The Changeling (AKA "The Exchange")
Based on a true story from Los Angeles, circa 1928, Christine Collins (Angelina Jolie) is a hard-working single mother whose nine-year-old son Walter is kidnapped. Months pass before the corruption-embattled LAPD delivers to Christine an imposter child three inches shorter than Walter, and circumcised. Christine's vocal protestations about the boy's identity are met with impunity by police Captain J.J. Jones (well played by Jeffrey Donovan – TV’s “Burn Notice”) who has Christine institutionalized in a psychiatric ward while local radio talk show Presbyterian minister Rev. Gustav Briegleb (John Malkovich) jumps to her defense. Apart from a flashing neon light coda that extends the film 10 minutes too far, Eastwood's drama is an engrossing drama with a keen line of social commentary.
(Universal) Rated R. 141 mins. (B+)