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Disturbing, yet Inspirational
on November 28, 2015
This is based on true events which makes it even more disturbing than it already is. Angelina Jolie plays a young single mother in 1920s Los Angeles. When her young son goes missing, she frantically does everything she can to get him back and she does. However, the boy returned to her is not her son, courtesy of the corrupt L.A.P.D.
This film is dark and powerful. To imagine even a department as well known for corruption as this, actually trying to pass off a false child to a parent is sickening. Jolie plays the part with lots of conviction. John Malkovich is excellent as Reverend Gustav, already an ardent attacker of the L.A.P.D., who becomes involved in the case enough to rescue Jolie's character from the depths of an asylum later on.
This is one of director Eastwood's darkest films as far as subject matter. While it shows one of the worst sides of human nature, it also shows the power of a mother's love and is well worth watching.