Incognito (1997)


“When are you gonna realize that all of this art crap is a fraud? Otherwise, how could the same picture be worth $10 million or zip based on, what, a signature? Rembrandt is priceless. Donovan is worthless. That’s not art. That’s autographs. ” – Harry Donovan

Number of Times Seen – 1 (18 Dec 2020)

Brief Synopsis – An art forger gets into trouble over his head when he is commissioned to recreate a lost work of Rembrandt.

My Take on it – This is a crime thriller that I came across y accident and knew nothing about beforehand.

The premise is quite clever, yet it fails to work as well as one might hope.

The cast is fine, but neither Jason Patric or Irene Jacob are able to hold their own here as leads and that hurts things too much.

The chemistry between their characters is pretty non-existent which makes the connection between their characters even less believable to accept.

The clever plot has its ups and downs but sometimes it ends up going in some very strange directions that hurts things too much.

The film’s climactic courtroom scenes are able to enhance things a bit because of the intriguing way that things play out for the characters.

Great seeing Steiger in this film in a string supporting role, but unfortunately, he doesn’t have much to do which is quite a shame.

Bottom Line – Interesting crime thriller that doesn’t work as well as one might hope. The story itself is clever but moves into some very strange places along the way that hurt things too much. Patric is a great actor, but he has trouble being believable as the lead actor in this story. His chemistry with Jacob is also lacking and it’s hard to believe the connection between their characters. The court case at the end adds a bit to the story especially given the way that it is handled. Great seeing Steiger in an important supporting role, but its too bad his character doesn’t have more to do.

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – When Marieke mails the letter, there is a very short close-up, where you can read the address of Juan del Campo, meaning “John of the Field”, living in Plaza de la Mierda, meaning “Sh*t Plaza”. (From IMDB)

Rating – BAFTA Worthy (6/10)

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