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Takers (2010)

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  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 27 August 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min
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  • IMDb page: Takers (2010)
  • Rate: 5.9/10 total 23,461 votes 
  • Genre: Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller
  • Release Date: 27 August 2010 (USA)
  • Runtime: 107 min
  • Filming Location: 410 Boyd St, Los Angeles, California, USA
  • Budget: $20,000,000(estimated)
  • Gross: $57,744,720(USA)(14 November 2010)
  • Director: John Luessenhop
  • Stars: Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen and Matt Dillon
  • Original Music By: Paul Haslinger   
  • Soundtrack: Nearness of You
  • Sound Mix: DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS
  • Plot Keyword: Heist | Bank | Detective | Police | Planning

Writing Credits By:

  • Peter Allen (written by) &
  • Gabriel Casseus (written by) and
  • John Luessenhop (written by) &
  • Avery Duff (written by)

Known Trivia

  • The first film applicable under futures and option trading based upon box-office returns in the United States. The controversial proposal was approved by the Commodity Futures Trading Commission in June 2010.
  • The first and last exchange between Idris Elba’s character and Paul Walker’s character are exactly the same, albeit the lines are switched the second time around.
  • Shipped to theaters under the code name “Wide Ranging”.
  • The characters John Rahway played by Paul Walker, and the Attica brothers played by Chris Brown and Michael Ealy are all named after prisons. Attica is in upstate new york. And Rahway prison is in New jersey.

Goofs: Continuity: Attica, baseball cap alternates from facing front to back. It switches several times without him touching it.

Plot: A group of bank robbers find their multi-million dollar plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective. Full summary »  »

Story: A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals.Written by The Massie Twins  

Synopsis

Synopsis: (This synopsis may be too short. Please expand it.)

A group of five exceptional bank robbers have been able to successfully rob several banks with such perfect execution that the police do not have a single clue to capture them. These criminals treat each robbery as a business plan that works. First, they plan each job with clockwork precision and are extremely careful in not leaving any evidence behind. Second, they fence the money to get it clean. Third, they all lay low for one year between jobs to not bring any attention to themselves. They decide to pull off one last heist that will be their biggest score, by taking out an armored-car. Their meticulous planning of robbing banks is thrown out the window, because of the short time frame to do the job, and the large amount of cash they will split. This may be the break the police have been waiting for, when this band of thieves finally makes a mistake. Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)

 

FullCast & Crew

Produced By:

  • Chris Brown known as executive producer
  • Gabriel Casseus known as executive producer
  • Morris Chestnut known as executive producer
  • George Flynn known as associate producer
  • Glenn S. Gainor known as executive producer
  • Jason Geter known as producer
  • William Packer known as producer
  • Nicolas Stern known as co-producer
  • T.I. known as producer (as Tip 'T.I.' Harris)

FullCast & Crew:

