Punky’s Movie Experiment: The Imposter

Suggested by: @tehSmarty

This review was supposed to be my 50th one, but for an unknown reason, I completely forgot about it and never finished it. (I ended up reviewing Runner Runner. I was in a very dark place) So without further ado, here’s what was supposed to be my 50th review, but it didn’t make the cut. Enjoy!
I’ve been going on and on about what movie should I choose for my 50th review. It’s been a month since the last one and basically I couldn’t decide what to do. All I needed was something to click the writing button in my brain… and this film finally did. One of the reasons is because I have a detective vein in me that loves unsolved mysteries and criminal investigations. I sometimes blame this to Arthur Conan Doyle’s ‘Sherlock Holmes’ but it’s a mystery how it all started. Hehe, mystery.
Now let’s talk about this movie that triggered my writing mode. It’s a documentary about the disappearance of a 13 year old boy named Nicholas Barclay from Texas in 1994. 3 years later, the police call his family to tell them they found him alive, and in Spain. Now this 16 year old boy seems strange. His accent is different. He now has brown eyes (Nicholas had blue eyes), and he looks older than 16. But still, this family opened their home and didn’t question anything. The only thing they knew is that he’s been traumatized in a very dark way by the “evil” military. A private investigator noticed something was wrong and that’s when the truth started unraveling. What they find is even creepier than what you think. “Nicholas” is really not Nicholas at all and there’s more twist and turns in the story but I won’t spoil it for you.
Thoughts: I’ve only seen a couple of documentaries (or films for that matter), that actually made me not want to blink so that I don’t miss anything that is happening. This film blew my mind completely, not only because the story feels like it came out from a thriller/drama movie, but also because the family was so blind from hope and happiness that they didn’t see what was really happening. You might think they are a very dumb family for not figuring out, but you have to remember that they’ve been searching for this little boy for 3 years, filled with anguish and hope that he’s alive somewhere. So getting the news that he might actually be alive is one that they’ve been hoping to hear for a while, they got blinded and thought this guy:

His talent manager got him a part for High School Musical, but he declined because he was too busy being 16.

was this cute kid:

Holy crap i’m seeing double!

Of course when it happened, the man was 23 years old (playing a 16 year old kid) but still he pretty much looks the same only with a little bit of more hair and he was blonde. What really impress me is how well his plan started, even if he was improvising. He made the best of what he had. I also felt bad for him since it seems like he didn’t have a good childhood and this was the closest thing to feeling like a normal kid with a family. This was the first time I heard about this story so everything came to a surprise to me and I think that’s what made this documentary so interesting.
The film was shot with reenactments mixed with actual footage and interviews. It was so well shot that sometimes it felt like it was not a documentary at all but a thriller film, so it makes it even more entertaining. The last couple of scenes put me at the edge of my seat! I think this is the first documentary that did that to me, and almost made me cry. The editing helps a lot with the storytelling so you never feel bored at all. In fact, it’s one of those films that you don’t want it to end until you know everything that happened. Sadly, this mystery is still unsolved so when the credits starts to roll, the first thing I did is try to find as much information about this case to see if they’ve found some new info, but nothing new. Well, this movie came out last year so it’s pretty much the most recent thing you’ll find.
You can only feel bad for this family, it has to be so horrible not knowing if your son is alive or dead. I can only hope that this mystery gets a happy ending as the Amanda Berry, Gina de Jesus and Michelle Knight rescue did. As to the man who acted like Nicolas, I can say so much about him but I don’t want to spoil the big twist so if you see the movie and wants to talk about it, the you can send me a tweet or post a comment here (labeling as SPOILERSSSSSS! yes, with all the S)

Would I recommend this movie?:  In a heartbeat. The movie is so surreal and frakked up that it takes you a while to comprehend that this actually happened. Even if you don’t like documentaries, you’ll love this one. Pinky Promise.

Thumbs up or down?: It’s so good that this is not a thumbs up, it’s both hands up because I need all my fingers to rate this one. Holy Steven Seagal’s pony tail.
I’m sitting here waiting for all your movie suggestions, good or bad, I want them all. You can post it in the comments section below or tweet it out at @Punkyval.
Until next time!



Punky (11 Posts)

An Elvish Timelord from a galaxy far away who do way too many things at the same time. Her love for films, TV shows and video games have transform her an expert procrastinator.