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Reviews » Theatrical Reviews » Catch Me If You Can
Catch Me If You Can
Dreamworks // PG-13 // December 25, 2002
Review by Todd Siechen | posted December 19, 2002 | E-mail the Author
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Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg are back together again along with Leonardo DeCaprio in the film "Catch Me If You Can". Based on the true story of Frank Abagnale Jr., the Con man turned FBI expert who swindled millions of dollars by successfully posing as an airline pilot, a doctor, and a lawyer all before his 19th birthday. This guy sees the world around him in a very different way than most people do - and he uses it to his advantage in very creative and assertive ways. This is a very different film than Spielberg normally gives us, but I applaud his genius at delivering a rousing and adventurous ride along with our characters as they play hide and seek around the world.

Frank Abignale Sr. (played brilliantly by Christopher Walken) is a small business owner and shrewd business man who is having trouble with the IRS. His son Frank Jr. (Leonardo DeCaprio) is always watching closely to how his father conducts business and deals with banks and other business associates. Frank has a gift for manipulating situations to his advantage by using image and perception. Frank Jr. comes home to find his mother has cheated on Frank Sr. which leads to a divorce and Frank Jr. running away to begin his adventure in the art of the con and forgery which bring him a great deal of money and attention. We then are introduced to the determined but humorless FBI agent Carl Hanratty (The amazing Tom Hanks), who is assigned to track down and catch Frank Abagnale. The two of them lead us on a cat and mouse chase loaded with fun and trickery. But don't mistake this for a comedy. This film has a lot to offer the audience who pays attention to the subtleties. The relationships and characters are very well developed not to mention interesting and heart-warming.

Summary: The film is based on the autobiographical book by Frank W. Abagnale Jr. and at the end of the film you will find out where he is today and just what he is doing. This film will make a fantastic DVD and I look forward to adding it to my collection. I really enjoyed this film quite a lot and would easily recommend it to anyone. It will definately go on my list of top 10 films for 2002.
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