The Forger

The Forger

For those who like a little Kids with Cancer with their heist movies, John Travolta’s latest may be for you.

Travolta plays Raymond Cutter, a skilled art forger who, upon learning that his teenage son is terminally ill, begs his old crime boss to pull some strings to get him released from prison with only months left to go on his sentence. Of course, nothing’s free in these kinds of movies and his boos wants something in return: forge me a Monet and steal me the real one. Not an easy task under the best of times but even harder when you’re trying to bond with your estranged sick son and your estranged Dad at the same time.

I had a short conversation with Khalid from The Blazing Reel last week about Travolta’s many questionable choices but I was amazed when watching The Forger how bad things really have gotten for him. I’m amazed that this wasn’t a straight-to DVD release. As I implied in my opening paragraph, the pairing of the sick kid family drama and caper picture feels awkward and a little crass. Travolta, as well as Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan (who play Travolta’s father and son), really seem to be trying but the family drama really doesn’t give them much to work with. Cutter spends most of his bonding time with his son by taking him to see a prostitute and teaching him to forge paintings. The father-son story takes up so much of the film’s running time that little time is left over for the planning and execution of the heist itself, which is pretty much rushed through at the end.

Still, I can’t claim indifference. I found myself wanting things to work out for these three characters. Knowing that Travolta himself has lost a son made it impossible for me to write off the story as completely trite. Unfortunately, there’s just not a single new twist or idea to be found in this movie that tries to be two movies without delivering on either one.

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21 thoughts on “The Forger

    1. mattasshole Post author

      It probably isn’t. I actively avoided Killing Season based on the accent I heard him doing in the trailer. As Fragglerocking said, he’s really lost his way.

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  1. killkenny16

    It speaks volumes that I learnt about this movie’s existence the way I did: Literally thirty seconds ago, when I read this blog post.

    I think I’m going to need to watch this one, though. John Travolta’s awesomely terrible wig compels me.

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  2. Christopher

    When I read “the pairing of the sick kid family drama and caper picture” I think, that’s a concept with no middle ground. It’s either going to be horrible or amazing. Honestly it sounds like a blend of Mrs. Doubtfire and Sexy Beast. Or My Sister’s Keeper and Snatch. It seems like an idea with so much promise, but only in the very best hands, and the cast alone makes me think, failure. The one thing I find believable is that Travolta’s been in the hoosegow so long he really believe soul patches are still cool.

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    1. mattasshole Post author

      Hilarious comparisons but honestly the crime drama element here isn’t nearly as edgy as the ones you mentioned. You’re right about My Sister’s Keeper though. It’s more like My Sisters Keeper meets National Treasure 2.

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