Catch Me If You Can

2002

Action / Biography / Crime / Drama

625
Rotten Tomatoes Critics - Certified Fresh 96%
Rotten Tomatoes Audience - Upright 89%
IMDb Rating 8.1 10 655806

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Leonardo DiCaprio as Frank Abagnale Jr.
Tom Hanks as Carl Hanratty
Amy Adams as Brenda Strong
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Reviewed by dinkaxd 9 / 10

A wonderful storyline & the cast

Catch me if you can is the best example of how a great film should be made. The famous director, Steven Spielberg worked hard to do this film unpredictable and to create very interesting plot twists. The film centres on a big lie. We can see a 19 years old boy, Frank Abagnale, his father, the other Frank Abagnale and the FBI agent Carl Hanratty. The story centres on the counterfeiting checks by Frank Abagnale Jr. and on the persecution of Frank with the FBI, and especially Carl Hanratty.

The film begins as Frank parents get divorced. From his father, Frank gets his first 25$ in his checking account. He starts to fake checks because his main goal is to get his parents back together and return his father's money. The film reaches a turning point when police starts to chase him. As the story progresses he begins to change the way he fakes money and becomes a doctor to hide from the FBI agent Carl Hanratty. But the police find his number and Carl phones him. Between them there is an interesting conversation and soon after that Frank was caught by the FBI.

For many people this film became one of the favorites and I know why. The plot is amazing and completely unpredictable. The actors are famous and they were selected professionally. Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks perfectly played their characters. The film definitely succeeded, we can see that because this film has now become a classic. I can't see any bad things about this film. Maybe there were a few special effects, but I think drama and crime films don't need that many special effects.

Whatever you like or dislike crime films, you will enjoy this one because of it's storyline. I would recommend this film to anyone who like strong films where there are many great moments where you feel suspense. And I would recommend this film to girls who like Leonardo DiCaprio (he is so young and beautiful in this film).

Reviewed by cinemajesty 10 / 10

Hopelessly Romantic Masterpiece

Movie Review: "Catch Me If You Can" (2002)

Legendary Hollywood new-deal studio "DreamWorks" distributes solely this contemporary tragic-comedy with screw-balling crime-thriller elements in best Alfred Hitchcock directed "North by Northwest" (1959) manners under high-pitching director Steven Spielberg at the top of his game by letting 27-year-old Leonardo DiCaprio collide with dramatic-stability-bringing supporting actor Tom Hanks in collaboration for the 2nd time after "Saving Private Ryan" (1998), when this masterful-shot 1960s-indulging motion picture delivers high-class, dreamy Hollywood entertainment based on a biopic-dramatized life-story of Frank W. Abagnale Jr.'s book from 1980.

Acting, directing and production values from cinematography by faithful Spielberg collaborator Janusz Kaminski in never-seen before massive in-auditorium crane-in shot, when Leonardo DiCaprio's witnesses a wonder-struck "007: Goldfinger" screening at a movie house in1964; and an instant-classic score by composer John Williams open with out-of-the-ordinary pre-picture-story opening sequence with 2D animations, on tips of further homage-sharing legendary graphic designer Saul Bass-inspirations by Agnés Fauve in pain-staking detail and timing to set the relentless executive tone of motion picture fireworks with Steven Spielberg's interpretations of Frank Abagnale's life on-the-run by coming through life with local to federal felonies, forged checks and constantly-improvised live-action, on-the-spot acting-stunts to impose as co-pilot in an cockpit's airplanye, a decorated doctor fouling medical colleagues and a licensed lawyer speeches in front of a judge to engage in sweet-romantic scenes featuring adventure-loving females, actresses cameos by Elizabeth Banks and Ellen Pompeo, known for her leading role in tv series "Grey's Anatomy" (2005-2018) plus mesmerizing portrayals by blue-chip call-girl-playing Jennifer Garner and 21-year-old newcoming actress Amy Adams as timid nurse trainee to schoolgirl daughter of a rich man alike down-to-her-beats to faithful-American-Dad-playing Martin Sheen and last but not least the Academy-Award-nominated role by Christopher Walken as Frank's father, who gives "Catch Me If You Can" the flavor of a remarkably-morale as positive picture to non-stop entertainment factors for the whole family.

