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The Chameleon (2010)

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An FBI Agent is hot on the tracks of Frédéric Fortin who has taken up the identity of a woman's long lost son, completely convincing the police and the boy's family of his identity.

Director:

Jean-Paul Salomé

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Marc-André Grondin ... Frederic Fortin / Nicholas Marc Randall
Famke Janssen ... Jennifer Johnson
Ellen Barkin ... Kimberly Miller
Emilie de Ravin ... Kathy Jansen
Tory Kittles ... Dan Price
Brian Geraghty ... Brian Jansen
Nick Stahl ... Brendan Kerrigan
James DuMont ... B.R.P.D. Cop A
Ritchie Montgomery ... Diner Owner (as Ritchie Montgomerey)
Lance E. Nichols ... FBI Doctor (as Lance Nichols)
Estelle Larrivaz Estelle Larrivaz ... Female Gendarme
Xavier Beauvois ... Gendarme
Lindsay Soileau Lindsay Soileau ... Girl #1 (as Lindsey Soileau)
Katy Peppard Katy Peppard ... Girl #2 (as Katy Preppard)
Nick Chinlund ... Mitch
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Storyline

Based on a true story, this film looks at what happens when a serial impostor in Europe passes himself off as a missing boy from Texas. The missing boy's family welcomes him as their son, but the FBI quickly realizes something is amiss. Does the family's eagerness to accept the impostor mean they are just happy to have their loved one back, or are they trying to hide a more sinister event - perhaps what happened to their boy? But even more - who is this impostor who has talked his way into the United States and a family's home? Written by Meredith P.

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You can't die twice. See more »

Genres:

Biography | Crime | Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for language, brief drug use and nudity | See all certifications »

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Country:

Canada | France | USA

Language:

English | French | Spanish

Release Date:

10 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le caméléon See more »

Filming Locations:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA See more »

Company Credits

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The story of the Chameleon was covered in The Dollop. A weekly podcast hosted by Dave Anthony and Gareth Reynolds. Each week one topic from American history is discussed at length. See more »

Goofs

(at around 33 mins) Brendan Kerrigan (Nick Stahl) is driving a burgundy colored Camaro with a spoiler on the trunk, and (at around 18 mins) he is clearly driving a burgundy colored Trans Am with no spoiler. See more »

Quotes

Frédéric Fortin: Me? Calling you? In your dreams, maybe.
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Connections

Version of The Imposter (2012) See more »

Soundtracks

Under My Skin
Written and performed by David Henzerling
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Not interesting. Flawed in almost all accounts.
30 November 2013 | by Rodrigo_AmaroSee all my reviews

When the fiction is more unsatisfying than the real life, then you're in a big trouble. "The Chameleon" is a weak film because it fails to generate interest in a real life story that has all the elements that could make into a great project. The director made questions he couldn't answer and we couldn't figure out possible reasons for all what happened in the events surrounding a young French (Marc-André Grondin) who claims to be the disappeared son of a poor American family, "returning" to his home after being kidnapped and taken to Europe. The problem is that it's obvious that some members of the family know that this French accented guy can't be Nicky, but they continue with this game until an FBI agent (Famke Janssen) get suspicious about this sudden reappearance.

Its cheap insistence in creating a mystery bigger than the one existing just doesn't work, with the skeletons in the family's closet with people who knew about the kid's real fate, like his older brother (Nick Stahl). And we are easily bothered by the lack of choices, lack of ways for the story to move in a proper manner. A movie like this can't dwell in the psychology involving the main character, therefore we'll never understand the reasoning behind the boy's staying with people who don't care about him. Why the hell he'd trade his erroneous life in France by shooting in the dark with a strange and careless American family, or why he didn't run away from this family he adopted, a bunch of people who wouldn't provide for him with anything? He's not getting much by staying there, no indicative that he's winning something.

The cast tries a little bit harder than what the script can offer to them make something worthy of our attention. Grondin is a fine actor as evidenced in "C.R.A.Z.Y." but here there's only glimpses of that actor, his duality of angelical innocence with some darker traits is relatively good; Janssen was pretty decent and the more her character progress the more we like her, same goes with Emile De Ravin and Brian Geraghty, doing their best; Ellen Barkin was distractive while trying to be exceptional as the mother.

As a drama, it's not as compelling as the plot sounds and could be; as a thriller is just dull and worthless. Bits of decent acting aren't enough to make it tolerable or watchable. 4/10


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