  • Chris Brown known as Jesse Attica
  • Hayden Christensen known as A.J.
  • Matt Dillon known as Jack Welles
  • Michael Ealy known as Jake Attica
  • Idris Elba known as Gordon Cozier
  • Steve Harris known as Lt. Carver
  • T.I. known as Ghost (as Tip 'T.I'. Harris)
  • Jay Hernandez known as Eddie Hatcher
  • Zoe Saldana known as Lilly
  • Johnathon Schaech known as Scott
  • Paul Walker known as John Rahway
  • Marianne Jean-Baptiste known as Naomi Cozier
  • Gaius Charles known as Max
  • Gideon Emery known as Sergei
  • Zulay Henao known as Monica Hatcher
  • Glynn Turman known as Chief Detective Duncan
  • Nicholas Turturro known as Franco Dalia
  • Isa Briones known as Sunday Welles
  • Andrei Runtso known as Constatine
  • Vladimir Tevlovski known as Ethan
  • Tim Sitarz known as Russian #1
  • Harrison S. Miller known as Eddie, Jr. (as Harrison Miller)
  • Karl Knuth known as Scott's Bodyguard
  • Conrade Gamble known as Haitian Thug
  • Jermaine Holt known as Dealer #2
  • Martin Shuler known as Prison Guard
  • Kelvin Brown known as Security Guard #1
  • Danny Epper known as Bank Guard #1
  • Bobby McLaughlin known as Bank Guard #2
  • Nancy Wetzel known as Chopper News 14 Reporter
  • Andrew Fiscella known as Security Chief
  • Juna Kim known as Asian Girl #1
  • Natasha Ellie known as African American Girl
  • Will McFadden known as Haitian's Lawyer
  • Daniel Stevens known as Slick
  • Troy Brenna known as Sweatpants
  • Gino Anthony Pesi known as Paulie, Jr.
  • Mike Wood known as Police Tech
  • Terrell Lee known as Parole Officer
  • Noelle Smith known as Officer of the Day
  • Lanny Joon known as Vice Cop
  • Roger Stoneburner known as Wasted Junkie
  • Erik Stabenau known as Armed Driver #1
  • James C. Lewis known as Armed Driver #2 (as Jim Lewis)
  • Matthew Taylor known as Armed Guard #1 (as Matt Taylor)
  • Marcus Young known as Armed Guard #2
  • Jimmy N. Roberts known as Guard #3 (as Jimmy Roberts)
  • Dustin Meier known as Guard #4
  • Benito Martinez known as Officer in Charge (as James Martinez)
  • Laura-Shay Griffin known as Receptionist (as Laura Shay Griffin)
  • Ashleigh Falls known as Frumpy Bank Teller
  • JoAnna Rhambo known as Woman in Underwear at Gordon's
  • Bryan Ross known as Officer #4
  • Nathan Bell known as Cop in a Hole
  • Joe DiGiandomenico known as TV News Reporter #1
  • Craig Susser known as TV News Reporter #2
  • Ben Skorstad known as 2nd News Helicopter Pilot
  • Gokor Chivichyan known as Russian #2
  • Roman Mitichyan known as Russian #3
  • Vladimir Orlov known as Russian #4
  • Bradley Jensen known as News 14 Chopper Pilot (as Brad Jensen)
  • Michael Duisenberg known as News Reporter Channel 8
  • Christopher 'Critter' Antonucci known as News 14 Camera Crew
  • John Meier known as Police Officer Jesse Chase #1
  • Scott Wilder known as Police Officer Jesse Chase #2
  • Trevor Donovan known as Rahway Body Double
  • Patrick Stickland known as Doorman
  • Mike Smith known as Russian #5
  • Paul Stephen Hubbard known as Internal Affairs Officer
  • Jerald Garner known as Building Security (uncredited)
  • Krystal Harris known as Hostess at VIP club (uncredited)
  • David Hill known as Bank Concierge (uncredited)
  • Trae Ireland known as Mercury (uncredited)
  • Karina Michel known as Shopper (uncredited)
  • Elsa Morales Myers known as Pedestrian (uncredited)
  • Dale Pavinski known as LAPD Sergeant (uncredited)
  • Matthew Skomo known as Police Officer (uncredited)
  • Nancy Young known as Bank Customer (uncredited)

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Supporting Department

Makeup Department:
  • David Abbott known as makeup artist
  • Kweli Calderone known as makeup artist: Mr Chris Brown
  • Jamie Leigh DeVilla known as makeup artist
  • Luis García known as key makeup artist
  • Shawn Janifer known as makeup artist
  • Silvina Knight known as makeup artist
  • Douglas Noe known as makeup department head
  • Larry Waggoner known as department head hair
  • Kweli Calderone known as makeup artist (uncredited)
  • Bret Mayo known as hair stylist (uncredited)

Art Department:

  • Cristina B. Avery known as art department assistant
  • Claudia Bonfe known as set decorating buyer
  • Max E. Brehme known as property master
  • Randy L. Childs known as propmaker foreman
  • Frank-Joseph Frelier known as art department assistant
  • Neil Garland known as propmaker foreman
  • Brad Good known as assistant property master
  • Todd Harris known as storyboard artist
  • Karen Higgins known as construction coordinator
  • Vinson Jae known as stand-by painter
  • Mark Kelly known as assistant props
  • Steven Kissick known as general foreman
  • Rachel Klein known as art department assistant
  • Richard Lambert known as leadman
  • Al Lewis known as assistant art director
  • Sean Lira known as set dresser
  • Brett McKenzie known as art department coordinator
  • Jon Nicholson known as on-set dresser
  • Grant Sawyer known as on-set dresser: second unit
  • Christopher Schultz known as assistant property master
  • Trey Shaffer known as graphic designer
  • Brian Tipton known as shop foreman
  • Jason Vanover known as key greensman
  • Fante Zamora known as set dresser gangboss
  • Scott Schutzki known as set dresser (uncredited)

