But as obvious as this “Based on a True Story” ploy might be to earn some easy-as-pie esteem, you’d have to carry a heart of stone in that chest cavity of yours to not find yourself affected by Jolie’s performance, and the connected harrowing tale.
Transparent or not, is an expertly made human drama featuring a stirring combination of Eastwood’s signature low-key tone with some surprising shocks.
contains enough genres to send the viewer into frenzied confusion over which direction they’re going.
It begins with the melodramatic search for a lost child, twists into police corruption, nods at a serial killer, makes a brief pit stop in territory, embraces court drama with two intercut courtroom scenes, and then ends with a whimper.
Middleton married Magdalen Marbeck in 1602, and returned to London the following year.
By this time, he was writing plays for the prominent theatre manager, Philip Henslowe.
Meanwhile, Reverend Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich) does everything in his power to defend Christine, setting his sights on the notoriously corrupt LAPD.
What he finds is the homestead of vicious child murderer Gordon Northcott, creepily portrayed by Jason Butler Harner.
Bullied into doing so, she quickly realizes the boy cannot be Walter—the replacement is circumcised and several inches shorter in height.
His dentist and teachers maintain they’ve never seen him. When Christine makes clear that the LAPD has made a mistake, they label her insane, and after publicly announcing it’s not her son, she’s thrown in a mental institution to quiet her protests.