Daily Archives: May 10, 2014
Trust me (2013)
Stars: Clark Gregg; Felicity Huffman; William H. Macy; Amanda Peet; Sam Rockwell; Saxon Sharbino
IMDB Rating: 6.8
Plot: A struggling agent for child actors and former child star himself, Howard Holloway spends years losing his most talented clients to his slick, arch-nemesis Aldo Shocklee. Until the day that Howard encounters the brilliant and unsigned 13 year-old Lydia who is on the brink of securing the lead in a new Twilight-style franchise. Howard tries desperately to close the deal of a lifetime and make his precocious young client a star while managing her drunk, volatile father, Aldo’s relentless poaching attempts, and the hostile machinations of the project’s casting director and mega producer, who both despise him. But the closer he gets to achieving the Hollywood score he has chased all his life, the more he develops a growing suspicion that his innocent young starlet may not be at all what she seems.
Review: “Trust Me” is a story that is simple enough. A former child star is now an agent in Hollywood representing child actors. He’s not doing too well in his chosen career; his clients are stolen by another agent (Sam Rockwell), and he’s struggling to make ends meet. His fortune changes when he signs a young unknown actress, with a dad who frequently threatens to destroy everything.
What starts out as a light-hearted comedy soon turns into a thriller, and shows that at the end of the day, if you wear your heart on your sleeve, you’re gonna end up shafted by someone. And in this film, showing that you have a shred of humanity does not pay off, especially when those you would call “associates” are down right manipulative and will do anything to screw someone over.
This gem of a movie is directed by Clark Gregg, whom you may know better as S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent Phil Coulson (“Iron Man”, “The Avengers”, and “Marvel: Agents of Shield”). Some wonderful performances by Amanda Peet (as Howards love interest) and Sam Rockwell (as Howards nemesis). Gregg has managed to assemble a good cast for this film, and it shows in their performances just how well they work together.
To say much about this film will give away too many spoilers, so I will just say that the directing by Clark Gregg is fantastic, and watch for the brilliant acting by Saxon Sharbino, who in my opinion is an actress to keep on your radar (Watch for her in the “Poltergeist” remake coming in 2015, which also stars Sam Rockwell).
My Rating: 8 out of 10.