The Son (El Hijo) [2019] ★★

In this half decent Argentinian Netflix thriller, a man becomes convinced that his wife has switched their newborn baby. We don’t know why or how, but we play along, even when our man drowns in a sea of paranoia and confusion. It’s an intriguing idea that sadly doesn’t live up to its full potential. The film does a fine job at keeping you on your toes, but an abrupt ending left me with so many unanswered questions. Of course, open-ended conclusions are something that would encourage a discussion, long after the credits start rolling, but in the case of “The Son”, perhaps a much more cohesive finale would have been more appropriate. Still, the movie isn’t a complete waste of time and has some good ideas here and there. Too bad it doesn’t gel together to create something memorable.

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