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1st October 2010

Summary:

Idris Elba and Matt Dillon star in an action-packed crime thriller about a gang of crooks planning the ultimate bank heist.

'Takers' is the underworld saga of a notorious group of criminals led by the charismatic Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba). The volatile members of his crew include John Rahway, 'The Bagman' (Paul Walker), Ghost 'The Smooth Talker' (Tip "T.I." Harris), Jesse Attica, 'The Runner' (Chris Brown), A. J. 'The Builder' (Hayden Christensen) and Jake Attica 'The Gunman' (Michael Ealy). Pulling off a series of perfectly-executed bank robberies, these slick and stylish criminals pride themselves on getting in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind and laying low in between heists. But then they attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before. This time the crew find their plans interrupted by hardened detective Jack Welles (Matt Dillon) who is hell-bent on bringing them down.

Review:

Takers is a crime movie featuring a gang of heist merchants, reluctantly spurred into a caper by Ghost, a previous gang member who has just been released from jail. They are being pursued by cop Matt Dillon and his partner.

This fast moving thriller is fairly confusing in its early stages, but you eventually get to the point where you've figured out who everyone is and where they stand. The story is fairly routine and unexceptional, with some plot elements which are only marginally relevant - Marianne Jean-Baptiste's character, for instance, and Zoe Saldana who (to my disappointment) may as well not have been in it. Also the subplot featuring Dillon's partner could have usefully been dropped without really affecting anything very much.

I can see someone casting Paul Walker and Hayden Christensen as brothers at some point. Maybe they were in this one - it wasn't always easy to catch names.

The ending is inconclusive but, I suppose, vaguely satisfying.

This is yet another film which is over-reliant on hand-held camera-work to add hyperkineticism to action sequences. However, as a flaw, this fades into insignificance next to the truly awful intrusive music: there are some really aggressive music cues (notably in the hotel suite shoot-out) which take you out of the movie completely.

I sum this one up as an adequate time passer.