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Mystery thriller of the year: a MUST SEE,
This review is from: The Imposter (DVD)
I had seen the trailer of this movie a couple of times when catching other movies recently, and I have to say I was immensely intruiged by the premise of the movie. The movie finally opened this weekend here in Cincinnati and I went to see it right away.
"The Imposter" (2012 release; 99 min.) brings the tale of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 yr. old kid in San Antonio who disappears one day without a trace in 1994, only to be miraculously found 3 1/2 years later in... Spain! As it turns out, the boy in Spain is not really Nicholas, but some French guy pretending to be Nicholas. He manages to talk his way through everything, fooling US and Spanish diplomatic and legal personnel alike, and "long-lost Nicholas" is returned to Texas, where he is eagerly awaited by his overjoyed "family". Life is good for a while, but when others get involved upon his return (a trauma specialist, the FBI, etc.) he is eventually found out to be an imposter. At this point, we are only half-way into the movie, and I asked myself, well, what else is left to be told? And that is where the documentary REALLY takes off, and had me on the edge of my seat all the way through. Don't worry, I'm not going to spoil the fun, you'll just have to see for yourself how it all plays out. There is not a whole lot of historical footage in the movie (although there is the footage of Nicholas' arrival at the San Antonio airport, just fascinating, and also Sam Donaldson and Connie Chung TV clips when the return of long-lost Nicholas made national headlines). Most of the movie consists of interviews with the principals (the imposter himself, several of the family members, etc.) and there are also "FBI Most Wanted"-like re-enactments of some pivotal scenes.
I see over 100 movies per year in the theatre, and I can tell you right here and now that this is one of the best movies I've seen this year, period. It's also why I love a top-notch documentary so much: you can't make this stuff up! Just riveting. Kudos obviously to director Bart Layton and producer Dimitri Doganis for bringing this slice of life to the big screen as it will exceed all of your wildest expectations. "The Imposter" is not only highly recommended, it is a MUST-SEE movie. You will thank me later for this recommendation!