OK, so everyone is entitled to their own opinions, and heres mine, its highly entertaining, extremely thrilling and heart pumping. I loved every part of it, they may be some parts where you think, how did he get there" etc etc , but the plot and the twist is amazingly stitched together. It is worth the wait, and well worth to watch, I would recommend this for everyone, its well worth a watch at the cinemas. If your the type that loves the suspension and is really into all sorts of action and drama, this film is for you, chris brown and T.i are like bonuses to the film, i have never seen <more>
Nonstop interesting movie with great visuals. (by myviewsrn)
This is a stylish classy cops and robbers movie with great music. The robbers and cons are all handsome and have their own cool swag. There is , of course, love interest in this movie as well as family concerns. The takers are smart business men and The the cops are in dogged pursuit of them. They carry family and job issues on their shoulders. They take big time. The financier of the Takers, whom is handsome as well is is top notch in his trade yet is in harms way. Ten percent of The Takers heist always goes to the charity of their choice. The continuing action combined with great music, <more>
handsome stylish men make for a great cops and robbers movie. One character is a musician with much flair. The detectives in this movie even have flair as well as IntelliJ. Highly recommend.
Great caper, nice yarn indeed! Well done! (by stani101)
Exactly the sort of entertainment I needed tonight! I see a lot of people have some bad reviews about this film, but I can't understand why! The acting was good, in my opinion, okay, the drug addict sister was a bit far-fetched and the film could have done without her part, but overall, I liked this movie. It is the sort of movie I would go out and watch and I am definitely gonna be seeing this again. I was disappointed Zoe Soldana dis not have much of a part in the movie. I think T.I. pulled off his part very well and Chris Brown was pretty good with his own part as well. For me, quite a <more>
lot worked in this movie from the cinematography, the director was pretty spot on in his direction. I am happy I went to see this.
Loved it. This movie is a quintessential guy movie. No wasted dialogue or subplots not directly related to the main plot. All comparisons to this work are nowhere close to what lies at the heart of this film. If you want to complain about the Italian Job trick it's pointless because T.I.'s character points it out that he wants to do an "Italian Job," snatch and grab. Needless to say it goes a bit differently. This is a unique take on a classic premise. This film is all about the point of view it follows. Guy goes to jail, doesn't turn on his friends, guy gets released, <more>
friends worry about future police contact and being seen with a marked man, things get sketchy. These are very believable ideas and a fresh spin. Too many times in movies you're left thinking there is no way someone could pull that off and then things become silly. Not here. If you feel the need to compare Takers to another film it's basically a sexed up hipper Heat a complement because it's another gritty believable crime drama . Right down to the high rollers, armored truck, and black duffel bags used to carry the load. Only instead of Michael Sizemore making a run for it with a trunk load of dough you have bad boy Chris Brown showing off his dexterity as he tries to allude being captured.If you know anything about film making, every director and writer gets influenced from previous works. The very first movies got influenced from great literary pieces. So, to complain about similarities is ignorant. This isn't a synopsis so I won't waste your time summarizing the movie. Highlights for me where it got stimulating and raw were the fight scene with Hayden Christensen laying down the law and the free running getaway chase scene with Chris Brown sic . I'm a theatre arts senior so I can appreciate quality film making when I see it. Old school action without the seizure inducing over digitalizations. I used to be a computer arts major. Boring, not to mention tedious no matter how fun it is to watch. Not needed here. All biases aside, this was a great film. It's quick, witty, detailed, fashionable, and above all believable seemingly without trying. For everyone complaining about T.I.'s acting get your head examined. For one, he basically is this character in real life so whatever he does is believable. Do you not know that he did just get out of prison for being set up by the FEDs for purchasing an arsenal. T.I. is one of the best cross profession actors out there including Will Smith who is also great . This movie took some of the best young talent and gave them a script which brought out their better qualities. The ensemble was brilliant in it's own right. You get Christensen, Elba, Dillon, Hernandez, Walker, T.I., the infamous Brown all co-starring and pulling it off like they've been friends for years. What I liked the most about this film is that it's all substance and no meandering into pointless directions. If anything it could have gone into even more background information about the characters. The fact is, it doesn't have to. This is the world that is created where everyone is on a need to know basis, even the audience. We get all of the meat with very little fat. If you don't like this movie you must have an aversion to action movies and or be really feminine. If you're a guy and don't absolutely dig this flick, I'm pulling your man card.
