Review By Jesus Figueroa

A lie never went so far as the documentary “The Imposter” took it. As a family wonders what happened to their 13 year old son missing for about 3 years, a drifter wanting nothing more than to be in a foster home instead of prison calls from Spain to pretending to be their son Nicholas. Going from pretending to be Nicholas to fully taking on the personality captivates the audience. A short back story brought to light the dramatic situation this con-artist pounced on to keep himself out of prison. A disappearance that happened without leaving even a trace to follow.

The story is put out in sections as the con-artist begins to explain how difficult it was to become a person he never even met. Anxiety intensified as the moment of truth came closer. His sister flies out from San Antonio, Texas to Spain to retrieve her lost brother. Knowing he would be in enormous trouble if he is caught he finds himself face to face with Nicholas’s sister. She  was convinced from first sight it was her brother. He looked different but she was convinced it was him growing up. There was no way to stop him from going to the U.S. as he held his act and was able to maneuver his way through everyone’s test. It’s terrifying how intricate things get, how simple the act seemed, how everyone was fooled. Sometimes you just want to put something to rest so much that a lie becomes the truth. The fiction was more pleasant than the truth and this sham seemed to be more enjoyable for all. Dramatizing each step of the process as the interviews told the story of all this horrific act. The documentary goes through twist and turns to points where even the new Nicholas gets suspicious. The conclusion of the story is as bizarre as how it all began.

I give this 5 out of 5 Popcorn. This story is so incredible it could have never come from the minds of script writers in Hollywood. It is a must watch documentary that keep audiences engulfed in this strange real life case. On DVD Jan. 22, 2013.