To be honest, I wasn't so sure what to expect from this flick. I mean, on one hand, it was very well received but, on the other hand, it pretty much sounded like your typical drama based on actual events about a mother looking for her missing son. Still, I expected it to be decent but, to be honest, it was even better than that. Indeed, it was still about a mother looking for her son but Eastwood went way beyond this theme and they ended up with a heartbreaking drama mixed up with a fascinating thriller. Concerning Angelina Jolie, to be honest, I wasn't so sure. I mean, she did a decent job, probably giving one of her best performances, but it was also rather distracting to have this huge star playing this woman because, in my opinion, even though the main character was indeed interesting, I think that what happened around her was even more spellbinding to watch. Eventually, the stars here were actually the very strong script and the expert directing by Eastwood. The same year, he also directed the terribly overrated 'Gran Torino' which would be remembered as the better feature but I think it is a mistake because this movie was easily his best directing effort to come out in 2008. To conclude, don't be fooled by the seemingly pedestrian plot, it is a spellbinding flick and it is definitely worth a look, especially if you are interested by Clint Eastwood's work.