial emotional input.