I'm surprised at these conflicting reviews. This is an incredible film, fantastically directed by David Schwimmer.
The storyline: a young girl (brilliantly played by Liana Liberato) is manipulated by someone she trusts. This is a very small part of the story, the rest makes for necessary (if raw) viewing: the after effects! How an event (such as this) can destroy families, friendships, futures.
Be warned there is no resolve, no happy ending, no someone getting their revenge. It's honest film.
The most defining part of the movie comes when the father (Clive Owen) confides in a colleague. The viewer is left reeling: he 'groomed' her, she knew the him, she agreed to go a motel with him - therefore it's not really an attack, it's not really rape, "it could've been worse" says the colleague. Well no, not really: Just because it's not a stranger in a dark alley with a gun doesn't make it any less of a sexual assault, any less of a crime. "She's 14".
The outcome is truth we all face: we cannot protect or shelter ourselves and (especially) those we love from the world, from getting hurt (because we ALL do),
"The only thing we can do, is be there for each other when we do fall down and pick each other up." This was the most powerful lesson that I took away from the movie.
I believe David has very successful career ahead of him as a director, you sense he opened his heart when making this film, drawing the best from his crew and the actors; Clive Owen and Catherine Keener are brilliant (their portrayal of broken parents, unable to protect or shoulder the burden of pain for their children, it's exactly what we all would do, how we would all react if it were our child.)
I recommend this movie to anyone who loves someone in their life more than they actually love themselves (I hope that's everyone)