The Forger (a movie review)

This is a bittersweet father and son heist film. John Travolta plays an art forger who is imprisoned for four years. To get out sooner, he makes a deal with an outside well-connected criminal, who pays off a crooked judge to release Travolta’s character, Ray Cutter, nine months before he finishes his prison term. Not too much later, the viewer is shown that Ray Cutter has a teenage son, played by Tye Sheridan, who has cancer. Ray’s father, played by Christopher Plummer, has been taking care of Ray’s son while Ray has been in prison. Now that Ray is out of prison, he is indebted to the criminal who arranged for his early release. The payment is for Ray to steal a painting by Claude Monet and replace it with a forgery. Then things start getting interesting. Continue reading

Run All Night (a movie review)

The movie’s first scene made me think one of the main characters is dying. Then the story rolls back to several days that precede this dramatic beginning.

As an action movie, Run All Night has the right formula with exciting fight and flight scenes. The body count is high and the car and foot chases are somewhat intense. Liam Neeson and Ed Harris both play a father, each of whom has a son. Both of their sons intersect each other’s paths one night, triggering certain events that result in the two fathers becoming sworn enemies. Singer/actor Common plays an assassin, who joins the group in the movie’s second half. Continue reading