Clint Eastwood directed Changeling, it is a masterpiece released in 2008. It tells the true story of Christine Collins whose boy went missing and whose disappearance may be connected to the Wineville Chicken Coop Murders.
Taking place in 1928, Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie ) is a loving mother who takes care of her son Walter (Gattlin Griffith). He vanishes one night and though she reports it, the Los Angeles police department ignores her. However, a radio preacher named Reverend Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich) rails against the LAPD for their corruption and negligence. After taking his disappearance seriously, Chief James E. Davis (Colm Feore) and Captain J. J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan) return a boy to Mrs. Collins. It is boy, but not her Walter. When she tries to confront the police about the false identity, they at first ignore her. Later, they imprison her on false pretenses in an insane asylum.
Little do they know that in Wineville, not far from Los Angeles, there is a killer that is stalking and kidnapping children. Walter may be among them.
Clint Eastwood is a master storyteller. It is riveting from beginning to end. It exposes how corrupt the system was back in the day. The production value is incredible and the way it moves is truly in sync with the emotions the scenes invoke.
As for the performances, Jolie, Malkovich, and Donovan are all at the top of their game. Sometimes, I did not feel a connection to Jolie during her plight, but she does do a good job of bringing her character to life.
Botton line, it is a moving true story about a mother who is searching for a son in the midst of a corrupt system that is holding her back.
FAVORITE QUOTE: I just stayed away.
PARENTAL CONCERNS: Foul language, disturbing content
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