Great movie, i enjoyed this movie from start to finish, i believe the acting is on par and plot is interesting, for anyone aged 16 - 25, i would say you are going to like this movie, older people will enjoy it too but i can only really speak for my age group, it's fun, it's fast, the characters are believable and near the end you cant actually tell what is going to happen so it will keep u thinking, worth watching, and in a year or two it will be worth re-watching, i was excited while watching this film it has a certain buzz to it and I'm sure most other people will get that buzz <more>
too. I don't want to give out any spoilers because i believe its better to watch a movie not knowing what the next scene has installed for the viewer. 9/10. GOOD FILM
I really liked "Lucky Number Slevin", so I thought I'd go watch this movie too. The bad reviews here troubled me some, but in the end it was well worth it.The film has a great visual style and is well paced. There is only one subplot that I can think of that we could do without that drug addict sister but the rest was well done. The authors were well cast, their acting was good, and I think they played well together. It seemed like they had fun.The action sequences were nice to look at, the robberies spectacular, lots of stuff gets blown up. I suggest you watch this movie, you <more>
won't be disappointed. Some of you may look for more X and others will find it lacking in Y, but you can't say that this film is bad, that the actors are horrible or that the director doesn't know what he's doing.I thoroughly enjoyed it and give it a 9, because it is up there with my personal favorites.
Not the best of the year but a definite must see!! (by imvaughn)
Let me start by saying I am a movie buff. I go to the movies at least 2xs a month & love a variety of films. Takers is a good movie. The movie is basically about some guys who are professional bank robbers. I don't mean those ones who just walk in & say give me all your money. Professionals who can tap into the video systems, elevator systems, & use a lot of C4. Pretty basic movie to follow. Nothing deep or thought provoking like inception. Just a good old fashion bank robbery story.But this is a review so let me start with the bad parts.1. Not a lot of character development. <more>
While we are introduced to the characters this movie doesn't spend an hour telling you about the characters backgrounds or doing the cheezy flashbacks to when Ghost T.I got shot & sent to jail.2. Did not really understand why Ghost T.I wanted to set up the whole crew when a. they saved his money from the heist he got caught in & b. the only person who betrayed him was Jake Michael Ealy .Other than those 2 points I didn't see anything worth mentioning. I am not one of those people who complain about the camera controls or the lighting. I come into movies with an expectation to be entertained not looking for a technical & mechanical masterpiece. I could care less about the lighting as long as the it isn't in the way & the story is good.Okay now one to the good parts: 1. There were 2 high famous music entertainers in the story; Chris Brown & T.I. Where other directors would have tried to make them the focal piece of the story & have them in every scene. This director used them as supporting cast members & it played out beautifully. Each had about a 30 min scene where they shined & the story focused on them. Chris Brown Jesse had a great chase scene where he is jumping over cars & doing acrobatic flips. Very entertaining. T.I Ghost has a very big ending where he is great.2. Action Action Action. While I know this story has been done a few times this summer in their defense this movie was slated to come out to come out last year but T.I went to jail so it was pushed back a year. So I can't fault them for that. The action was great. Blowing streets, lots of gun shots, & killing. Just great.3. Lack of character development. I hate movies that spend 1hr over explaining things. Action movies are about actions. If I want deep character development I will go watch a chic flick. So while I think more character development could have been done, I am happy it wasn't to some extent.4. The cast was amazing. Marianna Jean- Baptiste, Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Paul Walker, Matt Dillion & etc all were great. No one dropped the ball. Each character was believable & showed off their talents.So in short... this is a good movie. Don't go in expecting anything but an opportunity to be entertained & you will love it.
All Signs Point to "Takers" Being a GOOD MOVIE! (by zardoz-13)
"Lockdown" director John Luessenhop's super-charged heist thriller "Takers" derives its premise and its best scenes from other top-flight Hollywood cops and robbers movies. First, "Takers" occurs in Los Angeles where Michael Mann made his 1995 classic heist thriller "Heat." In "Takers," a quintet of GQ criminals steals what they want when they want it with the least amount of damage. Thoroughly professional to the hilt, these guys live by a code. Second, although clearly inspired by the slickly done Michael Mann epic, Luessenhop helms this <more>