This stand-out, purist entertainment movie marks together with science-fiction-thriller "Minority Report" starring Tom Cruise, released in the same year of 2002 the very best pictures, which had been produced under Steven Spielberg's too-short-lived vision, alongside with enterprising partners Jeff Katzenberg and David Geffen in their Major Hollywood studio-contender DreamWorks Pictures LLC, which in 2005 had to gain collaboration gears with the Big Five of Hollywood to prevail a continuous motion-picture quality label accompanied with Spielberg's home-base production company Amblin Entertainment, Inc starting with "E.T. The Extra-terrestrial" in season 1981/1982.

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Reviewed by Dr Jacques COULARDEAU 10 / 10

Hackers from all over the world unite!

A funny film about a faultless fraud, a perfect forger who manipulated bank checks and stole a real fortune in the 60s when he was not even out of high school and at the same time he impersonated all types of professions, pilot, doctor, lawyer, and many others all around the world, or nearly, and he ended up in prison in Atlanta for twelve years in total isolation. And yet the FBI who finally caught him in France got him out of the prison in which they had locked him up, because he was the best-qualified forger on the market and they needed him to catch as many of these forgers who were myriads and legions in those years when the two ways to pay for anything was either cash or a check.

Very entertaining in a way though of course, the depth of the story is that you better be a good forger because then you will have a beautiful career in the FBI. The more advanced cases of fraud today is no longer forgers of checks but hackers. The best of these hackers are recruited to work for all kinds of security services, both public and private. It is good to be reminded at times that the worst frauds and the best forgers of anything, hackers or Internet fraud-artists, are often working for the CIA, the FBI, Homeland Security or the big corporation like Apple, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook.

And with Artificial Intelligence it becomes ever easier to set up a scam of any sort that can access millions of computers in the world and create chaos here or there. At the same time, it is often a lot easier to counter such actions with Artificial Intelligence too. The attack from the USA against the nuclear centrifuges in Iran some years ago was identified and blocked by other hackers and AI specialists from Belarus, California and a couple more places.

That should make us think twice before launching any propaganda against such frauds, actions, cyberwar acts, because if a digital system is attacked, it's because its security is underdeveloped, or if a social network is used to spread fake news or whatever rumors to influence public opinion here or there, it cannot be stopped nor prevented except with censorship, and even so there is always a way to go around this censorship and reach a disturbing objective here and there, in any country you can think of. Cybercrime and cyberwar are the prices we have to pay for cyberspace and cyber communication. It is better to build some efficient defense than to cry, yell and scream because after a while no one believes there is a fire in the house or there is a wolf in the poultry yard.

Dr. Jacques COULARDEAU

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Society as a factory of criminals By Dr Jacques COULARDEAU on March 31, 2003

In this film Steven Spielberg wants to entertain us with a simple plot, a simple situation, a great chase around the world. He wants to entertain us with two characters who are highly attractive. The young man who becomes a criminal because his father is harrassed by the IRS and whose wife is stolen away by his best friend can easily become a symbol of fighting back, resilience, rebellion, intelligence against a system that tries to crush all those who may be antisocial, or just appear to be antisocial. The second character of the cop who is chasing this young man is just as attractive.

Divorced, having lost wife and daughter, abandoned and isolated in his personal life, living the life of a hermit, of a monk of the law against crime, he easily becomes a father substitute to the young man and chases him with real paternal care and even maybe love. This relation between the criminal and the cop is amazingly reassuring. The young criminal becomes a hero because he attacks the economic system and is more intelligent than the businessmen and CEOs of this system.

The cop becomes a hero because he is not viciously chasing a criminal he is ready to kill if necessary, but he chases him to protect him against his own desire to fool the system, and to give him the opportunity to really become « social » by using his talent and his intelligence against the criminals who attack the system. This will lead me to the conclusion on this point : this film is in a way a denunciation of the economic and political system that tries to destroy its opponents by all means available, including in their private life, due to a total lack of ethics on the side of the proponents of this system.

Why does our system produce such a phenomenal highjacking of intelligence into crime ? But the film also has another interest. Leonardo Di Caprio reveals himself as able to impersonate many characters and personalities in this film and this is the proof that he is improving and developing. He is able to become, in the near future, a good and even great actor, provided his body and face are put aside and his acting talent is emphasized. That is all the more important because he is getting old and will no longer be able to play the handsome and lovable teenagers he has played so often. He is entering the real profession : he is enabled by this film to show that he can act with his soul and not only with his body.

Dr Jacques COULARDEAU, University of Perpignan

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