Based on the true story of Forrest Tucker, a 70-year-old man manages to complete multiple bank heists, shocking many people around the world as well as the police who are trying to hunt him down. The year is 1981.
Forrest (Robert Redford) is a rather charming character. For a bank robber, during robberies, he smiles and stays somewhat positive. He will even complement the staff while stealing money! He also never yells at the bank tellers and escapes the crime scene feeling rather calm and joyful as if he’s just been on a fast ride.
After completing another successful bank heist, Forrest pulls his car over to the side of the highway and meets Jewel (Sissy Spacek) who is having car trouble. Needless to say with a bit charm from Forrest, the two soon develop a new close friend. Can Forrest tell Jewel the truth about who he is?
While Forest continues to rob, police officer John Hunt (Casey Affleck) is hot on the case, shocked and surprised at Forrest’s history of robbing banks.
For those who are not aware, this film has been announced as the final film for Robert Redford. The actor has stated in the past that he wanted to retire by going out with a fun movie. The film also pays tribute to the actor’s past performances throughout, so be sure to pay attention to these minor references.
As a story, it is very light hard-hearted, and like Robert Redford as an actor, the film is charming. Our film is set in the early ’80s, and thankfully the director has shot this film to look like it could be an old-school flick and not something that has been brought out in cinemas for 2018 with super bright high resolution. The film has a soundtrack of light jazz and percussion which also works a real treat for the film’s tone.
Overall, I found The Old Man & the Gun is an excellent film for the legendary actor Robert Redford to wrap up his acting career. It’s a light-hearted and charming story which kept my interest rather high (in particular during the film’s 3rd act). I also enjoyed the film’s tone, look and sound which paid high tribute to classic 80’s cinema. It’s naturally refreshing.
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Review Written by Peter Walkden