The chase is on as an FBI agent tracks down a man cashing phony checks all over the world. The main plot is creative but it’s the side stories throughout that really makes or breaks the movie depending on how you enjoy them. I like the young Frank’s never quit desire he learns from his dad to do the best he can for his parents, particularly his father. The bond they had was what put an emotion into this movie that later was picked up by the FBI agent. I’ll elaborate on it as we go through the movie.
|Can't dance out of your tax problems.|
|I run in and shoot once or twice?|
|If he were a turtle, he'd be shell-shocked.|
|Boys and their toys am I right?|
|You can't fool your old man.|
|You don't cross Tom Hanks gentlemen.|
|Frank Jr. is this close to soiling himself I'd say.|
|Santa can't save you from me boy!|
The next portion of the movie I wasn’t terribly fond of. Frank Jr. learns that he has become the “Skyway Man” in the newspapers. He is becoming famous for flying free. He decides to become a doctor and then a lawyer all the while he falls for Brenda (Amy Adams). Obviously the young Frank wants something resembling a normal life. As he pretends to be a doctor and lawyer he learns the lingo from watching the corresponding television shows which is silly but funny. He wants to marry Brenda and quit his ways of check fraud. Why not he has countless dollars packed into suitcases at this point. He calls up Carl and asks him to stop chasing him, yeah right. Carl denies him that request naturally and informs Frank Jr. that he will be caught.
Frank Jr. meets with his father to invite him to his wedding. Frank Sr. is complaining about the government saying he made a deal with them to accept a job as a postman to cover the tax situation but they still want more. Frank Jr. desperately tries to coax his father into coming and to bring mom. Frank Jr. still wants the old life back but his father knows it’s in the past now. Frank Sr. is crushed, you see a man who has lost it all. I can’t say enough for Walken’s continued performance in this movie, I admire it. He informs his son he’s proud he has the government on the run for him but he can’t stop now. Frank Jr. conflicted once more heads off not knowing what lies ahead.
Carl catches up to Frank Jr. at his wedding engagement party. Frank Jr. tells Brenda the truth about his life and begs her to come away with him in two days at Miami. She isn’t a bright girl and is very troubled at the reality of the situation. Who could blame her? A random doctor wants to marry her while he’s changing careers to be a lawyer? How odd is that? He leaves out the window, of course, and escapes moments before Carl enters the room. Why not give chase to him then? He can’t be far. It’s obvious he recently escaped out the window! Why is this a “let him get away again” point? Carl is a tedious serious man and suddenly giving up on this trail seems off. The entire segments of the doctor and lawyer deal are iffy. It stretches the previously believable scams to levels I didn’t enjoy as much.
|The French are idiots Carl! Let's go to London!|
Frank Jr. eventually gets completely out of control as he imagines that he is uncatchable and free to do as he pleases around the globe. Frank Jr’s. game comes to an end as he’s thrown into a French prison for awhile. Carl after years of persistence gets Frank Jr. back to the states. It’s on the plane ride he learns that his father had died which tears him apart inside. Your reckless adventures around the world made you lose sight of the people you began to do this for in the first place. He ends up working for the FBI fraud check department, with Carl, for the remainder of his sentence.
It’s a back and forth chase that gets a bit too unrealistic. Now considering this movie is trying to portray a true story you expect it to not venture into such extreme situations so often. The way Frank Jr. always escapes is monotonous. When he finally does to Europe why not just steal “X” amount of dollars, buy a house and live out your life? Or how about taking care of dad, isn’t that what you wanted all along? Why keep going so long, the thrill of the chase? For all the cleverness and ingenuity Frank Jr. had he succumbed to adventures backlash of being caught. I’m surprised the French didn’t kill him when they had the chance. He stole a lot of money. The performances of Tom Hanks and Christopher Walken are what kept me watching. I enjoyed the father-son testament they portrayed to young Frank as he had gone through life so precariously. The side stories flopped a bit but the grand scheme of the check fraud is interesting enough to tie the parts I liked together. The movie really suffers from just being too long.Rating: 8 of 10
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