REVIEW: ‘Takers’

John Luessenhop
Chris Brown
Hayden Christensen
Matt Dillon
Steve Harris
Rated: PG-13

Takers follows a group of very highly trained robbers who have been doing their ‘job’ for years now and are nearly always succeed at what they do.

However, one of the team members, Ghost (T.I.) was in prison for a long time and is finally getting out. He meets the team after their latest heists and offers them an opportunity at a lot of cash. Meanwhile we have Matt Dillon’s character Jack Welles, a police officer who is hot on the team’s tail and is getting ready to catch them.

Despite being advertised as more of a heist film, there aren’t exactly many heists going on. Instead, “Takers” plays out like a ‘Fast and Furious’ robbery picture, a rather dull one at that. There is one robbery operation that is permitted in the film, but it is so over the top and ridiculous that it becomes laughable.

The film doesn’t offer much in terms of character depth, either. The only one getting any type of backstory was Elba’s character, but it felt extremely out of place here and didn’t match the tone of the rest of the movie.

The rest of the characters were both uninteresting and not likable at all. The movie made it difficult to root for either the cops or the robbers, or even care about them for that matter.

Plus, the acting in the movie was atrocious. T.I. was terrible, Walker and Dillon seemed phoned in and Christensen was forgettable.

So characters and plot are thrown out the window, what about the action? Yeah, that’s not that great either. The “big heist” is rather boring, and then there’s a chase scene that tries to tell us you can get hit by around 3 cars and just keep on running. And to top it all off, we have one of the worst shootouts ever that has opera music, for some reason.

Takers fails on everything it tries to do. The heists aren’t suspenseful, none of the characters are likable and the action is laughable. 1 out of 5.

Author: Matthew Liedke

I'm a reporter for the Bemidji Pioneer in Minnesota, and I also have a passion for the art of film. This passion led me to start writing about film in 2008. From 2008-2016 I wrote pieces at my own website, After the Movie Reviews. Then, from 2016-May 2018, my write-ups were featured on AreaVoices, a blog network run by Forum Communications Company. Today, I write film reviews and other pieces here on Word Press. More about me: I'm a 2009 graduate of Rainy River College and a 2012 graduate of Minnesota State University in Moorhead. At MSU, I studied journalism and film. Outside of movies, I enjoy sports, video games, anime and craft beers.

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