Director: Clint Eastwood
Starring: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Jeffrey Donovan
Clint Eastwood has done it again-would we expect any less? Lies, deceit, intrigue, suspense, anti-feminism-and a heart-pounding look at the infamous Los Angeles Police Department of the 1920’s.
Jolie plays Mrs. Christine Collins, a single mother in 1928 who comes home one evening to find her son is missing. Five months later he is found and brought back to Christine, except that the boy who is handed over to her is not her son. She is immediately told that she must be confused, and the trauma, the time lapse, and her emotional state must have made her think the boy was not her son. She accepts the boy, poses for pictures, and takes him home.
Mrs. Collins obviously knows this isn’t her son, and she confronts the police department to no avail. She eventually raises such a ruckus that the cold and ruthless police captain, played by Jeffrey Donovan, has her committed.
Fortunately for Mrs. Collins, she has on her side the Reverend Gustav Briegleb, who has devoted his life to bringing down the police force.
This film is a brilliant nail-biter, with a plot that thickens unlike anything we have been graced with in a long while. Anyone who has not yet seen it, do so now!