HollywoodChicago.com RSS   Facebook   HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter   Free Giveaway E-mail   

Film Review: ‘The Imposter’ Plays Like Hollywood Thriller

Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionE-mail page to friendE-mail page to friendPDF versionPDF version
No votes yet

CHICAGO – Bart Layton’s “The Imposter” allows an absolute scumbag to take center stage, a documentarian’s device that usually turns me off from a film altogether. Too many films give microphones to people who don’t deserve the attention and often have committed their heinous crimes just to get it. The first act of “The Imposter” gave me that creepy feeling like even hearing this story was making its horrendous criminal’s dreams come true. And then the movie not only gets under your skin with its fascinating story but takes a twist that makes it far more fascinating. Incredibly well-made and with a story you won’t forget, “The Imposter” is one of the better docs of the season.

HollywoodChicago.com Oscarman rating: 4.0/5.0
Rating: 4.0/5.0

What would bring a man to steal the identity of a stolen child? What would bring a family member to excuse things like accent, hair, and eye color to accept that her son has returned to her when she must know deep down that he has not? “The Imposter” starts as an amazing story of a gross human being who used a family’s pain for personal safety. He is afraid and he essentially seeks asylum in the arms of someone else’s tragedy. The filmmakers tell this unique story almost like a thriller, moving in and out of reenactment, interview, and archival footage with a deft touch that will keep you riveted throughout.

StarRead Brian Tallerico’s full review of “The Imposter” in our reviews section.

In 1993, a Texas boy named Nicholas Barclay went missing. He needed a ride home, didn’t get one, and his family assumed that he was picked up by a stranger. One day he was there, the next day he was gone. After a few months, they assumed that Nicholas had been murdered and they merely hoped that they would one day find his body to give the family closure. Four years later, they got a call from Spain.

The caller said that a boy had been found and he claimed to be Nicholas. In actuality, it was Frederic Bourdin, a French con man looking for safety. As he was sitting in a Spanish police station while the officers tried to figure out the identity of this unusual drifter, Bourdin started calling U.S. police stations asking about missing children. He learned about Barclay, dyed his hair blonde, gave himself the tiny tattoos that the child had, and came up with an amazing story.

StarContinue reading for Brian Tallerico’s full “The Imposter” review.

“The Imposter” was directed by Bart Layton and opens at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago on August 24, 2012.

The Imposter
The Imposter
Photo credit: Indomina

Post new comment

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.
This question is for testing whether you are a human visitor and to prevent spam submissions.
Enter the characters shown in the image.

Hot stories on the Web

User Login

Free Giveaway Mailing


  • Happy Christmas

    CHICAGO – “Drinking Buddies” director Joe Swanberg’s latest release of the same star wattage is “Happy Christmas,” an even lower-fi story than the Olivia Wilde beer comedy, steered even more by the casting that it was able to assemble. However, with this movie Swanberg doesn’t so much worry about having a story that could be confused with a more mainstream romantic comedy if it were to have a bigger budget.

  • reno 911 front.png

    CHICAGO – The oughts was the era of the workplace mock-doc comedy, with shows like “The Office” and “Reno 911!” born into a time where TV viewers were excited to see see fake realities about the crumminess of a job. While this series has been available in separate season collections previously, “Reno 911!” is now available in a complete series set, one that boasts a grand amount of special features content in spite of some lacking comedy in the actual show.


HollywoodChicago.com on Twitter


HollywoodChicago.com Top Ten Discussions