If you’ve ever questioned the thin between fiction and reality you maybe bemused but also mesmerized by Brad Layton’s The Imposter and the UK trailer has arrived at The Peoples Movie’s HQ. It’s been slated as one of the unmissable documentaries of 2012 since it’s premier at the start of this year and every film festival including Edinburgh Film Festival it has been leaving not just the critics but also the film fans lucky enough to see it. In an era when films are dominated by comic book films, re-boots, sequels & prequels the chance to create something highly original is becoming harder every year but Bart Layton has truly created something uniquely original with The Imposter which walks the thin line between true-crime documentary and stylish noir mystery.
The twisting, turning tale begins with an unsettling disappearance – that of Nicholas Barclay, a 13 year-old Texas boy who vanishes without a trace. Three and a half years later, staggering news arrives: the boy has been found, thousands of miles from home in Spain, saying he survived a mind-boggling kidnap ordeal. His family is ecstatic to have him back no matter how strange the circumstances – but things become far stranger once he returns to Texas.
Though the family accepts him, suspicion surrounds the person who claims to be Nicholas. How could the Barclay’s blonde, blue-eyed son have returned with darker skin and eyes? How could his personality and even accent have changed so profoundly? Why does the family not seem to notice the glaring differences? And if this person who has arrived in Texas isn’t the Barclay’s missing child… who on earth is he? And what really happened to Nicholas?
Film documentaries at the UK box office haven’t done well in the past but as the quality of feature films diminish documentaries have been going in the opposite direction, upwards and this film is a perfect reason to make them popular. The Imposter is currently on limited release in USA and will arrive in UK&Ireland 24 August, go see it your will be shocked at how low individuals will stoop too.