A group of bank robbers find their multi-million dollar plan interrupted by a hard-boiled detective.
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.
In Los Angeles, Gordon Jennings leads a specially comprised gang which carries out high stakes heists, the gang comprised of A.J., John Rahway, and the Attica brothers, Jake and Jesse. Each member was so chosen for the skills he brought to the group for their heists, which have been lucrative for them to live the high life, and to which they adhere to a strict set of rules to ensure their safety. On the day of their latest heist, a bank robbery which netted them $2 million, they come under the scrutiny of LAPD Detectives Jack Welles and Eddie Hatcher, the former, a divorced father, who is a bit more intense in his focus on nabbing the bad guys no matter what it takes. The day of that bank robbery also coincides with the release from prison after five years of one of the gang's former members, Ghost, the dynamic of the gang which has the potential to be more complicated with his return, in addition to some individual emerging issues, most notably Gordon's older junkie sister, Naomi Cozier, for who he cares, checking herself out of rehab earlier than planned. Ghost comes bearing news, which he learned in prison, about the specifics concerning an armored truck which will be carrying $12 million. Despite not fully trusting Ghost who may resent having been the only one to endure prison on their behalf, Gordon, with some extra safeguards, decides that the $12 million is too big a fish for them collectively to ignore. Beyond the issues previously mentioned, what happens with the heist and Welles and Hatcher's pursuit of the gang is further affected by the entrance of the third group, from who Ghost got the information, and the police going through their own internal problems with one of their own suspected to be on the take.
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A group of five exceptional bank robbers have been able to successfully rob several banks with such perfect execution that the police do not have a single clue to capture them. These criminals treat each robbery as a business plan that works. First, they plan each job with clockwork precision and are extremely careful in not leaving any evidence behind. Second, they fence the money to get it clean. Third, they all lay low for one year between jobs to not bring any attention to themselves. They decide to pull off one last heist that will be their biggest score, by taking out an armored-car. Their meticulous planning of robbing banks is thrown out the window, because of the short time frame to do the job, and the large amount of cash they will split. This may be the break the police have been waiting for, when this band of thieves finally makes a mistake. Douglas Young (the-movie-guy)