stylist thriller as if he spent his every waking hour watching William Friedkin's landmark "To Live and Die in L.A." Clocking in at 107 minutes, "Takers" never sacrifices its momentum for anything. Luessenhop's editor, Armen Minasian of "RoboCop 2," literally slashes the action together. Something is constantly happening. Walk out on this nail-biter and you'll miss a lot of action even if you're gone for less than 60 seconds. Luessenhop pares everything down to the bare essentials. Indeed, Zoe Saldana's role looks like it was whittled down to a couple of scenes with little for her to do. Unfortunately, characterization beyond wardrobe changes suffers. Nevertheless, the action burns up the screen, particularly a nimble foot chase that imitates a similar chase from the first Daniel Craig Bond movie "Casino Royale." Third, Luessenhop stages a noisy but realistic gunfight in a motel suite that looks like a tribute to Ridley Scott's L.A.-based crime caper "True Romance." Mind you, "Takers" ups the ante; the bullets penetrate the walls in this shoot-out, and nobody knows who is blasting away at whom on the other side. Finally, a three-way, Sergio Leone/Quentin Tarantino style showdown caps the action at an airport where the cops and robbers face off. Laden with surprises, "Takers" emerges as a gripping heist thriller with enough cool-looking combat to compensate for the dearth of characterization.Jamaican-born Gordon Jennings Idris Elba of "Obsessed" leads an elite gang of twentysomething criminals that consists of former car thief John Rahway Paul Walker of "Running Scared" , tattoo-clad, jack-of-all-trades builder A.J. Hayden Christensen of "Jumper" , and brothers Jake Michael Ealy of "Seven Pounds" and Jesse Attica Chris Brown of "Stomp the Yard" who handle C-4 explosives like wizards. During the first scene, Luessenhop establishes the cool expertise of Jennings and company under tension when they execute a flawlessly timed robbery at the Federal California Bank in broad daylight in downtown Los Angeles. They assemble at the high-rise bank in separate disguises and then suit up in masks and body armor with assault weapons. A female bank employee trips a bank alarm during the hold-up. Calmly, Rahway escorts her courteously to a nearby phone where he orders her to call a local TV station and report a robbery in progress. Naturally, an eager TV news crew responds and lands their news helicopter atop the skyscraper helipad where the bank is located. The news reporter believes she has a scoop when the security guard gives them clearance to land. As it turns out, A.J. is masquerading as the security guard. He pulls his pistol and forces her, her news camera man, and the pilot down on their bellies. While the Los Angeles Police Department assembles in the parking lot, the other four members of his team pile into the chopper. A.J. flies the chopper off to a landing site not far away. After blowing up the helicopter to destroy any clues, the quintet separate without anyone knowing anything about them. These guys live the high life and toast each other at Jake's bar.Meanwhile, trouble is brewing because one of their former colleagues, Daryl Rivers rapper-producer Tip "T.I." Harris , who was wounded during a robbery four years ago, is released on good behavior. The gang has since cut off contact with Daryl, a.k.a. 'Ghost,' and they are surprised when he shows up at Jake's bar. As it turns out, Ghost's girlfriend Rachel Jansen Zoe Saldana of "The Losers" has taken up with Jake, so bad blood exists between Jake and Ghost. Gordon and the others fear that after they give Ghost his cut from his last job that he may inform on them to the authorities. Instead, Ghost brings them the blueprints for a daring armored car robbery that could yield a $20-$30 million payday. Initially, the gang is suspicious. They don't know if they can trust Ghost, but he brings them a sweet deal. The chief drawback is they must stage the heist in less than a week. A.J. performs the leg work and convinces Gordon that the job is something that they can do. Little do they know that Ghost has gotten the idea from an outfit of ruthless L.A. based Russians. The Russians think they are in cahoots with Ghost, but Ghosts plans to use them as a means of exacting sweet revenge on the protagonists. The armored car robbery in "Takers" is truly a piece of work and nothing like it has been done. Director John Luessenhop and a trio of scenarists, Peter Allen, Gabriel Casseus, and Avery Duff, have turned an inventory of cop and robbers clichés into a sizzling little saga. Although the slippery Ghost is the gang's most obvious adversary, they have to elude and distract hot-tempered, rogue L.A.P.D. Detective Jack Welles Matt Dillon of "Armored" who is determined to capture them. Welles and his partner Eddie Hatcher Jay Hernandez of "Hostel" are tenacious in their efforts to track down Gordon and company. Like "Heat," the heroes in "Takers" have personal problems. Gordon has a crack head sister, Naomi Marianne Jean-Baptiste of "Spy Game" , who creates problems for him when he least needs them. Luessenhop ramps up the suspense and tension throughout "Takers" so that neither the cops nor the robbers have an easy time of it. "Takers" ranks as one of the best L.A.-based heist melodramas since "Heat."
When I saw the previews for Takers, I was immediately taken in by the cast itself. Just one of those names would have drawn my attention, but grouping all of the actors together, snapped me in. I insisted on seeing it. The theatre was fairly packed, and when we left, it seemed that everyone was happy with the movie. Most of the audience couldn't seem to stop talking about it when it was over; and everyone cheered during Hayden's fight scene.I did really enjoy the movie. I thought the acting was fair. The story decent and a bit different than I normally watch. The death scenes -- <more>
although this may sound strange -- I thought they were beautiful. The montage during the huge shooting scene was absolutely stunning. The only complaint I had about the movie was that the camera work was a little too shaky and made it hard to watch some parts.Overall, I thought the movie was good. I would certainly watch it again, and it is one I recommend to anyone who enjoys a good action movie without expecting too much from the genre.For anyone who enjoys this movie, I also recommend: Four Brothers and Fast & Furious Series F&F if you are a Paul Walker fan .Acting - 7/10 Story - 7/10 Camera - 4/10