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People who gave this good reviews self-admitted they watched it just to see Idris Elba. Yeah, he’s in it, walks around and reads lines out of a lame script. Reminds me of George Clooney cash cow movies. Action scenes were barely a step up from TV-series material, AND they used shakey-cam.
Takers was a crime flick about a group of thieves made up of Idris Elba as Gordon, Michael Ealy as Jake, Chris Brown as Jesse, Hayden Christensen as A.J., Paul Walker as John and T.I. as Ghost. They pull off major armed robberies. They’re being chased by two Los Angeles police Detectives Matt Damon as Jack Welles and Jay Hernandez as Eddie Hatcher.
The film starts off great with well thought out crimes plus action. The good guys aren’t all good as one of the cops is crooked.
The problem comes from the fact that the main job in the story is based off of the remake of the Italian Job. Ghost even says they’re going to do an Italian Job. Why are they using another movie as the main scene????
Despite that Takers is still enjoyable. It could have been much better however.
I'm a huge fan of Idris Elba, but even his acting skills barely keep this crime caper afloat. Perhaps if there were a greater connection with the characters, their demise might have more impact. As it was I simply thought "Ho hum."
Great Cast of extremely beautiful men with Idris Elba at the top of the list, followed by Paul Walker, then T.I. I mean no disrespect, and send my runner-up prizes, to "Beauty Queen" Jay Hernandez, "Killer Eyes" Michael Ealy and "Scrappy Do" Hayden Christensen, even Pappa Hemingway" Matt Dillon. I did not forget CB; I don't support wife-beaters. They're very ugly to me. Period.
In addition to being ridiculously gorgeous, they are great actors, in spite of the intensely Poor Dialogue. The dialogue doesn't sound like it was written by a professional screenwriter. However, it does sound like it was written by someone with executive power who thought they knew better than the professional screenwriter they hired. Whoever that was, please never do that again, ever in life, because you almost destroyed your own movie. That overly simplistic, brain-dead roll of one-liners made everyone else's job that much harder. Simply hire the best, and let them do the rest. Stay out of it.
The one actor who seemed to have very little difficulty making sense of that Dead Sea scroll of dialogue was Paul Walker. However, that's not surprising because of his years of experience tripping the light fantastic through the multitude of FaF cacophonies. "Takers" did do an excellent job of presenting many Exciting Action Scenes that could be deemed even better than those in the FaF franchise. I enjoyed those outstanding, action scenes so much that I'm going to watch the movie for a third time.
I'll keep this movie on my re-watch list because it's a desirable, visual experience that is made even better by the sleek Glamor Lighting, which illuminates the distinctive stylings of the fabulous, beauty team of hair, makeup, and wardrobe artists. Clap, clap. Clap, clap, clap, clap, clap, clap to you team of lovelies. Well done.
This is a very good movie, which is why I gave it four out of five stars. I recommend that you watch it without interruption or conversation.
P.S. Many of the "Goofs" are incorrect for this print. For example, the "Hotel Roosevelt" and "Roosevelt Hotel" signs aren't goofs; they're real life stock footage shots of the hotel. Do your research.
"Action packed thriller" that moved slow as molasses. True there were some intense gun fight scenes but EH. Too many characters (to keep track of) as well as the fact that they were all undeveloped, a plot line that was mediocre *and* a very VERY unsatisfactory ending. Entire movie was lukewarm at best - and it's a shame because it had a decent cast.
I agree with a previous reviewer, this is ok if you have the time to kill. It's a lot of fast-paced action (so it CAN be an exciting watch) ..BUT that's all it has. There is not much plot or character development, it also has a very rushed ending. Definitely not a movie you'll remember, but it's okay if you want to watch some fast-paced action sequences.
4.0 out of 5 starsIdris Elba and Marianne Jean-Baptiste
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 14, 2015
This is quite a good film with some solid performances led by Idris Elba. Matt Dillon plays a sympathetic LA cop, and Paul Walker puts in a strong performance. Hayden Christensen has a talented wardrobe, but I had to suspend belief when he took out three hard cases in a suspicious transaction. Chris Brown continues his collaboration with Idris from 'This Christmas'.
Idris speaks with an English accent along with Marianne Jean-Baptiste.
Like so many films released, everything in Takers you have seen before. But thanks to the inventive heist and great ensemble cast, Takers is entertaining. The characters feel slightly underdeveloped but that doesn't matter too much in an actioner. Recommended