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This high-stakes action thriller stars Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy and Tip “T.I.” Harris. After pulling off a spectacular series of brilliantly planned bank robberies, a notorious team of professional criminals attempts one last heist, a once-in-a-lifetime job with a $25 million payoff. And all that stands in their way is a cop hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to solve the case and bring the Takers down. Chris Brown and Hayden Christensen costar in an adrenaline-rushed thrill ride packed with twists and turns.
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Filmmaker and Cast Commentary
Executing the Heist: The Making of Takers
“Yeah Ya Know (Takers)” By T.I. - Promotional Music Video
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A story of suave professional thieves and their meticulously planned heists. Takers proved to be an action packed thriller that should be on everyone’s watch list. With a star studded cast led by Paul Walker, Idris Alba, Hayden Christensen and popular rappers Chris Brown and T.I, Takers maintains the audiences unwavering attention through nearly two hours of action, drama and suspense.
When the job of a lifetime is presented to the team by the fresh out of jail, and essentially exiled member, Ghost (T.I), tension starts to build. The Takers had pulled off a bank robbery just days before. And with only 5 days to pull off robbing an armored truck for 25 million, flawless execution and at least some level of trust is required. Now with two L.A.P.D detectives snooping around trying to solve the case, things only become more complicated. The common cops and robbers formula is played out, with many unforeseen twists.
However, this film doesn’t present itself in a normal way, the “bad guys” aren’t just the predictable, repugnant bad guys and the Detectives aren’t necessarily the humble good guys. It’s easy to find yourself rooting for the Takers. Each member of the takers team is humanized, making them somewhat relatable and likeable. And the detectives are perceived as smart mouthed, workaholics, which make them almost off-putting.
Idris Alba and T.I hold central roles, and their characters underlying conflict with one another really draws on the distrust that T.Is character has brought to the team of Takers. Nonetheless, some of T.Is acting was subpar, his characters cockiness showed through as somewhat cheesy and may leave you cracking a grin rather than being taken aback by the drama. But it is the high level of ongoing action and suspense that overshadows the characters lack of significant development and any other minor acting flaws that may occur. There is no time to dwell on things like a somewhat melodramatic romance scene or an unconvincingly intense conversational scene when there is always something else gravitating you towards the edge of your seat.
The cinematography is fast paced, and the way the camera almost shakes during some of the most powerful scenes, really emphasized the performance in a remarkable way. I also found that the director and editors use of tools, like slow motion and close ups, really made for the most affective audience reactions. Clearly being able to see the looks the team members give one another, being able to feel the tension when things go wrong, all emphasized by the crafty use of these editing tools.
Though the basis of this heist movie may not be original in its entirety, Takers allows for new aspects and relationships to be built, something that sets it apart and makes it its own. Not just a group of guys out for revenge, with an overused and generic plotline. But a calculated team, bonded and trusting, using their highly educated and perfected skills to achieve the ultimate payday. I would highly recommend this film, but encourage viewers remember to take some of the scenes, and concepts with a grain of salt.
***Spoilers*** The best part of the movie is when Hayden Christensen (the atrocity that was anakin) gets blasted in the chest by a shotgun. Absolutely awesome.