By David Watson

Just out of jail and down on his luck, the ironically named Lucky (Luke Treadaway) was the best getaway driver in the business.  When a favour for a friend goes tragically wrong, Lucky ends up owing a lot of money to local goons Sebastian (Craig Fairbrass) and Kramer (Terry Stone) and is forced to turn to his slippery brother Raphael (co-writer T.J. Ramini) for help.

As Lucky falls for mysterious femme fatale Bridget (The Inbetweeners’ Emily Atack) and glimpses a crime-free future, Raphael concocts a plan to rob the underground casino of notorious gangster Mr Zigic (James Cosmo), drafting in Zigic’s brutal nephew, and Bridget’s jealous lover, the sociopathic Niko (Marek Oravec) and his hapless partner Eli (Jason Maza) as unwitting accomplices.

With Sebastian and Kramer breathing down his neck, Lucky finds himself caught up in a murderous web of lies, deceit, murder and betrayal.  As triple- follows double-cross and the bodies start to pile up, can the brothers survive?

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Indifferently directed by Bonded By Blood’s Sacha Bennett, Get Lucky’s a glossy, incoherent crime drama that’s actually criminal (criminally bad, criminally inept) while the biggest heist it tries to pull off is half-inching it’s tricksy, twisty-turny plot from every post-The Usual Suspects DTV crime flick of the last 15 years.  Writer/actor/plank T.J. Ramini obviously loved The Untouchables as a kid, cramming the script full of references to De Palma’s gangster classic, possibly in a misguided belief that peppering his film with pointless homage will lend it some style, but he’s no Mamet and Get Lucky lacks the sparkling dialogue and nuanced characterisation of even a Mr Benn episode.

At the film’s heart, the normally competent Luke Treadaway is a great spinning, charisma vacuum, woefully miscast as the hero.  With his smooth skin, tousled hipster hair and deep, soulful eyes he’s simply not convincing as a cool, sleek criminal.  At least, not one whose dance card (among other things) wouldn’t have been filled on those long, lonely nights inside.  Similarly, he has zero chemistry with the curvy Emily Atack who fills her femme fatale dress with all the va-va-voom of tall ship’s figurehead but is just as wooden.  James Cosmo cameos on his lunch hour from Game Of Thrones as an Eastern European Mr Big whose accent is more Clydebank than Croatia, chewing the scenery dementedly, while the ill-used Marek Oravec and Jason Maza are a lot more likable and fleshed out as gangster stooges than Treadaway and Ramini are as heroes.

Slick, superficial and entirely uninvolving, perhaps the most depressing thing about Get Lucky is Craig Fairbrass’ involvement as gangster goon Sebastian.  Too often written off as the second tier muscular oaf who gave Stallone a sound kicking halfway up a mountain while lecturing him on the intricacies of English “soccer” (a performance Vinnie Jones has based his entire post-soccer career on), he’s a decent actor who’s settled into a niche as thick-ear English B-movie tough guy but, just by turning up on set, he’s by far the most charismatic presence in the film.  He deserves better than this.  So do you.

 

Get Lucky is released in UK cinemas 9th August 2013 and DVD 26th August 2013. 

 

 

 

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