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Takers (2010)

PG-13 | | Action, Crime, Thriller | 27 August 2010 (USA)
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A group of bank robbers find their multi-million dollar plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Jesse Attica
... A.J.
... Jack Welles
... Jake Attica
... Gordon Jennings
... Lt. Carver
... Ghost (as Tip 'T.I.' Harris)
... Eddie Hatcher
... Scott
... John Rahway
... Naomi
... Max
... Sergei
... Monica
... Chief Detective Duncan
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Storyline

A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armored car carrying $20 million. As the "takers" carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals. Written by The Massie Twins

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Everyone's after something See more »

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Action | Crime | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language | See all certifications »

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27 August 2010 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Bone Deep  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$20,512,304, 29 August 2010, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$57,744,720

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$69,055,695
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Director John Luessenhop opted to shoot the film digitally using a Panavision Genius. See more »

Goofs

(at around 1h 30 mins) When someone asks "Where is A.J.? Where is A.J.?", on the right side, a crew man is clearly visible (white socks, sports shoes, headphones and shorts). See more »

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[first lines]
Eddie Hatcher: [to Welles] You look like shit, man.
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Featured in Executing the Heist: The Making of 'Takers' (2011) See more »

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Sugar Pill
Written by Marcus Congleton
Performed by Ambulance Ltd.
Courtesy of Dirty Tizzle LLC
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Highly flawed, but ultimately successful
28 August 2010 | by See all my reviews

The plot for this film does not need to be explained. It's basically a pastiche of The Italian Job, True Romance and melodramatic clichés.

The third element in the blender, mentioned above, along with a script short on genuine character development (You'll sometimes forget that Hayden Christensen and Zoe Saldana are in it) are distracting for a film which develops a serious tone, but there are positives, depending on your genre preferences.

The film moves along briskly, even as we deal with a cringe-worthy first half, and when the actual robbery gets going, the fun starts. Though the cinematography is modeled too much off of the Bourne-style shaky cam, the set pieces are still very well pulled off.

The extended car chases and shootouts contain a level of energy and suspense that really makes them standout, comparable to similar scenes in the above mentioned films, along with an on-foot chase clearly modeling itself off of the Madagascar chase in Casino Royale. Every car whizzing by, bone crunch or gunshot affects the audience due to mostly- proper use of slow motion, and great editing, both sound and film wise.

The melodrama may make some engaged viewers start laughing due to how it's put on screen, but as the stakes get higher, gels with the storyline.

The main cast, considering the material they are given, do the best they can, and their charisma is enough for us to care about them when the stakes get REALLY high, particularly in the case of Matt Dillon and Idris Elba.

It's highly unoriginal and contains several other elements worthy of nitpicking, but after evaluating how I had spent the past 107 minutes of my life, I think it got the job done.

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