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The Forger

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1 h 35 min2015X-Ray15
The world's best art forger makes a deal with a crime syndicate to get an early release from prison, but in return he must pull of an impossible heist. He must forge a renowned painting by Claude Monet, steal the original from the museum where it is displayed and replace it with a replica so perfect that no one will notice.
Directors
Philip Martin
Starring
John TravoltaChristopher Plummer
Genres
Action
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English
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Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment
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4.0 out of 5 stars

478 global ratings

  1. 52% of reviews have 5 stars
  2. 15% of reviews have 4 stars
  3. 19% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 5% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 9% of reviews have 1 stars
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DoogalReviewed in the United Kingdom on 08 November 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Better than most
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Having read a lot of the negative reviews about his film, I thought I would try and redress the balance.

Personally my wife and I (both in our dotage and generally intolerant), found it an entertaining and absorbing film, with what we considered to be one of Travolta's most genuine and sensitive performances. I have no intention of providing a blow by blow account of the film, but simply to say ignore the negative responses and buy the film. Most people at least, will not be disappointed.
35 people found this helpful
M-RevReviewed in the United Kingdom on 17 July 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Such a beautiful movie!! John Travolta is a great actor.
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This is a movie about a father, the forger played brilliantly by John Tavolta, whose son is dying, and he has to commit an art crime. Life is bleak and the father is trying to fulfil his son's three wishes disclosed one at a time, the last one being the son allowed to participate in the art crime. Then there is the grandfather, played by Christopher Plummer - grumpy, angry, and yet, in the end, willing to help his son. This is a movie worth seeing for those who like their movies raw and real life - bleak in nearly every way. I can understand the review - this is not for someone who is expecting a Hollywood movie, but for others, it will be rewarding. It reminded me of Manchester-by-the-Sea (with Casey Affleck) - if you liked that, you will enjoy the Forger.
3 people found this helpful
JPFReviewed in the United Kingdom on 05 July 2020
3.0 out of 5 stars
Compelling family crime drama
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It's a while since I've watched this but it still lingers in the mind and deserves a short, positive review. The film struck me as being about real people in real situations and desperate situations calling for desperate measures. It's a good story and avoids sentimentality in spite of its themes.

I've come to the conclusion that any film starring Christopher Plummer raises the performance of the supporting cast. The family dynamics and interpersonal relationships felt authentic and were performed with aplomb. It was a compelling watch and held my interest throughout.

The only super nit pick I could make was that the painting sequences felt a bit hokey where Travoltas 'method' acting sees him regularly stepping back and cocking his head to one side then the other to assess his work ..... which he does ..... a lot.

Other than that this is a suprisingly good film and I'd happily recommend it as something to watch on a rainy afternoon or when you're perhaps in the mood for something more thoughtful.
One person found this helpful
arts guyReviewed in the United Kingdom on 02 February 2016
2.0 out of 5 stars
Trailer Trash do Monet
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It gets a star for the convincing scenes where Travolta paints. Most films about old pictures show paintings totally out of character with the originals or time, painted so incompetently they would be laughed at by a professional. However the idea that he knocks up a copy from a book illustration that is so convincing it fools a museum - in less than a month - is laughable. He spends most of his time fumbling to bond with his terminally ill son and other folk by grunting and frowning and looks as if he is wearing prosthetic make-up (shades of Death Becomes Her). Christopher plumber is quite fun as his crotchety alcoholic dad, but really everyone would get on a lot better if they just talked instead of punching people or reaching for base ball bats when they need something. Weird combination of sting/heist and trailer trash gritty family crime tale. Get the Thomas Crown Affair instead.
2 people found this helpful
OldPCsDontDieReviewed in the United Kingdom on 22 September 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Brilliant
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What a great storyline and actor set. Well worth every minute, wish it was longer, some of the parts could have done with filling out
3 people found this helpful
Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United Kingdom on 06 October 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
The poor reviews are from people who want explosions instead of characters and relationships
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OK, Travolta has had a bit of work, get over that and this film is well worth it. It's not a heist movie, it's a fatherhood movie. As such it is ever so good. (No, I don't care that he made a copy from a small print in a book.)
3 people found this helpful
K. G. A. AlaviReviewed in the United Kingdom on 15 February 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
A bitter sweet but heart warming movie
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I was not expecting to but I really liked this movie. I was planning to sit through an ok movie on my list this turned out to be a heart warming tale of a family reconnecting. This not a action movie but is a great story. John Travolta plays a forger on his last 10 months of his sentence. Calling in a favor from the a local gangster, for early release to reconnect with his son. However no favor comes for free. the gangster has a job for him. With international repercussions. He also becomes the target of an undercover DEA investigation. I was pulling for the and his family to reconcile all the way through the movie. A bitter sweet but heart warming movie. I enjoyed it from beginning to end.
3 people found this helpful
perkoReviewed in the United Kingdom on 16 June 2021
4.0 out of 5 stars
Good solid thriller, if a little predictable
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This rips along nicely and there is a strong cast - great cameo from the ever-watchable Christopher Plummer! Travolta is good as the forging ex-con and Tye Sheridan is very watchable in a difficult role as Travolta's son.
I enjoyed it and have now passed it on so others can too.
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