"Who is Clark Rockefeller?" is partly about the identity of ClarkRockefeller (Eric McCormack) but also about a mother's will to find herdaughter when Clark kidnaps her.
It plays out very much like a TV crime-solving show. Complete with theirritating music for every scene. The story is pretty interestingstarting with us questioning that there's something not quite rightwith Clark and then the FBI uncovering one of their longest frauds inhistory. Or at least that's what the movie claims. I'm not really surehow much of this is actually "based on a true story".
The acting is decent. I'm a big fan of McCormack from his "Will &Grace" days, but I wish I saw more of his other identities here. SherrySpringfield as the strong, desperate mother and Clark's ex-wife wasquite good. I wish they presented this to me more as a feature film andless like a TV show, but "Who is Clark Rockefeller?" is interestingenough to watch.
Remember Who is Harry Kellerman, And Why is He Saying Those TerribleThings About Me? How about Clark Kent, the mystery guy from Superman?
Clark Rockefeller immediately assumes our interest as we begin to thinkof what this guy is all about. In other words, why and how does hetick?
For sure, he is a mystery man who has assumed an identity linking himto one of the most famous families.
The film is interestingly done, but true to life, it's really hard toconceive that a woman could be taken in like this. Red flags shouldimmediately come up with no identification, no social security card, nointeraction with the Rockefeller family, no picture taking and last butcertainly not least, a Rockefeller bouncing checks! His wife may havehad an MBA from Harvard but she definitely held a doctorate of lifestupidity.
The performances are good, especially that of Eric McCormick as thealias Clark. He certainly assumed a tremendous number of identities inhis unusual life. Murder and mayhem certainly would never beanticipated.
I noticed in the film how quickly his life seemed to unravel. Quickly,despite the fact that his wife was duped for 12 years. This may be aflaw in the film, but it's nicely handled, thanks to the flashbacktechnique.
This real life drama aired on Lifetime the other day for the firsttime. Due to the fact that for many viewers the screen and sound messedup, they were unable to view the whole film. I, however did not havethis problem. I got to see this film from start to finish. The film isbasically about the life off a woman and her young daughter who'shusband/father is a conman who played everybody he was in contact with.The story is intriguing enough and the acting was slightly below par,but still worked for a made for TV film. The real scene stealer is theactor for Clark, but not because of great acting or the intensity ofthe character. Rather his face. You may recognize him as the titlecharacter Will on the long running show Will and Grace.
This movie is nothing to rave about, but it's not as bad as some of themovies that Lifetime has fooled us into seeing, such as Blue Smoke. Thefilm just tends to drag on for the longest time, telling a story thatthe beginning basically sums up for us. So basically you spend an hourand a half, not including commercials, for a very suspenseful ending.That never does happen for the film as the ending feels very rushed andsloppy compared to the rest of the already flawed film.
The man who claims to be Clark Rockefeller was not very convincing as aconman, and if this is how he acted in real life, I must ask, 'What hashappened to common sense'? There are red flags throughout the film thatwould have me read to do a background check on him. Such things likerefusing to have his picture taken whatsoever and while he claims tocome from a well off family, never shows a penny on his part, butrather splurges off his wife. Granted, the story does flow, slowly, butflows nonetheless. Its nothing great, but as stated before, nothorrible. It just floats on a thin surface as an average, forgettablefilm soon to be found in the five dollar bin at your local Wal*Mart.