This true story is as incredible as it is compelling. It starts on a March day in 1928 when the nine-year-old son of Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie
"A Mighty Heart") vanishes.
Five months later, the LAPD, already under the gun for other unsolved
crimes, calls out the press and delivers to Christine a boy who claims
to be her son but is not. To avoid embarrassment, Captain Jones
(Jeffrey Donovan "
demands she take the boy home on a "trial basis."
When she continues to insist that the LAPD needs to find her real son,
Jones does what the department always does with troublesome citizens. They lock her up in a psycho ward.
A radio minister, Gustav
Briegleb (John Malkovich
"Con Air"), who has been fighting the corruption of Police Chief James E. Davis
, "Chicago") on his radio broadcasts and has taken an interest in Christine's case, shows
up to demand her release just before she's subjected to shock treatment. Meanwhile, another officer, Detective Ybarra
"Dawn of the Dead"), launches an investigation into a potential serial
Stewart Northcott (Jason Butler Harner "The Good Shepherd"
) that not only proves Christine's
contention but exposes the force, its chief and the mayor to the wrath
of a citizenry fed up with living in a police state. While fighting City Hall, Christine must also deal with
the murder trial of Northcott, who taunts her with the truth of her son's
fate right up until his San Quentin execution.
Based on a true story from newspaper articles and the files of the L.A. police department, screenwriter J. Michael Straczynski
adds another engrossing chapter to the filmed history of the city as seen previously in "Chinatown
" and "LA Confidential
." Multiple Oscar winning director Clint Eastwood
("Million Dollar Baby") has made an exciting film that despite running 2 hours and 21 minutes doesn't feel overly long. And Angelina Jolie
has seldom given a finer performance.