The Imposter Reviews
Nicholas was 13 the day he disappeared (June 13, 1994). He would have been 16 and 8 months when he was reported found in Spain (October 7, 1997)... 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.
In a world so big, stories like this often go unnoticed. This is one of those crazy stories that I had no idea existed until I saw this film. This film was a unique blend of documentary and fictitious filmmaking, which I really enjoyed. I don't watch a lot of documentaries, but this was pretty interesting to me. Instead of typical b-roll footage (which would've been difficult given the situation), they kind of reenacted the scene with actors / actresses. It helped smoothen out the narrative and it helped us visualize the story much better. There were so many cool tricks and narrative devices they used that it made this documentary so memorable.
The film was shot and edited very well. It took an interesting event and made it into a compelling story. I was emotionally hooked and shocked on what this film did. It looked great and the different ways they told this story was so interesting. They used different camera methods and ways to visually progress the story. It was a really well composed film and I feel like it does something not all other documentaries have done.
In the end, I highly recommend watching this film. It's available on Netflix and one of the most memorable documentaries I've seen in recent memory.
To make this documentary work, we needed some coabberating evidence that the family was guilty
I just don't get like how there could be sO MUCH incompetence at SO MANY LEVELS. I don't blame the family fooling themselves into believing this kid, I think grief and craziness and true belief can do a loooot of things to a person, but the fact that multiple law enforcement all the way up to interpol people could be SO SO stupid about this!?!? The guys EYES WERE BROWN. He looked so CLEARLY older than he said he was. It was just oVERTTTT i'm there with the private investigator like "no way in hell" upon the first look. Fair enough to get a run around or whatever but the fact their suspicion wasn't at like red alert from day one is just like, jesus, this is why bad things happen.
Number two thing that pissed me off is that fact that this loser is married with three kids. Of course some goddamn woman was like "oh you're an international liar? Let me get some of that." Like, that -on its own- is a mystery story about people tricking themselves into believing somebody is who he isn't. You can bet your ass this dude didn't like reach 40 and then be like "ah I'm done with all that lying." I'm sure this dude is messed up forever, therapy or not.
'The Imposter' tells one of the weirdest stories I've ever heard in my life. But even weirder than the story, is that it's true. With excellent direction and beautiful cinematography not normally seen in a docudrama, 'The Imposter' is gripping from start to finish.
The Imposter perfectly balances the reality of the story with the fiction of film, and it is the result of an outstanding vision applied to an even more impressive true story.