This film review contains minor spoilers for Trust.
Trust is a 2021 romantic drama starring Victoria Justice, Matthew Daddario (Shadowhunters), Katherine McNamara (Arrow) and Lucien Laviscount(Katy Keene).
It is based on the play Push by Kristen Lazarian who also has a screenplay credit on this film.
In this sexy and twisty ride, New York gallery owner Brooke and her husband Owen each face exceptional temptations, with most unexpected results.
FROM STAGE TO SCREEN
It is hard to empathize with incredibly attractive, very successful people living in New York but the unique way the film is shot helps to hold interest.
Victoria Justice plays Brooke a young woman risking it all on an artist Angsgar (Lucien Laviscount). She believes he is destined to be a star. This puts pressure on her relationship with her husband news reporter Owen (Matthew Daddario).
Meanwhile Owen’s job as a reporter with his many late nights and texts from women at his work in unbalancing Brooke who wonders if he is being unfaithful. From this, we get a spiral of events and possibilities thanks to the introduction of Amy.
IS TRUST EVERYTHING?
This is the kind of film that leaves you with questions much the same way the play on which it is based would. Who was in the wrong? After trust is lost can it ever be rekindled?
One thing that detracts which is apparently quite common to play adaptions is scenes that feel like filler. Extended shots of the cast walking or contemplating silently along with lots of shots of New York. It feels a bit like filler but doesn’t detract too much from the film.
The casting is an excellent choice to bring in a younger audience than the subject matter might otherwise encourage. It also seems a great way for these actors known for playing teen roles to stretch their wings.
The questions around who was in the wrong, why they never confronted the clear issues in their relationship will stick with you after watching.
Trust is available on VOD/Digital and in select theatres.
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