Who Is Clark Rockefeller? reviewed by Koutchboom
I know right?
Yes, Koutchboom done gone and did it! He watched the world wide premiere of a Lifetime movie! I know this mainly because that little thing in the corner took up about ¼ of the screen letting me know that….the whole fucking movie. I don’t understand the need for companies to leave shit like that up at all anymore in the age of the INFO button let alone the WHOLE FUCKING MOVIE. Luckily this movie was not as bad as the last World Premiere lifetime event I attended (America starring Rosie O’Donnell).
To be fair its not a half bad little thriller. Based on the real life story of course of one Clark Rockefeller who pretended to be a Rockefeller and was married to a rich lawyer for 12 years who never once questioned anything he did. They had a child together and he tries to run off with her after they get divorced.
The movie starts with the kidnapping. From there on out it becomes a standard procedural while showing us glimpses into Clark’s life, including his possible violent past. All in all it comes off as just another cold case/law and order/csi whatever the fuck cop shows you kids watch these days sort of deal.
I think the biggest set back this movie had was that it is a Lifetime film so of course it is a women dealing with an abusive husband film instead of focusing on the real interesting story here, Clark Rockerfeller. His backstory and history could have made for one fascinating bio pick. Another sad thing is that Will & Grace star Eric McCormack does a great job as the illusive Clark Rockerfeller. When ever the movie was about him and how he got a job at the pentagon, or as a cardiovascular surgeon I was very intrigued and engaged in the film. The film only wants to skim over those topics unfortunately.
For the most part we spend a majority of the movie with Clark, thats not saying that E.R. alumni Sherry Stringfield is terrible or bad she’s just not half as interesting as Clark. Also the forced abused women story felt cheap, sure Clark was mentally and emotionally abusing her but they were married for 12 years and they should have shown more of those happy times rather then just jumping right into the crazy times. He is not a bad father just a little eccentric so when they make him just seem crazy and that he has a mean streak in him about half way you know they are just setting it up to make the mother the hero. I’m not saying this is wrong at all, just that it was obvious and typical Lifetime.
So if you have read about Clark Rockefeller on the internet and are interested in him this movie isn’t a bad time waster, I really would like to know how he pulled off getting a job as a scientist working for the military. So maybe one day we will get a proper Bio movie about him.
Here is the trailer since none of you probably know what the hell this movie is: