Changeling

Name: Changeling
Year: 2008
Rating: R
Running Time (minutes): 141
Description: Los Angeles, 1928. A single mother returns from work to find her nine-year-old son gone. She calls the LAPD to initiate a search. Five months later, a boy is found in Illinois who fits the description; he says he’s her son. To fanfare and photos, the LAPD reunite mother and son, but she insists he’s not her boy. The cops dismiss her as either a liar or hysterical. When she joins a minister in his public criticism of the police, they in turn use government power to silence and intimidate her. Meanwhile, a cop goes to a dilapidated ranch to find a Canadian lad who’s without legal status; the youth tells a grisly tale. There’s redress for murder; is there redress for abuse of power?
Stars: Angelina Jolie, Colm Feore and Amy Ryan
Genres: Drama, Mystery, Thriller

Sickening. Why did I watch that? It wasn’t bad, but too harrowing. Angelie Jolie is terrific (her ‘Did you kill my son?!’ gave me goosebumps) and it was a nice surprise to see Michael Kelly play such a different role. Colm Feore’s performance was noteworthy as well, while Clint Eastwood’s score is barely functional. Leave composing to composers.

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