Friday, November 23, 2012

The Forger (2012)

Number Rolled: 5
Movie Name/Year: The Forger (2012)
Genre: Drama
Length: 93 minutes
Rating: PG-13
Director: Lawrence Roeck
Writer: Carlos De Los Rios
Actors: Josh Hutcherson, Hayden Panettiere, Lauren Bacall, Alfred Molina, Tricia Helfer, Dina Eastwood, Adam Godley, Scott Eastwood, Billy Boyd, Kim Myers, Jansen Panettiere, Kean Matthams

I don’t always agree with the genre Netflix uses, but this time they were not fucking around with the term “drama.” There might have been two or three giggles I had throughout the movie, but the rest of it absolutely broke my heart.

An abused boy is abandoned by his mother and does his best to survive without a home. He breaks into a house and, because of his extreme talent in painting, is taken in by the person that owns the house. Though, it’s not out of the kindness of his heart. The man proceeds to use the boy in a forgery scheme and things just kind of snowball from there.

I enjoyed the movie. I was completely engulfed by it. There were a few under-utilized red herrings that could have added a greater depth to the story in some cases, but the argument to that is that it could have made the movie that much more predictable.

The last fifteen minutes of the movie was mostly amazing. The use of lighting to allow you to visualize an aspect of art that was discussed earlier in the film worked to heighten the suspense of that climax. It was a great twist on what could have been a mediocre ending; it also made so much sense with the spirit of the film. However, the very last three minutes of the move, or there-about, I could have done without. It got a little sappy and juvenile in a film that was anything but.

One issue, why in the hell would people not lock their doors?

Overall Opinion – 4/5

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