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Company

Production Companies:

  • Screen Gems (presents)
  • Rainforest Films
  • Grand Hustle Entertainment (in association with) (as Grand Hustle Films)
  • Overbrook Entertainment

Other Companies:

  • Liquid Soul Media  marketing and promotion
  • 424 Post  sound post-production
  • BT Industrial Supply  expendables
  • Central Casting  extras casting
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera cranes
  • Chapman/Leonard Studio Equipment  camera dollies
  • Digital Media Services (DMS)  digital marketing asset management
  • Direct Tools & Fasteners  expendables
  • Film Art  artwork
  • LCW Props  set equipment
  • Madison Gate Records  soundtrack
  • Movie Movers  cast trailers
  • Movie Movers  hair and make-up trailers
  • NPI Production Services  payroll services – post production sound editors
  • Panavision  digital imaging
  • Reel Security  production security
  • Rockbottom Rentals  cell phone rentals
  • Rockbottom Rentals  nextel cell phone rentals
  • Scarlet Letters  end titles
  • Soundtrack  ADR Facility
  • Star Waggons  cast trailers
  • Technicolor Digital Intermediates  digital intermediate

Distributors:

  • Screen Gems (2010) (USA) (theatrical)
  • Audio Visual Enterprises (2010) (Greece) (theatrical)
  • Nikkatsu (2011) (Japan) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Belgium) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Germany) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (France) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Netherlands) (theatrical)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2010) (Singapore) (theatrical)
  • FX Network (2012) (USA) (TV)
  • Home Box Office (HBO) (2012) (Netherlands) (TV) (limited)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Argentina) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (Netherlands) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD)
  • Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (2011) (USA) (DVD) (Blu-ray)
  • Sony Pictures Releasing (2011) (Argentina) (all media)

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Other Stuff

Special Effects:

  • Zoic Studios (visual effects)

Visual Effects by:

  • Dave Isaac Santos Abuel known as digital compositor
  • Suzette Barnett known as compositor
  • Raoul Bolognini known as visual effects producer
  • Kristen Branan known as head of production: Zoic Studios
  • Matthew G. Donnan known as visual effects artist
  • Ristra Fajarwaty known as roto/paint artist
  • Ilan Gabai known as effects technical director: Zoic Studios
  • Diana Hinek known as visual effects compositor
  • Carolyn Martin known as visual effects coordinator
  • Nathan Overstrom known as digital compositor
  • Rocco Passionino known as visual effects supervisor

Release Date:

  • USA 4 August 2010 (Hollywood, California) (premiere)
  • Canada 20 August 2010
  • USA 27 August 2010
  • Poland 3 September 2010
  • India 24 September 2010
  • Ireland 1 October 2010
  • UK 1 October 2010
  • Kuwait 7 October 2010
  • Switzerland 7 October 2010 (German speaking region)
  • Finland 8 October 2010
  • Mexico 8 October 2010
  • Israel 14 October 2010
  • Peru 14 October 2010
  • Singapore 14 October 2010
  • Czech Republic 21 October 2010
  • Malaysia 28 October 2010
  • Egypt 3 November 2010
  • Denmark 4 November 2010
  • Germany 4 November 2010
  • Kazakhstan 4 November 2010
  • Slovakia 4 November 2010
  • Norway 5 November 2010
  • Spain 5 November 2010
  • Switzerland 10 November 2010 (French speaking region)
  • Australia 18 November 2010
  • France 24 November 2010
  • Philippines 24 November 2010
  • Netherlands 25 November 2010
  • Switzerland 26 November 2010 (Italian speaking region)
  • Belgium 1 December 2010
  • Italy 3 December 2010
  • Venezuela 10 December 2010
  • Argentina 26 January 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Portugal 23 February 2011
  • Sweden 9 March 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Brazil 7 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Hungary 13 April 2011 (DVD premiere)
  • Japan 19 November 2011

MPAA: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language

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Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database


