, 11 Aug 2013
Just when you thought the UK indie film industry had gotten over making tired gangster caper, 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 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, Luckys 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). Zigics 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, Nikos girlfriend, Bridgett (EMILY ATACK THE INBETWEENERS) who becomes Luckys 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 Fletchers turn in Dead Cert. Its a good job he wrote and produced (?) this as he wouldnt have been cast in such an unsuitable role. Hes 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 doesnt 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 its very lame and unconvincing conclusion. Sadly, Get Lucky offers nothing new to the UK caper / gangster oeuvre. Its just a pale wannabe. With a little more thought to characterisation and a less insipid leading actor this could have been something to watch. Theres 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 have been cooking up. In this case it was leftovers.
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