Thursday, January 15, 2009

Monday Movie: Changeling

January 12, 2009

It was already 6:30 pm and I was in a hurry to leave the workplace in time to catch the 7:00 VIP and Press Screening for the movie - Changeling. Never did I realize that the MRT was crowded, still, I squeezed myself in, unmindful how claustrophobic it had been. Hurriedly, I stepped off the train to meet my husband and off we walked to Gateway Cineplex.
With much luck, we arrived on time or should it be better to say that the movie started later than scheduled. We took advantage of the time to take some free refreshments.

How did I find the movie?
I am not a movie critic or a movie reviewer, I simply find this movie good enough and worthy of my time. Maybe the other people in the theater could agree with me too. Well, I just hope so. When the film started rolling and until it ended, everyone was focused and glued to their seats, never had I seen anyone who stand up and take a restroom break.

This is one story that had made me emotionally charged; and Angelina Jolie delivers a very compelling performance, seems like you are entirely immersed in her quest to find her son.
This Clint Eastwood's epic-melodramatic movie is based on a true story that happened in 1920s. It tells the story of Christine Collins, a single mother who works as supervisor at a telephone-operator station. When she returned home from her last shift, Christine finds that her son, Walter, is nowhere to be found.

Five months later and in order to quiet the press, the LAPD, who are desperate for good press coverage gives her another kid. Collins knew that the boy is not her son and the scenario becomes clear upon learning that the new Walter is three inches shorter than he was before (and he is also now circumcised). When Collins confronts the police and pointed out their mistake, the police chief and the captain have her committed to a mental institution. It was the local preacher Rev. Gustav Briegleb (John Malcovich) who aided her and takes her cause against police corruption.

Well, isn't a movie of a woman who struggle against a crooked system, fights for the son, or for her son's memory worth watching? This movie could somehow be disturbing and exhilarating, but, satisfying enough realizing how well made it is. Nonetheless, like everyone else, I concur that Clint Eastwood is a terrific director.
Since I got the chance to grab this ticket from Getzmo and I am a Getzmo blogger also, this blog post will also be posted in the Getzmo website.


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