Synopsis: A group of bank robbers find their $20 million plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective. A group of bank robbers find their $20 million plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective
Marquee: T.I., Idris Elba, Matt Dillion, Chris Brown, Michael Ealy, Zoe Saldana, Paul Walker
Takers is where a B-movie bank heist meets Sex and the City with all of its glitz, fashion and swag brought on by dare I say – it’s ultra sexy cast.
Chief among them is leader Gordon (Idris Elba) and his right-hand man John (Paul Walker), buddies who celebrate each multimillion dollar job with extra doses of extravagant living. Brothers Jesse (Chris Brown – yep Chris Breezy) and Jake (Michael Ealy) work out their familial issues by participating in these capers, while A.J. (Hayden Christensen), a porkpie-hatted hipster, is the strategist who knows exactly what explosive should go where to create maximum boom.
The movie takes an interesting turn when the gang and antagonists are thrown off their balance by the reappearance of ex-cohort – and yet another antagonist - Ghost (T.I.), who went to prison after one of their robberies went wrong half a decade ago. Seething but chummy, Ghost wants everything his onetime partners have, including Jesse's fiancee ("Avatar's" lovely Zoe Saldana). But cliché of a cop (Matt Dillon) and his partner (Jay Hernandez) are closing in faster than a getaway can be planned, and their dangerous last holdup isn't as top-secret as they think.
As the plot is ridden with hole it’s plot, it's up to the actors to provide the traction, and that's slightly touch-and-go. Elba barely gives credibility as his accent goes in and out throughout the movie and we don’t get enough of the quality work that we know Ealy can deliver. The rest of the casting is more about marketing than drama. Brown provides an exciting but oh so unbelievable action scene. Now only if he didn’t talk. Luckily, it’s bitter T.I. that actually provides comic relief all through-out the movie.
In the grand scheme of things, you could make a worse choice for a movie. It grabs your attention at the outset with the TV news helicopter scene and barely holds on for dear life after that.
…But somehow it does.