Ol’ Bob Redford’s still got it. Check him out as career criminal Forrest Tucker in the latest effort from David Lowery (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, A Ghost Story): robbin’ banks, romancin’ Sissy Spacek, livin’ free, and hangin’ out with Tom Waits. That’s a life.
Based on a true story – and a pretty great article by David Grann in The New Yorker – the film follows Tucker, an unrepentant bank robber and almost lifelong jailbird, from his 17th successful prison escape at the age of 70, through a series of bank robberies with his crew, the “Over the Hill Gang”, with Casey Affleck’s dogged copper in pursuit. Danny Glover and Tika Sumpter co-star.
Judging by the trailer’s tone, Lowery has sanded off some of the rougher edges of Tucker’s life to build a vehicle for his particular brand of “philosophical” musings (anyone who’s seen A Ghost Story is familiar with Lowery’s wankery) but that might be forgivable in this context – after all, we’ve got Robert Redford as what is essentially The Last Cowboy here, and we will show up for that.
The Old Man and the Gun is in cinemas from November 15, 2018.