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Editorial Reviews

Product Description

Welcome to London! Pow! This fun, jaunty crime caper set in the London art world is slick, fun with great acting. Nick Blake (Matthew Rhys ABC s Brothers & Sisters) owes 100,000 to local crime lord Foster Wright (Art Malik - True Lies, Bond: Living Daylights). That is until he stumbles across a lost sketch by legendary Italian artist Antonio Fraccini. Problem is it's only worth £25,000!! A plan is hatched; to forge the drawing and sell it to five London galleries within an hour before anyone cottons onto the fact there's a scam going down. Co- stars Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead).

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From the animated credits - a homage to The Pink Panther's opening sequence - through to a cheeky Smart car chase that honors The Italian Job, Jane's aesthetic is cheerfully retro - an impression reinforced by Malik's imperious villain and an absence of explicit violence…Fakers is swiftly paced, energetically executed... --John Fortung, Channel 4

The performances are sharp and giddy enough to repeatedly win us over; it's obvious the cast is having a ball with the material, and their mood is infectious. Director Richard Janes keeps everything moving at a healthy clip, lending a jazzy, freewheeling style to the tale. --David Cornelius, DVD Talk.com

The filmmakers manage to give this film the look and acting talent that would be the envy of more expensive productions. Solid camerawork and witty dialogue complement an excellent cast, which includes Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead) and Art Malik (True Lies). Malik makes the most of his screen time by playing mobster Foster Wright with the right balance of aristocrat and sociopath, while Matthew Rhys gives the audience an underdog to root for in small-time crook Nick Edwards. Chemistry among the ensemble cast is excellent. Director Richard Janes injects just enough originality to separate Fakers from the surplus of British caper films, and he succumbs only to a single Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels) quick-cut montage. Technically, little separates this modest British film from a Hollywood product. Continuity is seamless, as is the acting. Picture and sound are done justice via a clean transfer to DVD. Kevin Sargent s inspired score is one of Fakers best qualities. This spry fusion of jazz and progressive sounds adds boundless energy to the forward momentum of this simple story. --Home Theater and Sound

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Product Details

  • Actors: Matthew Rhys, Rula Lenska, Art Malik, Kate Ashfield, Tom Chambers
  • Directors: Richard Janes
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Indican
  • DVD Release Date: August 7, 2007
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KP62F2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #206,852 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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I have a certain affection for indie films. Occasionally you'll find a diamond amongst the rough, and I was hoping to find something similar in FAKERS. Although I didn't find a gem, there were some shining moments that made it worthwhile.

Matthew Rhys plays down-on-his-luck Nick Edwards, a man with a cash-flow problem. He needs $50,000 to pay off a debt he owes to a rather dubious London gangster boss played by Art Malik (the terrorist from True Lies). Nick's time on Earth appears to be drawing to a close, as he sees no way to make that amount of money in the necessary time-frame (one week). But then he stumbles across a sketch by a famous early 20th century artist and his mind begins to work through his problems. Not worth enough to cover his debt, he devises a scheme to make multiple copies of the sketch and sell it to several local galleries on the same day.

Kate Ashfield (Shaun of the Dead) plays love interest Eve Evans, a hardworking bartender who's love of money may overshadow her affections for Nick. She decides to help Nick with his problem ...but only if she can benefit, too.

Tom Chambers plays Eve's brother, Tony, the sketch artist who will make the forgeries. An introspective and talented artist in his own right, he eventually learns how gifted he truly is as the film comes to its climax.

The acting was great. This was the shining portion of what could have been a rare gem. All of the characters were quirky, misguided, and fun to watch.
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By Yve on May 31, 2011
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I just wanted a more balanced overall rating. If you are a Matthew Rhys fan, as I am, you'll fall in love with the film. Although it brings new meaning to the term 'low budget', it was certainly entertaining, and Rhys does not disappoint in this role that allows him to be witty, smart, fun and sexy.
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It's a cute movie and Matthew Rhys does an excellent job in the main role. Art Malik makes a good evil character, which is surprising considering his wonderful role in, "Jewel in the Crown." Now, that's acting!
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Fun film and I love Matthew Rhys.
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