Starring: Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy, T.I., Chris Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Zoe Saldana, and Jonathon Scott.
Directed by: John Luessenhop.
Released: August 27th, 2010.
Takers is about a professional group of bank robbers whom are played by Chris Brown, Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, Hayden Christensen, and Paul Walker. These guys are the masterminds behind some spectacular robberies that have been taking place lately, so spectacular that they have unfortunately caught the interest of determined police detectives played by Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez, both of whom will stop at nothing to interrupt their next heist. However, just before the group of is about to retire, one of their former members (played by T.I.) is released from prison and proposes one final job to them. As the old saying goes… “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
Initially, the group has their suspicions regarding the intentions of T.I.’s character behind this heist plot which involves stealing $20 to $30 million from a couple of armored trucks by blowing roadway beneath them and taking off with the money into the sewers. First things first, performance-wise, everyone does well with what they are given. Chris Brown and T.I. portray the only type of roles they can get by with (i.e. playing a couple of thugs), I mean who could possibly imagine these guys in a seriously challenging role? Hayden Christensen proves once more that he can act outside of the Star Wars universe. The chemistry between the two detectives is interesting with Matt Dillon assuming the role of the hard-headed one (so hard-headed that he lets the case interfere with his father/daughter time) as opposed to Jay Hernandez’s more optimistic approach. And Paul Walker is… well, Paul Walker as usual.
There’s good heist films and there’s bad ones. I would put Takers on the lower half of the good ones. There’s many great things about it but they’re all overwhelmed by the negative crap which mostly consists of a camera operator who had one too many Red Bulls while shooting this. The director and producer had no problem with this apparently, so I think it’s safe to say that they had several of those as well. Seriously, the camera in this film will not stop wiggling. Period. We go to action movies to actually “see” the action. Get it? How are we supposed to “see” anything if the darn camera keeps shaking every minute?
This is an action heist film, not a documentary, not a first person horror flick, or a nitty-gritty foreign film. Please, all directors, stop immediately from using this method of filming for every movie that doesn’t need it. There are moments in the second half of the movie that will keep you on the edge of your seat – The heist sequence, a breathtaking chase where Chris Brown gets to use parkour as he leaps and jumps over fences, gates, stairs, and everything but the kitchen sink; there’s even a fantastic hotel room shoot-out where all hope seems lost. But all of this is overshadowed by ultra close-ups and choppy editing. My advice is to GET. A. GRIP.