It’s ironic how there can be certain films that you just know are going to be awesome. So awesome that when they get released you put off watching them in case your expectations have been over inflated and the movie turns out to be disappointing. But when you finally decide to watch the film, it so totally blows you away, you regret holding out for so long.
Changeling is one of those films. It’s a film that proves that Clint Eastwood is far better behind the camera than in front of it. It’s a film that proves that true stories of human drama and injustice make for a more enjoyable viewing experience than the latest ‘blockbusters.’ And it’s a film that just goes to show, that even an actor that you don’t think can nail the role, still has the power to surprise you.
Beginning in the late 1920s, this ‘inspired by’ true story is based around the corrupt police force of Los Angeles, and one mothers fight to prove her sanity, their corruption and become a change maker for many peoples lives.
When her young son goes missing, solo mother Christine phones the police only to be told to wait for 24 hours, by which time her boy has vanished. But then, after moths of search and not giving up hope, the boy is found and reunited with his mother.
Only it’s not her son.
And this is only the beginning of the story.
Everything about the Changeling is pitch perfect, Jolie nails her role as a distraught but determined mother, whilst John Malkovich is larger than life in his role as a popular radio preacher, determined to root out the corruption that is rendering impotent the cities police force.
Attention to detail, and even the muted colour scheme gives Changeling an air of authenticity, so much so that we forget that this is based on events and take the whole story as gospel. This is undeniably Eastwood’s finest hour, a film that takes you on and emotional, tension filled ride through the terror that never seem to let up, and that constantly surprises and shocks the viewer.
Reviewed by: Jonathan Read
Released on: June 17th, 2009
Year of Original Release: 2008
Stars: Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Gattlin Griffith, Michael Kelly, Jeffrey Donovan, Colm Feore, Denis O’Hare, Eddie Alderson, Jason Butler Harner, Devon Conti, Michelle Gunn, Asher Axe
Length (Minutes): 136
Media Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.78 : 1
Supported Audio: Dolby Digital Surround 5.1
Director: Eastwood, Clint
Studio: Universal Pictures