Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Movie Review: Takers

Takers is a movie that focuses on five skilled thieves who just came off a successful bank job. When an old crew member, played by T.I., gets out of prison for a previous crime, the gang reunites for a large job with a substantial payout. On the other side of the law, a police detective, played by Matt Dillon, plans to bring them all to justice.

What a pleasant surprise. Takers is a fast-paced movie that does a great job of entertaining its audience.

Looking at the cast, I was hesitant about its quality. Not that I dislike any of the actors, but few, outside of Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, Matt Dillon, and Zoe Saldana, are really all that strong of actors. So, I was pleased to find myself engaged in the movie.

As far as the story line, it is pretty standard. Gang successfully takes bank, decides to do another job, and realizes this second gig is riddled with problems. However, the action and suspense caused me to grip by arm rest pretty tight at times.

Additionally, these types of movies are also fun to watch because of the creative ways in which the robbers get in and out of the building. I'll admit, Takers attempted a few getaways that I haven't seen before.

One of my favorite scenes is where Chris Brown's character gets pursued by the police. Enjoy his clever and genuinely entertaining trail through the city.

Because the story is told on both sides of the badge, the audience may find a sensitive spot for both the cops and robbers. In the end, you want the job to go off without a hitch, but at the same time you need someone to get caught. It's an interesting tale.

While I like the movie, I find the acting to be rather weak at times. Singer Chris Brown, for one, attempts to show off his acting chops but fails to deliver based on his speaking roles. Although, he is not the only one. 

When compared to other famous heist movies, like Ocean's 11, this movie does a pretty decent job, but doesn't quite meet the bar. Good, but not good enough.

Overall, Takers was delightful. Rated PG-13, the movie has plenty of gun fire, violence, and explosions. I hope you enjoy!

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