|Formats:||15 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Angelina Jolie, John Malkovich, Devon Gearhart, Michael Kelly, Jeffrey Donovan, Jason Butler Harner, Devon Conti, Eddie Alderson, Gabriel Schwalenstocker, Jason Ciok, Kevin Glikmann|
|Collections:||100 Feisty Females, 100 Hot Hits, 100 Most Wanted, Based on a True Story, Clint Eastwood, Most Watched Trailers, Top 400 All-Time Rentals|
|Run time:||2 hours 20 minutes|
|Rental release:||30 Mar 2009|
By Tom Charity from LOVEFiLM
Angelina Jolie becomes Clint Eastwood's next leading lady is his latest drama...
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YES, ANG CAN ACT... SHE HAS AN OSCAR, DON'T YOU KNOW...By hunkydomste (48 reviews) from Liverpool , 05 Dec 2008
[Highly rated reviewer]La Jolie is brilliant at kicking butt, no doubt about it. Yet it is easy to forget that behind the action stylings of Lara Croft, Wanted's Fox or loooong time ago (but unfortunately not forgotten) Gone In 40 Seconds hides a seriously talented actress. After all, Angelina did win an Academy Award for a brilliant performance in Girl, Interrupted.
There are shadows of just that film to be found in Changeling, of course. But the leading lady's powerful performance during an enforced stint in a Psychiatric Hospital is by no means the only strong point of this Clint Eastwood directed, true story gut wrencher.
Eastwood is a seasoned director, established and respected for the likes of Million Dollar Baby or the early Unforgiven. This then, is another big credit to him. The films muted colours, sets and performances are immersing, harrowing and credible. The story is one that is so close to home with recent events, yet so unbelievable, it borders on estrangement. The point that Eastwood makes, through his film and the actors' and actresses' outstanding deliveries is: this happened. And like it or not, it was not all that long ago.
Christine Collins (Jolie) is a single mum who returns home from work one afternoon to find her son Walter has disappeared. When the police weeks later present her with a child they claim is Walter, Christine knows this is not her son. She soon sees herself bullied and forced into silence by a corrupt police department that would rather throw a woman undermining its competence into a psychiatric hospital than admit an error.
I will not spoil the film by giving away any more of the story, but it is twisting, red-herringed and gripping to the very end. Changeling is by no means an easy watch or a walk in the park, but for those who like their drama haunting and their performances powerful, this is just the ticket.
SEE THIS IF YOU LIKED
* GONE BABY GONE
* GIRL, INTERRUPTED
* LA CONFIDENTIAL
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reviewed in twenty wordsBy pablocapaldi (81 reviews) , 31 Mar 2013
[Highly rated reviewer]Very close to the real story but not quite. Jolie is good and the story is truly heartbreaking, very watchable.
Now I wasn't expecting that!By hamburglar (10 reviews) , 17 Mar 2013The trailer doesn't do this film justice at all, really enjoyed it. Plus Angelina is sooo good at acting unhinged it's always worth a watch.
Good but too slow and long.By The KnightWatcher (629 reviews) from Gloucestershire , 22 Feb 2013Mothers anguish when abducted son returns but it is not her son. Clint Eastwood is always a great director. Watchable but too long.
Good FilmBy Faerie30 (26 reviews) , 13 Feb 2013Great film, I was unsure as to whether to bother with this but I'm really glad I did, It;s not a challenging film by any stretch of the imagination but a nice way to while away an hour or so.
Utter RubbishBy a customer , 06 Feb 2013Utter tosh. I watched only 20 mins and had to turn it off before I died of boredome. Utterly terrible.
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