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Monday, March 9, 2009

Movie Review - Changeling

Rated: R
Movie Made in: 2008
Run Time: 144 Minutes
Starring: Angelina Jolie & John Malkovich

Inspired by actual events that occurred in 1920s-era Los Angeles, Clint Eastwood's The Changeling tells the story of a woman driven to confront a corrupted LAPD after her abducted son is retrieved and she begins to suspect that the boy returned to her is not the same boy she gave birth to. The year was 1928, and the setting a working-class suburb of Los Angeles. As Christine (Angelina Jolie) said goodbye to her son, Walter, and departed for work, she never anticipated that this was the day her life would be forever changed. Upon returning home, Christine was distressed to discover that Walter was nowhere to be found. Over the course of the following months, the desperate mother would launch a search that would ultimately prove fruitless. Yet just when it seemed that all hope was lost, a nine-year-old boy claiming to be Christine's son seemed to appear out of thin air. Overcome with emotions and uncertain how to face the authorities or the press, Christine invites the child to stay in her home despite knowing without a doubt that he is not her son. As much as Christine would like to accept the fact that her son has been returned to her, she cannot accept the injustice being pushed upon her and continues to challenge the Prohibition-era Los Angeles police force at every turn. As a result, Christine is slandered by the powers that be, and painted as an unfit mother. In this town, a woman who challenges the system is putting her life on the line, and as the situation grows desperate, the only person willing to aid her in her search is benevolent local activist Reverend Briegleb (John Malkovich).

This movie is a true story and I love watching movies that are true. Before watching it I had heard it was very slow. I really didn't find that to be a problem. My Hubby on the other hand was fast asleep in no time, this movie did not interest him. I really liked it, I even teared up. I felt as a mom that I could really feel for this mom looking for her son. I going to give this movie 4 1/2 stars out of 5.


Becca said...

I have not seen it yet. I had wanted to when it was in theaters but you know life with 3 kids prevents such fun things from happening!


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Tammy said...

I watched this movie, loved it!

jenn said...

I am not a big angie fan, but this movie does look interesting. I'll watch it if it ever comes on HBO or something! lol!

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Michelle said...

Can't wait to see this one.

Julie said...

We just watched this last Saturday. I had wanted to see it since it came out. I loved it too. I just can't imagine what that poor lady went through. I love true stories too though. I would definitely recommend this to people. I didn't find it slow at all.

Nellie Butler said...

I've thought about watching it, but I've hesitated because I hate watching movies that I know are going to be emotionally draining and they don't turn out right. Haha, yeah, I know that's a lot like life, but I can't choose what happens in my life. I can, however, choose my fiction (even if it is based on true events). LOL :)