3.5 out of 10
Release Date: 26th August 2013 (DVD Premiere)
Cast: Luke Tredaway, Emily Atack, Craig Fairbrass, Terry Stone, TJ Ramini, Marek Oravec, Richie Campbell, Rebecca Ferdinando, Ali Cook with Jason Maza and James Cosmo
Writer: TJ Ramini & Ali Cook
Trailer: GET LUCKY
Just when you thought the UK indie film industry had gotten over making tired gangster capers, along comes this charisma void. Get Lucky is a completely empty vessel that attempts to woo the audience with a set of stale overused plot conceits. The cast is made up of some of my favourites at play at the low-budget end of UK filmmaking but even they cannot breathe life into this vacuum.
Lucky (LUKE TREDAWAY – ATTACK THE BLOCK) is a getaway driver who ends up in debt to two low level hoods, Sebastian (CRAIG FAIRBRASS – RISE OF THE FOOTSOLDIER) and Kramer (TERRY STONE – KUNG FU FLID). Luckily, Lucky’s brother Raphael (TJ RAMINI – THE BILL) is also a criminal who is planning a heist to steal money and bonds from the two hoods’ boss, Mr Zigic (JAMES COSMO – TRAINSPOTTING). Zigic’s nephew, Niko (MAREK ORAVEC) wants to climb the ranks, but also takes jobs on the side with his pal Eli (JASON MAZA – FISH TANK) who gets them involved in a heist that sees them unwittingly aid Raphael to fleece Zigic. Throw into the mix, Niko’s girlfriend, Bridgett (EMILY ATACK – THE INBETWEENERS) who becomes Lucky’s love interest and you have a giant bowl of plot spaghetti.
Unfortunately, all of that plot adds up to nothing because there is absolutely no room for characterisation. What turns out to be an over complicated tale of revenge, ends up having no satisfying pay off. Oppressors are given short shrift, the heroes have no quirks beyond paying lip service to an aversion to superstitions. Luke Tredaway is given very little to do beyond react to events and comes across like a lightweight. However, he is completely lifelike compared to the plummy TJ Ramini, the least convincing criminal since Dexter Fletcher‘s turn in Dead Cert. It’s a good job he wrote and produced (?) this as he wouldn’t have been cast in such an unsuitable role. He’s just too posh and clean cut. Terry Stone has the closest thing to a character, playing one half of a comedy duo with dependable action plank Craig Fairbrass. His anger management issues throw up some vaguely funny lines but on the whole, the humour only serves to tip the movie into territory it doesn’t belong in.
Personal tragedies that back up the plot are only touched upon and serve as a weak attempt at giving gravitas to the film. It just comes across as corny and it is then wasted when the film draws to it’s very lame and unconvincing conclusion. Sadly, Get Lucky offers nothing new to the UK caper / gangster oeuvre. It’s just a pale wannabe. With a little more thought to characterisation and a less insipid leading actor this could have been something to watch. There’s nothing essentially wrong with the product itself, the cinematography is great and London looks glossier than usual, the car and boat chases are well-staged but are dramatically expendable, the soundtrack is effective if overly dark for something this frothy, essentially it comes unstuck when it comes to the story and a bad dose of miscasting.
3.5 out of 10 – Glossier than the average UK caper movie, this is still pretty anonymous and dare I say it boring. Shame because I always look forward to seeing what messrs. Maza, Stone and Fairbrass had been cooking up recently. In this case it was leftovers.
Review by Joe Pesci II below>>! He thought it was sh*t too!
WHAT HAVE I SEEN THAT ACTOR IN BEFORE?
- Luke Tredaway: Solitude (TV), Unbroken, The Rise, Cheerful Weather For The Wedding, St. George’s Day, Attack The Block, You Instead, Clash Of The Titans (2011), Heartless, Killing Bono, Brothers Of The Head
- Emily Atack: Dad’s Army, Ibiza Undead, Almost Married, Outside Bet, The Inbetweeners (TV)
- Craig Fairbrass: Gunned Down, The Hooligan Factory, The Outsider, Vikingdom, Saving Santa (voice), Bula Quo!, Deranged, St. George’s Day, Devil’s Playground, Freight, Dead Cert, The Shouting Men, Just For The Record, The Bank Job, Rise Of The Foot Soldier, White Noise 2, Dark Days, Proteus, Beyond Bedlam, Cliffhanger, Eastenders (TV), Tucker’s Luck (TV)
- Terry Stone: Bonded By Blood 2, Plastic, Saving Santa (voice), Outside Bet, Anuvahood, The Holding, Bonded By Blood, Shank, Ten Dead Men, Jack Said, Doghouse, Rise Of The Foot Soldier, Rollin’ With The Nines
- TJ Ramini: 24 (TV), The Bill (TV)
- Richie Campbell: Fast Girls, Victim, Anuvahood, Wilderness
- Rebecca Ferdinando: The Art Ache, The Last Scout, Meet The Firm – White Collar Hooligan 3, Outside Bet, The Rise and Fall Of a White Collar Hooligan
- Ali Cook: The Call Up, Kajaki, In The Blood (2015), The Anomaly
- Jason Maza: Sexy Bizness, Still Waters, The Hooligan Factory, Traveller, Welcome To The Punch, The Knot, Truth or Dare, The Man Inside (2012), Outside Bet, Demons Never Die, Anuvahood, Ten Dead Men, Fit, KickOff, Fish Tank, Shifty, Hush Your Mouth,Rise Of The Footsoldier
- James Cosmo: We Kill The Old Way, The Christmas Candle, Citadel, Hammer Of The Gods, Game Of Thrones (TV), Outcast, Half Light, The Chronicles Of Narnia – The Lion The Witch & The Wardrobe, Troy, The Four Feathers (2002), Once Upon a Time In The Midlands, The Match, Babe 2 (voice), Emma (1996), Trainspotting, Braveheart, Stormy Monday, Highlander