The Imposter is a thrilling, captivating, and intriguing film that will leave you feeling uneasy and slightly conned.

In 1994 a 13-year-old boy disappears without a trace from San Antonio, Texas. Three and a half years later he is found alive, thousands of miles away in a village in southern Spain with a story of kidnap and torture. His family is overjoyed to bring him home. But all is not quite as it seems. The boy bears many of the same distinguishing marks he always had, but why does he now have a strange accent? Why does he look so different? And why doesn’t the family seem to notice these glaring inconsistencies? It’s only when an investigator starts asking questions that this strange tale takes an even stranger turn… — (C) Indomina

The Imposter grips you with suspense from start to finish. The documentary is a psychological thriller, family drama, and true crime story all rolled into one. The pacing runs like a textbook mystery crime thriller. It starts with a simple premise that gets stranger as more revelations come into light. Then things get a more darker turn and finishes with more questions rather than answers.

This story is so strange that it feels like an elaborate fake, and some moments in the film does make you feel like you’re being conned. Like in any mystery crime thriller, you have that one person who serendipitously spots something wrong but nobody believes him. Nobody in the shelter questioned Frederick when he dyed his hair and got tattoos before the missing kid’s sister arrived. The grainy camera footage looks convincingly manufactured.

Yet Frederick Bourdin is real. The film draws upon the fallibility of human nature, leaving you uneasy and a bit more cynical. It’s more concerned in highlighting the strange and creepy aspects of the story rather than the missing boy, doesn’t have a clear message, and ends in ambiguity, but delivers its purpose exceptionally well.

My Rating: 8/10

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