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Changeling (2008)

Drama | 142 minutes
3,85 3.591 votes

Genre: Mystery / Crime

Duration: 142 minuten

Country: United States

Directed by: Clint Eastwood

Stars: Angelina Jolie and John Malkovich

IMDb score: 7,8 (265.138)

Releasedate: 24 October 2008

Changeling plot

"To find her son, she did what no one else dared."

Los Angeles, 1928. One day, Christine Collins' son Walter, disappears. She calls in the police who take her seriously late. Then Walter is found, but Christine immediately reports to the LAPD that this boy is not her son. The corrupt LA police are currently under fire in the media and could use the finding of the missing boy. Christine is therefore not taken seriously. Meanwhile, the search for the real Walter Collins has come to a halt and the clock is ticking.

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Christine Collins

Rev. Gustav Briegleb

Captain J.J. Jones

Detective Lester Ybarra

Chief James E. Davis

Gordon Northcott

Carol Dexter

Dr. Jonathan Steele

Ben Harris

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tbouwh

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Very captivating film about a mother (Angelina Jolie) whose son is kidnapped when she leaves him alone at home for a day. The child that is found a few weeks later claims to be her son, but is not. At least that's what the mother claims, because her claim is rejected by the police….

Changeling is set in the late 1920s, when corruption among the police forces is rampant and dissidents are quickly silenced. Within this context, Jolie's character's search for her true son takes place. In fact, she only sees herself supported by a local priest with her own radio station (a somewhat curious role by John Malkovich). Although the film rightly bears the mystery label, Changeling is more about acting and narrative content than actual suspense related to the ending of the story. Clint Eastwood opts for a longer playing time with room for strong dialogues and a view into the impotence of a powerless mother, and that works out well in my opinion.

Angelina Jolie is far from my favorite actress, but here I found her acting convincingly; certainly in a few key scenes she manages to hold her own. I was much more impressed by the serial killer role, which is superbly played by Jason Butler Harner. It produces two very memorable scenes in the second half of the film (the dialogue between Jolie and Butler Harner and Harner's death scene).

The ending of Changeling is satisfying, because for once there is no happy ending. All Christine Collins has is the hope of finding her son (perhaps against her better judgment) someday.

The best Clint Eastwood movie I've seen so far. Good for a solid 8 anyway, but given the strong second half, the film gets the benefit of the doubt in terms of score:

4.5*

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Lovelyboy

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More than fine drama that, despite being 20 years old, has not lost any of its power.

What is striking is the beautiful calm storytelling style, time image of the 1930s, beautiful color filters in good and bad times, but also in the desert near the chicken coop. More than excellent acting by practically all the actors, what a terribly pedantic man that Jeffrey Donovan is. The arrogant attitude and that Collins really only had to listen, the tone of that man, boy being a young... woman was like a wipe of the foot in those days. The fact that they can be randomly admitted to an institution if they become too difficult are things you can't imagine these days.

However, one downside and that is the duration of the film. He's just a bit too tall to keep you interested all the time.

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IH88

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“He's not my son!”

Rock solid film by Clint Eastwood. Atmospheric, and that is mainly due to the beautiful cinematography and production design. You really feel like you are in the 1920s/30s, and actors like Jolie, Malkovich, Feore, Kelly and Amy Ryan also adapt effortlessly. The story is interesting and heartbreaking, and things happen in the film that sometimes make you scold your screen. Compliments to Eastwood and the actors involved, because it means you empathize with Christine Collins' struggle and search for her son. Compliments also for the fantastic score (composed by Eastwood himself).

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