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The Forger - John Travolta Heist Movie Doesn't Work

Matthew Parkinson | 26 Apr 2015 12:00
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The Forger is a bad movie from start to finish that feels like it takes forever to get where it wants to go and provides you with absolutely nothing to take from it.

I feel like John Travolta is going to be thrown under the bus for The Forger, and I get why. He's not good here. His dramatic scenes with a better Tye Sheridan make you wonder how he was ever given an acting job, and then we also have to believe him as a (1) painter, (2) tough guy, and (3) Ocean's-style heist planner. I couldn't buy into him as any of those things. But he was miscast. Travolta probably couldn't have turned in a good performance and worked in this role. He's just not right for it.

About the only positive in the film comes in the form of Christopher Plummer, here playing the father to John Travolta's character and the grandfather to the one played by Tye Sheridan. His banter with both of his co-stars is a treat. In fact, the only time The Forger truly comes alive - or even becomes entertaining - is when Plummer is on-screen. Take Travolta's character out of the picture altogether, make the film about Plummer and Sheridan's characters pulling off a heist together, and you've likely got something far more enjoyable.

With fewer thrills and less emotional investment than your typical Boston Red Sox game, The Forger is a bad movie from start to finish that feels like it takes forever to get where it wants to go and provides you with absolutely nothing to take from it. It's bland, boring, and a waste of time. John Travolta is horrible and miscast in the lead role. Christopher Plummer and Tye Sheridan fair better, and the film only really starts to work when Plummer is on-screen. He's a delight. The rest of the movie? Calling it a delight would be a deceit.

Bottom Line: The Forger is a boring heist movie whose competing stories take time away from each other, leaving each barren and shallow.

Recommendation: I can't think of any reason why anyone should see The Forger.

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