Forgive Me Father

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Forgive Me Father Review


Due to their hefty budget requirements, independent action films don't come along very often. Forgive Me Father is a daring exception to the rule, an unabashed Steven Seagal movie... only without Steven Seagal.

Ivan Rogers directs himself in the lead role of Virgil Garrett, a Catholic priest with a mysterious past. As it turns out, that past is one of a gangster's hit man, and when Virgil's innocent brother is gunner down for no reason at all, Virgil decides to hang up his white collar and pick up a pistol to hunt down his killers -- spouting scripture and busting caps!

From the clan of 80s-style bad guys to the aging cop ("You're retiring in two weeks!") to the Morticia Addams eye lighting that follows Virgil around, Forgive Me Father is more riddled with action genre clichés than Virgil's victims are with bullet holes. One by one he hunts down the killers, forcing them to beg for forgiveness -- and then not granting it. It's hard to suppress a laugh every five minutes or so, because Father simply brings it upon itself with one gaffe after another. Example: A priest reading from the Bible slips, and the crib sheet he's using for his lines becomes visible in his hand for a second. He quickly secrets it back in the book and keeps on reading. Well, if this doesn't get you laughing, his serious lisp probably will. Or perhaps the geriatric love scene (played totally serious and with nudity) will, instead.

At almost 2:20 in running time, Forgive Me Father is far too long to survive on its own camp, but worse indies have been made, to be sure. It's not a complete waste of time provided you have the right mindset -- and even if you're crazy enough to take the film at face value, I'd rather watch Rogers than Seagal any day of the week.

I have sinned.



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Run time: 138 mins

In Theaters: Friday 10th May 2002

Distributed by: Myriad Entertainment Group

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Contactmusic.com: 2.5 / 5

IMDB: 5.3 / 10

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