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10 Comments

  1. tommydtcb from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    After reading the reviews posted here, I had little hope of seeing agood movie, although the fact that the movie was playing at a "budget"theater was incentive enough for me to see it. I'm glad I went. Overthe last couple of years, I've found that reviews on movies have becomeextremely undependable. It seems as though a lot of folks, who fancythemselves as reliable movie critics, have become quite snobbish intheir reviews. It's so easy to be critical. Some critics like to feelthat they are a step above the rest of us, and therefore more likely tounderstand how the movie should have been written, versus the flawedproduction that was actually released upon the public. I'd have missedmany a good movie had I listened to the "professionals". This is anentertaining movie. It's not "The Godfather" or "Shawshank Redemption",but it's a good old fashioned action movie that keeps your attention.Get some popcorn and soda, sit back, and enjoy the show.

  2. JoeC345 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    You don't go into a movie like this expecting it to be "ApocalypseNow". You walk in expecting to sit back and be entertained. Now I didthe latter of the two and honestly I wasn't disappointed, it was farfetched, it had a good amount of dumb action, and mediocre acting. Nowthis all might sound bad but really it's not I enjoyed this movie forall it's faults.

    Any description of the plot would be meaningless since it's pretty muchgiven away in the preview, which happens a lot nowadays, but despitethe formula plot line there was actually some descent characters towatch and almost care about.

    I'm really happy I took a chance on this movie, I love great movies andeven though this is definitely not one of them it entertained me andfor a while I was just enjoying the movie. Which isn't really why we goto the movies anyway?

  3. fullautofury from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    The plot for this film does not need to be explained. It's basically apastiche of The Italian Job, True Romance and melodramatic clichés.

    The third element in the blender, mentioned above, along with a scriptshort on genuine character development (You'll sometimes forget thatHayden Christensen and Zoe Saldana are in it) are distracting for afilm which develops a serious tone, but there are positives, dependingon your genre preferences.

    The film moves along briskly, even as we deal with a cringe-worthyfirst half, and when the actual robbery gets going, the fun starts.Though the cinematography is modeled too much off of the Bourne-styleshaky cam, the set pieces are still very well pulled off.

    The extended car chases and shootouts contain a level of energy andsuspense that really makes them standout, comparable to similar scenesin the above mentioned films, along with an on-foot chase clearlymodeling itself off of the Madagascar chase in Casino Royale. Every carwhizzing by, bone crunch or gunshot affects the audience due to mostly-proper use of slow motion, and great editing, both sound and film wise.

    The melodrama may make some engaged viewers start laughing due to howit's put on screen, but as the stakes get higher, gels with thestoryline.

    The main cast, considering the material they are given, do the bestthey can, and their charisma is enough for us to care about them whenthe stakes get REALLY high, particularly in the case of Matt Dillon andIdris Elba.

    It's highly unoriginal and contains several other elements worthy ofnitpicking, but after evaluating how I had spent the past 107 minutesof my life, I think it got the job done.

    B-

  4. TamPalm from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    This movie is fast-paced and the cinematography (specifically the shakycamera thing) is clever and interesting when it's not irritating. Also,there is some eye candy for the ladies and some of the cast is full ofinteresting and appealing characters, some who actually do decentacting jobs ("some" is the operative word.) Those are the good points.

    Now the other side. I like T.I. as a rapper and even thought he did anokay acting job in ATL a few years ago, but his acting here was justdownright criminal. There was one scene in which he dominated thedialog that I actually said out loud, "his acting is so bad, it'soffensive." You're actually offended that that is being pushed off assomething you should buy as a viewer. You're wondering how no one inthe director's booth was offended by it. In fairness, the fast actionof the bulk of the movie shields the poor acting a bit, so the blow isblunted a bit. But between his poor acting and Chris Brown's sometimeyacting, it was just a lot being asked of the viewer. Speaking ofcharacters, the lack of character development is also a low point ofthe film. I agree with another commenter that you're asked to feelsomething for a character who dies, but you feel nothing because youreally haven't been given anything to know or care about. And finallyas others have stated, the plot is clichéd to the point that you'rewondering if it's supposed to be a satire of some sort. But no, nosatire. They're seriously trying to wrap Heat and Set it Off and DeadPresidents up in a big bow and pass it off as a new present. Just not agood thing to do.

