There’s a level of megalomania at work in producer-director-distributor-star Ivan Rogers’ “Forgive Me Father” that hasn’t been seen since. Tom Laughlin and his grandiose series of “Billy Jack” movies.Pic, which has been working its way around the country since January, is set to arrive in L.A. this summer.
Rogers may have a modicum of screen charisma; certainly, he’s near the top of the ranks of former kickboxing champs turned actors. But if this weren’t quite so interminable (136 minutes!), it might be enjoyable as unintended camp. Few movies dare to take themselves quite this seriously. Rogers plays Father Virgil Garrett, a former hitman now living incognito in Canada after staging his own death. When Garrett’s brother is killed (news that arrives via a newspaper clipping sprawled with red ink — “They Killed Your Brother” — tossed into Garrett’s confessional), Garrett seeks revenge. Rogers also recites the four horseman of the apocalypse in a lengthy sequence. Brooding classical music is heard as, finally, Garrett slays his intended victims, scenes in which Rogers is lit only by a sliver of light jutting across his eyes. Is this movie for real? Unfortunately, yes.