David Schwimmer’s “Trust” teases trailer ahead of TIFF premiere

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: There were a few names we expected to see on the roster when Toronto International Film Festival organizers announced the list of Gala and special presentations for this year’s TIFF. Robert Redford, Michael Winterbottom, John Madden, Darren Aronofsky … heck, even Ben Affleck was less of a surprise given what he achieved with his directorial debut, “Gone Baby Gone.”

David Schwimmer, however, was a total surprise.

Not that we have anything against the former “Friend.” His previous feature-length effort, “Run, Fatboy, Run,” didn’t strike us as being particularly amusing, even with the presence of funnyman Simon Pegg lampooning his out-of-shape self. And Schwimmer has enough “Friends” and “Madagascar” money so that he and the next four generations of Schwimmer kin could coast into early retirement if the mood suited them.

Plus, we had no idea Schwimmer was working on a new film — titled “Trust” — until it landed on TIFF’s slate. It deals with a young woman (Liana Liberato) who befriends an older man online, striking fear into her parents’ hearts when things go horribly wrong. Schwimmer was wise enough to cast Clive Owen and Catherine Keener as the parents. And now, an official trailer has appeared on YouTube.

Admittedly, the clip initially makes “Trust” look like a made-for-TV melodrama. But things tighten up as the teaser progresses, and I’m ultimately left wanting more — particularly if the second half is Owen on a vengeful tear looking for the scumbag who violated his teenage daughter.

Expect more coverage of “Trust” and other TIFF films when Hollywood News hits the Toronto International Film Festival in September.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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