    I rate it a 5 on a 10-point scale because while it's not a great movie,it does hold your attention and as bad as some parts are, it's not theworst movie I've ever seen. So I say giving it about half credit ispretty accurate. In that vain, I won't say you should pay to see thisor you shouldn't pay to see it. I say do the 50/50 thing–flip a coin.Either way, the earth won't shatter. This movie is just not thatsignificant either way. It will probably be forgotten pretty soon.

  5. jgregg42 from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    "I need a new suit." That's what I kept thinking during the movie"Inception" and again during "Takers." I like that Hollywood isdressing up their leading actors more often these days.

    "Takers" is a story about a group of efficient, professional thieveswho meticulously plan their robberies a year in an advance. They taketheir jobs seriously and leave little room for error. There is no oneshining star in this crew. The team has great balance between themembers played by younger Hollywood such as Hayden Christensen, PaulWalker and Michael Ealy.

    The audience is tossed into two different action sequences from thestart with no explanation of why we are watching these scenes. It'slike waking up in the middle of cage fight then getting punched in theback of the head and the face simultaneously. After the disorientation,your head starts to clear up and things start coming into focus. Themoment of clarity arrives and you are in the movie.

    After the opening bank robbery we are introduced to the team of Takers.These guys are suave and know how to present themselves. It was likewatching a group of "Esquire" magazine models relax after a hard day atthe office (if that office specialized in bank robberies). They allwear expensive suits, drink high-end scotch and smoke fine cigars. Theyeach retreat to their own slice of heaven to relax. The director (JohnLuessenhop, I don't know who he is either) spends a lot of timebuilding their image through a slow motion reunion before they go intotheir own private club. For having only recently done a bank jobtogether they seem to revel in their male bonding and handshaking quiteextensively.

    This life of the Takers seems too good to be true with very littleconflict. That is why we are introduced to Ghost (played by Tip T.I.Harris) an ex-member of the Takers crew who is being released fromprison. Seems that back in 2004 these guys did a job where Ghost wasshot and sent to prison. He's not mad about it though, in fact he hasone last big score for his old crew.

    Meanwhile, the two detectives (Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez) assignedto the Takers' bank robbery start gathering the information they needto track this crew down. We turn to the classic "cops and robbers"formula and we have seen it before.

    The Takers start getting ready for the heist while more is beingrevealed about their personal lives. These side stories set the movieapart from the rest of the movies in the genre. In this case it is aclose family member that gives Gordon (played by Idris Elba) a reasonto accept this heist but it also gives him a lot of problems.

    Family is also giving the detectives problems. Jack Welles (Dillon),the detective, is a single dad who is having problems going through hisseparation. This immediately brings us back into the typical cop drama.Why is it that almost every movie cop in LA is divorced? Seriously, Ithink Danny Glover's character in "Lethal Weapon" was the lastdetective who as able to bust bad guys, take hundreds of bullets to thechest and still keep his marriage together.

    The story progresses at a good pace until the big action fueled bankheist. There was a little too much of the shaky camera syndrome. Noteto Hollywood – we know what you are doing, stop it. The shaky cameraaction sequences don't work every time. Slow it down and try somethingelse; it's giving us a headache.

    Warning, you have seen the heist scene before in a previous film, Iwon't say which one but this time they didn't use Mini Coopers for theaction sequence. Instead there was an elongated foot chase that seemedto last for hours. Another note to Hollywood – most Olympic athletescan't fall from a tall building, be hit by a bus and then sprint for a1/4 mile while dodging bullets so don't try making us believe thatChris Brown can pull it off and still look good doing it.

    Should you see this movie? Yes, it will keep your attention and most ofthe action is believable. There is genuine balance and chemistryamongst the characters. The director did try something different byputting a twist in the middle of the movie instead of at the end. Hegets points for that. He also gets points for the elaborate shoot outscene; I applaud his choice of string instrument background music andlack of loud gun noises to give it a huge impact. Now if you willexcuse me, I am off to shop for a new suit.

