DVD Review: The Imposter
The Imposter is a documentary about the disappearance and re-appearence of a 13 year old boy from Texas, told through interviews and re-created scenes. As far as this kind of docudrama goes, I usually avoid them, but lucky for me, what I had heard about The Imposter made me want to watch it.
Nicholas was 13 on the day he disappeared, back in 1994, and would have been 16 years and 8 months old when Spanish Police found him three and a half years later in a village in Southern Spain.
Nicholas’s sister flew to Spain to bring him home, but any nagging doubts about this boy who claimed to be her brother, she kept to herself. In fact the whole family welcomed this boy into their lives, even when the evidence started t stack up that something wasn’t right.
The Imposter is the gripping true story of identity theft and deception on many, many levels. It’s and edge of your seats ride through a bizarre world of unbelivable actions.
Exquisitely filmed and expertly edited, The Imposter flows like a Hollywood drama, without loosing focus on it’s documentary nature and the authenticity of it’s true story. It really is so unbelievably out of whack with reality that you will be glued to the screen whilst at the same time shaking your head.
The actions all point to something else that can’t be proved but hangs over the later half of the documentary like the elephant in the room, leaving you satisfied that the main story has been resolved but leaving you with implications enough to chew on for some time after.
Rating: M Offensive language.