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).
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