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The Forger (2014)

R  |   |  Crime, Drama, Thriller  |  24 April 2015 (USA)
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A thief works with his father and son to forge a painting by Monet and steal the original. Together, they plan the heist of their lives.

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The world's best art forger (John Travolta) makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull off an impossible heist - he must forge a painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from a museum, and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice. He enlists the help of his father (Christopher Plummer) and son (Tye Sheridan) and together they plan the heist of their lives! Written by Lionsgate

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It's never too late for one last heist.

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Rated R for language and some violence

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Will Cutter: Dad, let's not do this.
Raymond Cutter: Okay.
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The heist isn't all that grand and the connection between characters barely makes it a decent crime drama.
23 April 2015 | by (Indonesia) – See all my reviews

The Forger, despite its suggestive title or poster, is not an action oriented movie. It certainly has a heist element, but it is sparingly used as a set for the more prioritized human drama. Majority of the movie is centered on the relationships between the estranged father and son. While it is pretty heartwarming and the acting seems presentable, the slow pace and lack of suspense might deter some audiences.

Ray Cutter (John Travolta) returns early after his imprisonment to find his father and son are not so welcoming. He tries to fix his relationship with his son as a mafia forces him to forge a painting to settle his debt. To its credit, the parental vibe feels honest. John Travolta himself carries a certain weight, he still produces a hardened grit on-screen persona.

Tye Sheridan as Will, the son, is good as well. His character suffers from a disease and deteriorates throughout the movie. He maintains a distant relationship without being too obnoxious or exaggerated, the audiences will most likely sympathize with this father-son bond. However, the script is flawed, severely hampering the pace and action aspect.

The main concern here is the film moves too slow, almost two third of it is invested on the drama, at some points it drags longer than needed. It can be tedious sometimes even though the actors' attempt is admirable. What little else it focuses on crime is not convincing. John Travolta's appearance with the hair (or wig) and goatee is rather inorganic and it's implausible for him to dispatch a group of thugs. Action choreography and the heist factor are executed with the most basic technique.

Visual is just decent, aside from a few vista shots here and there, the movie isn't particularly breathtaking. The Forger is far from spectacular and while the drama isn't terribly bad, the film is still confined on mediocrity.


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