Aroview: Would-be heavyweight drama set in 1920's L.A. sees solo mother Angelina Jolie reunite with her kidnapped son only to realise he is an impostor, and her subsequent struggle to find the truth in a world rife with patriarchal prejudice and political corruption.
In fashioning a hybrid of women's melodrama and unsavoury crime thriller from a script that can only manage lip service to both (Jolie's pout notwithstanding), 78-year-old Eastwood's blunt directing instrument pigeonholes his characters as either saintly or dastardly. A sense of 'deja vu' also falls upon scenes in locations such as mental asylums, isolated farm houses, courtrooms etc., used to much better effect in other films. That said, this downbeat, plushly-appointed period piece will more than satisfy home jurors who like to see justice served with a fist in the air.
Average rating (Good Enough). Showing 1-3 of 3 member reviews.
5 stars (Exceptional) A surprisingly great drama filled with suspense, mystery, and emotion, this is Jolie's best performance ever. Eastwood is an excellent director who manages to convey feeling with every scene and keep the audience fixated.~Tom H
2 stars (Good Try) Surprisingly disappointing tale of a mother's quest to find her missing son amongst extreme police corruption in the 1920s. Over-dramatic performances that boarder on terrible, with countless scenes that leave you rolling your eyes saying "as if!"~GenXGirl
2 stars (Good Try) Even for Eastwood its long & it took a long time to find a finish. The story is interesting so hopefully there is a documentary available so that we can find out what really happened (there is a book see IMDb).Period set designs & costumes are faultless.~tubbs