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Takers (2010)



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.


Average Rating: 4.9/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 15

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


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All Critics (110) | Top Critics (22) | 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
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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:

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:

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

Mindless mayhem perfect for fans of pyrotechnics for pyrotechnics sake!

January 22, 2011 Full Review Source:

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

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

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

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer

Slam-bang crime caper, in the same spirit as films like Heat and Ocean's Eleven. Going pedal-to-the-metal from the get-go, not a single second is wasted in this rip-roaring heist flick. It's a bit of a double-edged sword though, as the rapid progress of the plot leaves zero room for any character development. Everything happens so fast, that you're really not sure who to root for: the cops or the bank robbers? Consequently, there's no sympathy invested as to who makes it out alive. It also shamelessly underuses it's biggest star, Zoë Saldana. I wish they had included her more into the plot, instead of just being someone's obligatory, cardboard cut-out girlfriend. Even Hayden Christensen, a.k.a. "Mannequin Skywalker", has a bigger role than she does, which considering the huge talent difference between them, is beyond unfair. On the plus side, however, it's incredibly entertaining. Much more so than I had imagined, with its quick-on-the-draw action bits and explosive pace. Perfect for a night of brainless fun - and that you can take to the bank.
August 21, 2011
Mike S

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