The Imposter is a true crime documentary that focuses on the disappearance of Nicholas Barclay from Texas in 1994 and his mysterious reappearance in Spain in 1997. The documentary features drama sequences narrated by the interviews of Barclay’s family as well as, ‘The Imposter.’ I won’t count this as a spoiler since they tell you this in the first five minutes of the film; the person the Barclay’s get back from Spain is not Nicholas. He is an imposter, and interestingly enough, the film is told from his perspective. We get a full run down of exactly how he did things, and why.
The film is expertly done, with the drama sequence being beautifully shot, and perfectly narrated by the interviews. There are twists and turns throughout the narrative, and it only gets more interesting as it goes on. This documentary has received a lot of praise, and it is all well deserved, despite some tricky ways it handles the delivery of information. Overall, The Imposter is a great, thrilling documentary that makes you say ‘What the fuck’ more than a few times.
Final Verdict: 3.5/5