Tuesday, May 14, 2013

[IGH] At The Movies: Trust Me

Editor's Note: Welcome PoohBear, our newest contributor!  PoohBear is joining reviewing Trust Me, which she and I saw at TriBeCa Film Festival this year.  As a note, Clark Gregg was there and we kinda followed him around after his Q&A.  It wasn't stalking because other people were doing it too.  ~ Wilderowens

By PoohBear

My first thought was "I have to see Trust Me because Agent Coulson, I mean, Clark Gregg, directed, wrote and starred in this." Who wouldn't want to? Next thought, "I've seen him in a couple other things like "…Adventures of Old Christine", in addition to the Marvel franchise, so he'll be pretty good in this."  

Photo courtesy of Tribeca Film Festival
Gregg plays a desperate child talent agent, who was a child actor himself, living in a motel-like apartment complex with a love interest nearby and from the looks of it, a run-down, beat up car from the 1980's. He is eager to find his prodigal child moneymaker.  Saxon Sharbino, who plays his hopeful moneymaker, is like a young Lindsey Lohan (when Lindsey had a passion for acting and some real talent in her).  She plays the actress in peril, stuck under her father's thumb.  I love all the "cameos" of famous actors like Bill Macy, Felicity Huffman, and Molly Shannon, to name just a few. They play their parts brilliantly.

Trust Me has a definite gritty feel, very documentary-like, that adds to the reality of the situation and what is going on, but there are some rough edits. Some scenes are choppier than others or have more docu-style camera work. It seems intentional, but I’m not sure about the editing. Some of it is probably due to time/length constraints of the film, and some might be to have that same real-feel.  I’m also not sure I like the special effects that are used in the end of the film, but that is Gregg’s choice. He also chooses to put the very last moment of the film into the beginning of it, in order to have what I call, CSI-style storytelling.  So now, you are kept on the edge of your seat the whole movie wondering, "But how did that happen?!" And you definitely have that feeling during this film because it's very unexpected from the beginning to what happens in the end. 

Trust Me starts as a kind of dark comedy film and journeys into an even darker dramatic film. Gregg makes the transition pretty seamless and smooth. He really did an amazing job considering how many hats he wore to make this film happen.

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