At first glance, Takers resembles the 2001 hit remake of the 1960 classic movie Ocean’s Eleven, but with a younger cast. The only similarity that Takers and Ocean’s Eleven share is that both movies are about elaborate heists complete with a star filled cast.
Each heist is planned down to the smallest detail to ensure the success of the job and the success of getting away with it. Everything goes as planned until Ghost (Tip ‘T.I.’ Harris) is released from prison after doing time for a previous job in which he was captured while the other five got away. Feeling as though the group of five men owe him for not turning them in to the police; he insists that this job, which involves robbing an armored car of 20 million dollars, will be worth the high risk.
While skeptical brothers Jesse (Chris Brown) and Jake Attica (Michael Ealy) feel that it’s too rushed and a bad idea, the others, Gordon (Idris Elba), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and John (Paul Walker) convince themselves that this will be the last job since the payout will be the largest the group has ever split.
Despite the rather predictable storyline, the action in this film will capture your attention and keep you watching. The actors do a wonderful job of acting, but the stuntmen are the true stars of this film. Jesse is spotted attempting to leave the scene of the armored car heist and chased through the streets and buildings. Jesse’s chase scene involves a lot of free running in which he jumps from building tops to building tops, lands on the ground of a parking garage from what seems to be a two story jump, and continues free running toward his safety.
Takers, which is set in Los Angeles, California, uses the location and well known land marks to its advantage. During the first job, the five friends effectively rob a bank in broad daylight while making away with a news helicopter which they fly over the Los Angeles scenery. They land in the Dodgers stadium parking lot in which they all leave in their own respective and expensive cars and motorcycle, though not until they blow up the helicopter using C-4 to ensure no trace evidence will be found later. The use of C-4 is actually a trademark of the group which aids in their ultimate downfall and the death of every member besides two of the men.
The movie incorporates a crooked cop which seemed more of a filler character storyline. The character flaw might have been added as a ruse for the audience to believe he is involved with the group of bank robbers. While you want to believe he is involved with the robbers so that it will make the storyline more elaborate and complicated, he’s not. This does comes as a disappointment, though it can be said that the twist of this movie is the fact that there is no twist which sets this movie apart from other heist films. Considering most writers now focus so much time and energy in shocking their audience, it is almost refreshing to find a storyline that is straight forward and filled with action as the only tools to create a likeable film.