John Travolta is a fine actor. His repertoire includes musicals, drama, comedy, Broadway and even television. He is a wonderful human being, who has help hundreds of people all over the world with successful and workable solutions. His latest DVD/Blu-Ray release is The Forger. Travolta surrounds himself with a stellar cast, crew and storyline.
Directed modestly by Philip Martin and filmed in Boston, he sketches a heartfelt movie, unlike the usual tough-guy action smash hit. Sure. The story has bad guys, who are gritty and creepy, but the three main characters face something even more vital. The real story is about relationships and family. They come face to face with each other resolving issues that are hard to confront. It is almost agonizing because they have their own grit and ugliness to conquer.
Travolta’s tour de force performance is like a rare painting that captures you like watching the layers of colors come to life. He plays a father named Raymond Cutter. His son, played honestly by Tye Sheridan, has an unsolvable situation, which carries the story to the end. The ever so talented Christopher Plummer plays Will’s grandfather.
Like a tight spring, all three gradually come to terms as their relationships come undone and are redefined. They face the issues and decide the next best thing to do is a museum heist because it is an adventure where everybody wins. Sure. There are bad guys and cops, but if they pull it off – what a great prize. Not just because they might get caught. It’s because they want to be a team, a unit, a family.
Watching Plummer play the comic relief cannot go unwatched. His scenes alone are good reasons to see the movie. Such talent as Plummer opens a bottle of beer, dupes a security guard, tricks a gangster and then dances on an exotic island.
Martin’s action scenes are so simple and unpretentious. What a joy to see a story unfold without a lot of violence and expletive words. The most violent scene is when Travolta’s character uses a baseball bat and backlashes at three thugs. Martin filmed the entire scene as a master shot from start to finish without insert or harsh cutaways. It is hilarious. Did I mention there is comedy in this drama?
I don’t want to give away too much of the storyline. The ending is a little empty, but it is truthful. I don’t think I could have thought of a better way to end a story about a family with a problem that is unsolvable.