Remember The Imposter?
That 2012 documentary told the story of Nicholas Barclay, a kid who went missing one day in Texas only to reappear years later in Spain, claiming to have been kidnapped and sold into sexual slavery. Sure, this new version of Nicholas Barclay didn't look anything like the teenager who'd disappeared years prior, and yeah, maybe he couldn't keep his story straight ... but it had to be him, right? I mean, really - who would lie about a thing like that?
Well, getting to the bottom of that question is what made Bart Layton's The Imposter such a memorable ride, and I'm pleased to report that Layton's latest film - American Animals, arriving June 1st - tells a similarly unbelievable tale.
Check this out:
I caught American Animals over the weekend, and lemme tell ya: Layton's hit another homerun here. I had a blast with this movie, which tells a story so wildly difficult to believe that you may not be sure how to feel about it once it wraps. Like The Imposter, American Animals features input from the actual people involved in the case (some of whom may not be reliable narrators); unlike The Imposter, it's less a documentary and more a straight-up feature film. It's just a helluva watch, and I think the BMD crowd's gonna dig the hell out of it.
Here's an official plot synopsis:
"The extraordinary and thrilling true story of four friends (Evan Peters, Barry Keoghan, Blake Jenner, and Jared Abrahamson) living an ordinary existence who brazenly attempt to execute one of the most audacious art heists in US history. But not everything is as it seems, and as the daring theft unfolds through each of their perspectives, each of them start to question whether their attempts to inject excitement and purpose into their lives is simply a misguided attempt at achieving the American Dream."
Aaand here's a poster:
I'm reluctant to say anything further about the film until more of you have had a chance to see it (do yourselves a favor: don't go Googling for information on this case; save that for after you've seen the movie). For now, just know that American Animals is a lot of fun, and that you should make a point to seek it out when it arrives on June 1st via The Orchard.
Stay tuned for more on this one as it becomes available.