Starring Clive Owen (“Closer”), Catherine Keener (“Capote”) and Viola Davis (“Doubt”), the critically acclaimed film on the dangers of Internet relationships will be shown exclusively at Ayala Malls Cinemas (Glorietta 4, Greenbelt 3 and Trinona) starting Sept. 7.
When Annie, a 14-year-old girl, is seduced by a 41-year-old internet predator she knows only as “Charlie,” it tears apart her family. While her father, Will (Owen) becomes obsessed with revenge fantasies, Annie enters therapy, where she refuses to admit she’s been victimized.
“It was a hugely impressive script, beautifully written,” admires Owen. “I have two daughters so I could relate to this father’s angst and found the script to be very uncompromising in how it explains one of the big topics of modern lives—children and the Internet and how they relate.”
Adds the actor, “The Internet has gathered pace so quickly that we’re still grappling with the boundaries of it. The computer is in everyone’s homes and there are dangers to that with children. For example, you can’t blame a child for having curiosity, and now all they have to do is ‘google’ on the computer and they can see things that might not be appropriate without their parents even realizing it.”
Catherine Keener, nominated twice for an Academy Award®, plays the mother, Lynn. “When I read the script, I was expecting something good,” admits Keener. “I just didn’t realize how powerful it was. It was very thought-provoking and completely upsetting. The script shows the Internet in a certain way which we haven’t yet fully explored in movies.
“This is an artistic and stand-on-its-own movie, but it also has some guts socially which audiences will understand,” continues Keener. “This movie talks about being aware and knowing as much as you can in protecting your kids. If this movie can cause a little action, a little advocacy, then I think this knowledge is power.”
Another bit of stellar casting was landing last year’s Academy Award®-nominee Viola Davis in the key role of the therapist, Gail Friedman. Davis, who winged in for three days to play the part of the therapist at the beginning of the 29-day shoot, confesses, “This script opened my heart because it humanized a subject that is not portrayed much in the media.”
“The subject of rape and the Internet has been desensitized,” explains Davis, “but this script gave me compassion for the women and teenagers who have been victimized so I wanted to be a part of this movie– help bring awareness to what is happening in our world today.”
Davis concludes, “This movie is a great example of a young girl, so seemingly outwardly secure, but inwardly she’s searching for herself, searching for her place, and then she meets up with the wrong person through the Internet. You see how the deadly combination spirals out of control and how it’s too much for someone who isn’t mature enough to handle it. I hope audiences walk away with the repercussions of what happened to this girl and her family because they weren’t vigilant and aware of the perils of the Internet.”