Changeling - UGPulse Reviews

Changeling - UGPulse Reviews

The courage of one woman against a sexist male dominated corrupt Los Angeles Police force.

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First published: November 10, 2008

US Release Date: October 24th, 2008

Director: Clint Eastwood

Main Cast: Angelina Jolie, Amy Ryan, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan, Riki Lindhome

Genre: Drama, Thriller

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It is 1928 when a single mother, Christine Collins played by Angelina Jolie, loses her son Walter and some are getting impatient that the Los Angeles Police Department is not doing enough on the case. Christine, and her community, finally gets the news that her son has been found and is being brought to her. But at first glance, it is clear to her that the boy is not her son! Or at least he is not according to Christine Collins. LAPD is reluctant to reopen their closed case. They must prove that that the boy is who they say he is and it is the mother that is not clear about reality.

The real Christine Collins
The real Christine Collins.

The real Walter Collins
The real Walter Collins.

What is up with all these anti LAPD movies out this fall?

I had a vague idea of what the movie was about from watching the trailer in the past so as soon as the movie begins one is left to wait to see how Christine loses Walter.

Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) with Walter
Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) with Walter.

The first thing you are reminded of is that the movie is a true story and that set in a mood of seriousness in the audience. From the reduction of color, the early twentieth sexism and the workplace setting, the picture pays attention to little details to put you back in 1928. It is not long before the movie captures you.

Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) with 'Walter'
Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) with 'Walter'.

Police captain, JJ Jones (Jeffrey Donovan)
Police captain, JJ Jones (Jeffrey Donovan).

Angelina Jolie does not disappoint in this dramatic role as Christine Collins. Her trademark lips perhaps distract you from time to time to remind you of the actress but not enough to take you from her role... and to instead perhaps put a little flavor to the character. Her subtle expressions are very well executed and I cannot help but think our man Clint Eastwood had something to do with it. After all isn't Clint the King of subtle acting? Who can forget his near speechless role in the classic- The Good The Bad and The Ugly?

Director Clint Eastwood
Director Clint Eastwood.

All-in-all the movie was enjoyable, educative and leaves everyone in shock. It is based on a true story so it is pleasantly unpredictable. The dead silence from the theater hall is a reflection of the state of shock the movie leaves you in.

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First published: November 10, 2008