• 2009-01-14
  • By Jana Belugina

DEEPER ISSUES: Hardly a light film, this movie addresses deeper issues of corruption and the lengths people will go to stay in power.

Director: Clint Eastwood

From the very beginning, viewers are informed that the plot is based on a true story. Without knowing that, one would probably never believe that this could happen in real life, in a city as large as Los Angeles.
One day Christine Collins, played by Angelina Jolie, returns to her house to find that her 9-year-old son is missing. This is not the first such case for the police 's about 20 children had previously disappeared without a trace.

In an effort to save their reputation, the police 's after five devastating months of searching for the child 's return her son to Christine. Or at least what they claim to be her son.
Her new son is a bit shorter, a bit fatter and circumsized. The child does not recognize anyone or anything, yet police claim that this is Walter Collins, explaining that he could have changed due to the long absence.
Christine does not accept that this is her son and begs the authorities to continue to search for her real son, who could still be in danger due to police "successfully" closing case.

In order to illuminate the unwanted problem, Christine is named an unfit mother and placed into a mental hospital. Once she arrives she learns that she is not the only one there under code "12" 's patients that are considered a threat to the perfect reputation of the police.

"Changeling" is a great drama, revealing the reality of corrupt people in power who position themselves as the ones ruling the world without even the slightest care for peoples' lives. But even more, this is the story of a mother that lost her child, but never lost hope and ultimately accomplished a seemingly impossible task.
The screenwriter, the director, and the actors all do an amazing job with this film. It was one of the best roles played by Angelina Jolie, alongside an impressive performance by John Malcovich and Jeffrey Donovan, just to name just a few. The film was predominantly shot with dark colors and mixed with several shockingly brutal scenes.

It is not an easy movie to watch, so do not expect leaving the cinema with a light feeling, but it is definitely worth seeing.
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