  6. Raegan Butcher from Rain City, Pacific Northwest
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    I've seen this movie before. It was directed by Michael Mann and it wascalled "Thief." No, wait, it was directed by Michael Mann and it wascalled "L.A.Takedown." No wait, it was directed by Michael Mann and itwas called "Heat." No wait…And therein lies the trouble with"Takers". We have seen it all before. Nothing new here. We are inMichael Mann-land, minus the good writing and cinematography.With"Takers" we get terrible writing and the usual cinematography andediting that looks like it has been performed by epileptic apes oncrack in an attempt to play bumper cars with the camera and jam theaudience into the so-called action.As I said, the writing is awful. Thecharacters are blanks. Who are these guys? How did they get to be acriminal gang? We never find out and subsequently we never care whathappens to any of them.Idris Alba is saddled with a crack-head sisterbut she proves to have little to do with the story.Matt Dillon has theusual cop-in-the-movies troubles with a distant daughter and hinted-atfamily problems. This also goes nowhere, plot wise.The whole thing is astale re-hash of caper film clichés.

  7. razorcutgarlic from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    After reading some of the positive reviews of this movie, I must put mytwo cents in. This film is absolute crap, and if you are one of the fewpeople who like it, you must not have seen many heist movies in yourlife.

    Spoiler warning for something that happens at the beginning of thefilm. The film opens with a bank heist that desperately wants to belike the bank heist in Michael Mann's Heat, except that instead of ahard-ass bastards like DeNiro, Val Kilmer, and Tom Sizemore, we have abunch of soft-ass pop singers and pretty boys like Paul Walker andHayden Christensen.

    You're supposed to believe that these guys are highly disciplined andbad-ass outlaws?! Gimme a break! After they grab the cash, they escapeby running to the roof of the building, and tricking a news chopperinto landing so that they can use it to escape! Right there I was like,what if the news chopper decided not to be stupid? Now you're stuck ontop of a damn skyscraper with nowhere to run! Can you imagine ifDeNiro's crew in Heat decided that their only escape plan was tochopper jack an escape vehicle?! It's beyond stupid, and utterlyludicrous! The filmmakers rip off a plethora of classic andnot-so-classic heist films including Heat, the Italian Job, and TrueRomance. If you have never seen any of these movies, you may find thissomewhat entertaining.

  8. chnikki from United States
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    I have wanted to see this movie since the first trailer I saw lastyear. I am a big fan of heist/action movies. Seeing Idris Elba andMichael Ealy and Paul Walker in the trailer, I knew I would at leastget my quotient of eye candy. After seeing some of the reviews for thismovie, I had very low expectations.

    Takers turned out to be a decent heist movie. They didn't do anythingthat was all that original. It was pretty predictable. It was justmindless entertainment that I enjoyed watching. I thought there wassome good action sequences…I wish there were more of them. There wasmore melodrama than I was expecting, but I think it helped give themovie an ounce of depth. Don't expect Oscar worthy material or bigunexpected plot turns and I think you will end up enjoying it.

  9. MovieChamp from Canada
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    I received a bit of hype before seeing Takers. I'm not going to say itis an awful movie. Takers has a bit of style in the reels that's forsure. Just no substance to carry that style.The film is hip in itslooks, almost like its wanting to follow a trend. This pop culturestuff is a cliché that films use for success when released over andover.

    With some substance in the plot though, it really makes the differencebetween bad and alright. This ones a bad one and that's unfortunateconsidering that its really a young stylish fast cash grab for the boxoffice. Only tomorrow to be gone and forgotten.

    Not that great of a movie. About below average. 4/10 score.

  10. Johnny0581 from Washington Heights, NY
    29 Mar 2012, 10:38 pm

    I must say this film was entertaining at best. The best performancescoming from Matt Dillon and Tip "T.I." Harris. The actions sequences,while very intense, were ruined at times by the shaky camera movements,especially during the chase sequences. The storyline, while it hadoriginal elements, was flawed and certain scenes you could see comingfrom a mile away. The only thing I admire from this film is that ittries to give all of its stars equal screen time and importance, justlike the far superior film it tries to emulate "Heat". Takers, attemptsto be an heist film with a heart to which the younger generation canconnect, but fails to deliver the goods. I commend T.I. for hisperformance and executive producing this project, but I think it stillneeded work as far as the storyline and the filming are concerned. Mysuggestion is to skip it and wait for it on DVD.

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