Changeling Movie Review

Imagine if you will a society where the police department, the entity pledged to serve and protect the community, is given permission by the chief of police to “clean up the streets”, to brutalize and murder “offenders” without warrants, trials or paperwork; a system as corrupt as the Mafia and just as ruthless, that brooks no dissension, embarrassment or threat to their power.

Now imagine a mother, coming home from her job at AT&T, where she works as a supervisor of telephone operators, to find her nine-year-old son missing.  Frantically, she informs the police, who, after a four-month nationwide search, bring a boy matching her son’s description home to her.  They absolutely insist that the boy IS her son, despite the fact that he looks different and is four inches shorter.  And despite her protests that they made a mistake, the police consider the case closed.

It is hard to imagine that anyone could be so ludicrously brazen as to say that a hysterical mother is not objective enough to know her own son when she sees him, but that is the premise behind the story of Changeling, the latest directorial effort from Hollywood icon Clint Eastwood, and starring Angelina Jolie as Christine Collins, the aforementioned mother desperately trying to find her missing son, Walter.

Despite the insistence of L.A.P.D. captain J.J. Jones (Jeffrey Donovan) that they found the right boy, Christine continues to protest that a mistake has been made, and that her son is still out there somewhere.  She eventually finds an ally in Rev. Gustav Briegleb (wonderfully played by John Malkovich), a local pastor who also does regular radio broadcasts vilifying the police force, but not long afterward, Capt. Jones has Christine committed to the psychopathic ward at a local mental hospital, since she’s “obviously lost touch with reality”.

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