Changeling (2008): Movie review

Posted: January 6, 2009 in Uncategorized

Just finished watching Changeling and it was brilliant!
It touches on my favourite subjects: the human psyche, the common revolution-oriented concept that humans in organized society often find themselves victims in prisons of their own making, and… conspiracy theories! Yay.

The movie, directed and produced by Clint Eastwood (woot!), and starring the Oscar-winning Angelina Jolie, is based on a true story. The story, based on life in LA in the 1920s, is simple and mind-boggling in its simplicity: Christine Collins (Jolie) is your average 1920 working woman, and one day, her son goes missing. The LAPD claims to have found her son after 5 months of searching. Christine, however, when presented to the boy who says ‘I am Walter Collins, your son’ adamantly says that the boy is, in fact, not her son at all. Therein lies the juicy center of this thriller.

Wiki says, a Changeling is a being in folk religion, typically described as the offspring of a fairy, troll, elf or other legendary creature that has been secretly left in the place of a human child.

The rest of the story follows up with Christine refusing to accept the boy as her son, and a conspiracy headed by the LAPD unfolds. How far will the LAPD go to shut her up and prevent the truth about their negligence and corrupted games from escaping? Is the governing authority of the city enslaving and manipulating its people for the sake of power? Pulling the strings to people’s lives and getting rid of those who stand in their way?

The movie is surely a tear-jerker for sentimental types (not me), as it deals with the sensitive ‘mother’s-love-for-her-son-blahblah’ issue. Jolie provides a riveting performance as a mother who has lost the only family she seems to have.

The story is beautifully directed to bring out the locks and chains that exist in a power-hungry dog-eat-dog world, and deals with a large variety of factors that make the human mind tick: love, politics, power, corruption, and my favourite, sanity or lack thereof. Some ideas in the movie even rung true of the censorship and hunger for power that is so rampant on our little island today.

The asylum scenes are my favourite, where the protagonist’s sanity comes into question, and where one may realize that ‘insanity’ is often just a point of view. Definitely food for thought and quite befitting of ol’ Eastwood’s reputation. A must-watch! Rating: 8/10.

  1. Lady divine says:

    I watched this on Sunday and loved it! Also watch Traitor.. it’s another good movie..:)

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