Oh my. With an overload of clichés, storylines, and zero originality, TAKERS is one flashy disaster of a movie. This flick follows two gritty cops and a bank robbing team…think HEAT but with a younger crew. Between seeing cops, Jack (Matt Dillon) and Eddie (Jay Hernandez) getting beat up chasing bad guys and the ‘cool’ opening bank heist you think that this film might be a fun and entertaining ride. Well, it is fun and entertaining, but not in a good way. When the helicopter from the bank robbery explodes after the guys get off and do a slow-motion walk away I couldn’t help but die laughing.
The gang, Jesse (Chris Brown) his brother Jake (Michael Ealy), with friends AJ (Hayden Christensen), Gordon (Idris Elba), and John (Paul Walker) all wear fancy suits, smoke pricey cigars and drink expensive scotch in their nightclub. Their world is flipped upside down after their heist when an old member of their gang, Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), is released from prison early and wants them to do another job. This job breaks their rule of no robberies within one year of the last. The take is big and tempting for the crew but leaves little time for planning. Since they don’t really trust Ghost, they have to decide if this is a good deal for them. Therefore they set up an operation just like THE ITALIAN JOB. That’s right; they plan on taking down an armored car by routing traffic and exploding the street to take all the money through unused subway tracks.
The acting is ridiculous and over the top. You don’t know who to root for between the cops or the robbers as it’s hard to connect with a single character. Dillon’s character goes a bit far and is ultra aggressive. He makes taking down the bank robbers a personal mission even putting his daughter at risk when he decides to chase two of the guys despite having her in his car. That scene is totally infuriating and you want to shake some sense into his character. Gordon’s personal dilemma when his drug rehab sister leaves the program early while he’s trying to plan this take is another infuriating moment. He cannot help her because his head is focused on planning the ITALIAN JOB and he makes her stay in a hotel where she ends up on the streets again. Can you see how it is hard to pick a team to root for?
When T.I.’s character is dressed up as a cop, I have never been so annoyed in my life. The play by play he provides is unnecessary and adds nothing to the film. One good thing about this film is the action sequences are fun, the best being when the cops are chasing Chris Brown’s character. Jumping high fences, flipping over taxi’s and climbing parking garage walls equals super high energy intense entertainment.
Not to ruin this film for you, but the ending is the most ridiculous thing I have ever sat through. Bullets galore, crooked cops, double crossing…the works! They don’t leave out a single predictable moment and keep it flashy and over the top from start to finish.
Video: (2.4:1 Widescreen) Picture looks great, highlighting the fancy cars and bling.
Audio: (5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio) From explosions to gun shots, the audio sounds amazing.
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Commentary with Director John Luessenhop, Producer Will Packer, Producer Jason Geter and Tip “T.I.” Harris (1:47:05): The commentators do not really add much to this film. It is one of the most boring commentaries I’ve ever heard. The only part that made me laugh is when T.I. informs us that he felt like the bank robbers showed their guns too early from getting out of the elevator.
Executing the Heist: The Making of Takers (11:13): Here we learn the inspiration for this film was based on HEAT but with a younger crew. The cast praises the rest of the cast in assorted interviews. They even compare Paul Walker to Steve McQueen….OOoookay….
Take Action! (10:08): A look into all of the action sequences. To quote producer Will Packer this film has “balls to the walls action”. The producers praise Chris Brown for doing most of his own stunt work.
“Yeah Ya Know (Takers)” By T.I. – Music Promo (4:31): This is a fun T.I. song that has the same feel from his 2006 album T.I. King. This video has all of the best parts of the movie wrapped up into an over glamorous bank heist music video. I say, save your time, skip the movie and watch this video.