Watched Apr 27, 2012
Peter Chu’s review:
The Imposter wouldn't work as a fiction film for this basic reason: No one would have believed that it's true. The story is so bizarre that it borders on absurdity. It has so many twists that you are thinking this has to be written.
Weaving between actors re-enacting scenes with talking heads interviews, director Bart Layton brilliantly constructed a story of a con artist from Spain pretending to be a missing kid from San Antonio. I am not spoiling anything here, as the film makes it clear in the first 5 minutes. What happens afterwards is truly unbelievable. At times the movie reminds me of The Talented Mr Ripley mix with The Arbor.
Layton perhaps adapts the skills from Errol Morris, uses score effectively as it set the mood for the entire film. While Morris tend to go overboard with the musical score, Imposter's musical score is effective without being distracting.
It's rare to find a film that hooks me immediately, and rarer to find a film that stays with me long afterwards. The Imposter is first class mystery thriller that Hollywood can't dream of making.
Very Highly recommended.