Changeling Movie (2008)

Changeling (2008): An Unbelievable True Story

A few weeks ago someone asked on a Facebook Group, “Tell me names of movies which have changed you?”. There were a lot of replies and as a girl who is on the lookout of great movies to watch all the time, I took screenshots of all the comments. The movies then immediately were added to my to watch list. One of them was Changeling which I downloaded in my Muharram holidays and watched.


Changeling, just like Argo, is based on a true story. But if the story of Argo was hard to believe the turn of events in this movie are even more shocking. Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) is a single mother who returned form work one day to find her nine year old son Walter (Gattlin Tadd Griffith) missing. She immediately reported to the police and after five months she gets the news that her son has been recovered. What happens next is so unbelievable that you will have to watch the movie to thoroughly grasp it and any more revelation of the plot will kill the surprise element of the movie.

Changeling Movie 2008
Christine Collins Calls The Police When She Finds Her Son Missing After Coming Home From Work



Angelina Jolie is amazing as the grieving mother of the lost child. You feel happy with her when she is happy, sad when she is sad, in fact this movie will take you through all the emotions of the mourning mother through the character of Jolie. The chief of police assigned with the task of finding Jolie’s boy played by Jeffrey Donovan, the suspect Gordon Northcott (Jason Butler Harner), the pastor that helps the mother (John Malkovich) every actor is amazing. Jason Harner has played the psycho path with such finesses that he scares you through his innocence and you actually feel sorry for his fate.

Changeling Movie 2008
Jason Butler Harner is superb as the psychopath Gordon Northcott



The movie is fantastic no doubt as a thriller but since its based on a true story , it drags on a little. The run time of the movie is more than two hours and at times you wished it would have ended a bit sooner because unfortunately true stories drag throughout life but since this was a movie the director could have cut out unnecessary events and just focused on the more important ones. It had the danger of running into the realm of a boring movie had it not been for the unbelievable facts it was based upon. But the good part is that there is no addition of fiction to enhance the “spice”of the movie. This movie is totally based on a true story in the real sense of the term.

Changeling Movie 2008

PG Rating

The movie is super clean and can therefore be watched with anybody.


If you are a thriller and a crime movie fan, Changeling is a movie you don’t want to miss. Additionally, it is the kind of movie that will leave you with goosebumps in the end especially if you have children.

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