Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
Subscribe: The January Sale!
Try 3 issues of Empire magazine for just £1
Must-Have Movie Collectibles
Bid on some classic memorabilia
Reviews
STAR RATINGS EXPLAINED
Unmissable 5 Stars
Excellent 4 Stars
Good 3 Stars
Poor 2 Stars
Tragic 1 Star

FILM DETAILS
Certificate
15
Cast
Matthew Rhys
Kate Ashfield
Art Malik
Tony Haygarth.
Directors
Richard Janes.
Screenwriters
Paul Gerstenberger.
Running Time
84 minutes

LATEST FILM REVIEWS
Amour Fou
4 Star Empire Rating
Maidan
4 Star Empire Rating
Kumiko, The Treasure Hunter
3 Star Empire Rating
Love Is All
4 Star Empire Rating
Rendlesham UFO Incident, The
2 Star Empire Rating



5 STAR REVIEWS
Duke of Burgundy, The
5 Star Empire Rating
Whiplash
5 Star Empire Rating
EMPIRE ESSAY: When Harry Met Sally
5 Star Empire Rating
Leviathan
5 Star Empire Rating
Le Jour Se Lève
5 Star Empire Rating

Fakers
Dodgy geezers and art forgers twist their way around Italy and England


submit to reddit


Plot
Set in present-day London and 1911 Italy, this story follows a man who is £50,000 in debt to a gangster. To raise the cash needed, he decides to sell forged sketches by an Old Master around London.


Review
Brit director Richard Janes' frothy feature debut clearly wants to be The Italian Job when it grows up, but its low-budget, London-based caperings are sadly too lightweight to make it even halfway memorable.

Matthew Rhys struggles to switch on the charm as a hapless roister-doisterer attempting to pull off a multiple art scam so he can pay off Art Malik's opera-loving kingpin. The action flashes back and forth between present day England and 1911 Italy, following the dodgy dealing of art forgers and scammers. Much frantic drawing, fast-talking and zippy driving about ensues, but there's no sense of place and the script is too half-baked to engage.

Why, for example, does Rhys' small-time rogue know so much about art? Because he reads lots of books, we're later told in one clumsy scene. If it's a stylish, British crime flick you're after, go see Layer Cake.


Verdict
With so many high standing peers (both contemporary and classic), it just doesn't have the muscle or the nous to make an impression.


Reviewed by

Write Your Review
To write your review please login or register.


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Jessica Chastain Takes The IMDbunker
The Most Violent Year star takes our most random quiz

Five Impressive Oscar Isaac Roles You Didn't Realise Were Oscar Isaac
Welcome to Oscar season...

Johnny Depp And Paul Bettany Talk Mortdecai
How good is your 'Mortdecai face'?

Fables: A Primer
An introduction to Bill Willingham’s wonderfully dark fairy-tale world

12 Hitchcock Remakes Ranked From Best To Worst
Lifeboat in space, anyone?

From Mission: Impossible To Mortdecai: Writer/Director David Koepp Talks Screenwriting
What would you do if you were in charge of the Spider-Man franchise?

Ghost In The Shell: A Crash Course
Everything you need to know about Scarlett Johansson’s anime remake

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Get 12 Issues Of Empire For Only £25!

Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month!

Subscribe today

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Get The Empire iPad Edition Today

Subscribe and save maney on annual digital subscription

Subscribe today
Buy single issues

Get 12 issues of Empire for just £25!
Get exclusive subscriber-only covers each month Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire iPad Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  iPad  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)