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Takers (2010)

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Average Rating: 4.6/10
Reviews Counted: 110
Fresh: 31 | Rotten: 79

Takers boasts some gripping set pieces and keeps things moving quickly, but its two-dimensional characters, clichéd script, and brazenly derivative plot make it hard to recommend.

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Average Rating: 4.8/10
Critic Reviews: 23
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 16

Takers boasts some gripping set pieces and keeps things moving quickly, but its two-dimensional characters, clichéd script, and brazenly derivative plot make it hard to recommend.

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A Los Angeles detective races to bust a group of notorious thieves before they can carry out a 20-million-dollar heist in this crime thriller from director/co-screenwriter John Luessenhop and writing partner Avery Duff. Their heists are planned to perfection, and they never leave behind a shred of evidence. But when greed gets the best of the gang and they agree to one last job, one seasoned detective (Matt Dillon) vows to put them behind bars for good. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Jan 18, 2011

$57.7M

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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (23) | Fresh (31) | Rotten (79) | DVD (3)

Laughable subplots about Elba's addicted sister (Marianne Jean-Baptiste) and Dillon's crooked partner (Jay Hernandez) only slow the action, which is all this movie has going for it.

January 3, 2011 Full Review Source: Chicago Reader
Chicago Reader
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Not terrible, but undemanding.

September 29, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out
Time Out
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as long as you understand exactly what kind of hack cinema you are getting into, Takers can be pretty fun.

September 3, 2010 Full Review Source: MSN Movies | Comments (4)
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Director John Luessenhop's aggressive approach to action scenes is frequently inspired.

August 28, 2010 Full Review Source: Time Out New York
Time Out New York
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With no emotional heft to the performances, it's hard to care whether anyone's dreams are dashed or fulfilled. That leaves the heist itself to compensate, but it only digs deeper into tired action movie cliches.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: NPR | Comments (5)
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Someone has to say it, so I will: Shaky cam is out of control.

August 27, 2010 Full Review Source: Houston Chronicle | Comments (3)
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Takers is an above average heist film and while it could have benefited from an R rating, it is still one of the better movies of the summer.

November 9, 2013 Full Review Source: We Got This Covered
We Got This Covered

A fun and engaging film with an exciting young cast making the most out of an uneven script.

January 5, 2013 Full Review Source: Big Hollywood
Big Hollywood

It seems the writers thought the essentials of a heist film were a half-baked heist sequence and lots of gunfire. They seem to forget that if there's not a good story and characters in place to carry those extra elements, none of them will matter.

September 23, 2012 Full Review Source: Examiner.com
Examiner.com

A mini-Michael Mann effort populated by one-dimensional clichés.

June 8, 2011 Full Review Source: Lessons of Darkness
Lessons of Darkness

No one's asking a low-priority contemporary robbery movie to be Rififi, but there's such a thing as striving for some kind of quality that will set you apart from the anonymous pack. And no one thought to do that here.

April 4, 2011 Full Review Source: Movies.com
Movies.com

Not even a good effort from Matt Dillon -- who seems to play the hard-done-by cop/security guard for the umpteenth time here -- can provide this stodgy outing with the caffeine kick it is sorely in need of.

February 12, 2011 Full Review Source: What Culture
What Culture

The film borrows from dozens of classic heist pictures, but adds very little fresh, original or exciting to the mix.

February 5, 2011 Full Review Source: IGN DVD
IGN DVD

Mindless mayhem perfect for fans of pyrotechnics for pyrotechnics sake!

January 22, 2011 Full Review Source: TheLoop21.com
TheLoop21.com

A consistently unwatchable actioner...

January 18, 2011 Full Review Source: Reel Film Reviews
Reel Film Reviews

Borrows from its' genre without embarassing itself.

October 25, 2010 Full Review Source: Spectrum (St. George, Utah)
Spectrum (St. George, Utah)

It all crumbles into a series of chaotic gun battles filled with shaky camera moves and excessive noise.

October 8, 2010 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

Marks the on-screen collision of Hayden Christensen and Paul Walker, two actors so charmless and wooden this reviewer feared their combined presence would result in the creation of a charisma black hole that could wipe out the universe.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: Digital Spy
Digital Spy

Noisily vacant.

October 6, 2010 Full Review Source: This is London
This is London

An empty-headed heist movie which makes no effort to endear us to the slick gangsters or the police pursuing them.

October 4, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Express
Daily Express

You could write ten thousand words about the outlandish cack-handedness of Takers, but I'll limit myself to just seven. Crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, crap, rubbish.

October 3, 2010 Full Review Source: News of the World
News of the World

There's nothing particularly wrong with Takers, but very little that's right.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Mirror [UK] | Comments (2)
Daily Mirror [UK]

A very coarse bit of work.

October 1, 2010 Full Review Source: Independent
Independent

A slickly satisfying genre exercise with sufficient thrills, spills and frills to keep you hooked.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Total Film | Comment (1)
Total Film

The director of Takers, a try-hard heist movie of clomping unoriginality and self-regard, is labouring under the embarrassing delusion that he's Michael Mann.

September 30, 2010 Full Review Source: Daily Telegraph
Daily Telegraph

Audience Reviews for Takers

I've seen about a squillion movies (yes, that's because I'm old), and this was one of the better ones of this genre. As heist movies go this was better than Heat & the updated Italian Job. Probably not as good as The Sting or, even, Ocean's 11, but hey; few will be. I would place it on par with Ronin, I think. You just had to get used to seeing the African American actors in the leading roles opposite Matt Dillon. Since I'm of that demographic, it wasn't too hard for me. I didn't even mind the shaky camera work, Chris Brown, or T.I.'s acting that much. It was novel to see two fly brothers get such big roles. I thought they did rather well. Did you ever see Keanu Reeves in anything? T.I. & Brown were better that Keanu hands down. And who knew Chris Brown could run a parkour route? He carried that off rather well, I thought. Even young Vader did a good job. This flick is pretty much a pastiche of other heist movies, but lets face it; if you're going to rip off other people's work then at least do a decent job, right? Mission accomplished. I hope Idris Elba and Paul Walker do a sequel. Elba and Walker worked well together and Elba has true leading man charisma. Certainly more than Keanu, Tom Cruise, Michael Madsen, or Sylvester Stallone; all of whom still get leading roles for some reason. 4 Stars 3-22-14
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My predicted rating: 3.5 stars

There is a fair bit of Action in this heist film and a pretty good line up of Actors, which sort of gives it an Oceans Eleven spin, however that's where the similarities end, Takers is much grittier than most Action films of this kind with a good plot, interesting heist, depth of characters and interesting back stories and had the ability to be a great film, unfortunately on a down side, everything was a little too busy in parts and dragged in others.
October 15, 2011
76Majikat

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Takers is an unoriginal, chaotic, senseless mayhem of cops chasing robbers offering little new perspective to the crime-action genre. Laughable, embarrassing storyline conveying all sorts of wrong messages.
September 10, 2011
Jan Marc Macababayao

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Just another "trying to be cool" heist movie.
August 29, 2011
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    1. Gordon Jennings: We're takers, gents. That's what we do for a living. We take.
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