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Takers (2010)



Critic Consensus: 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.

Movie Info

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, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language)
Genre: Drama, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Paul Allen, Paul Allen, Peter Allen, Gabriel Casseus, John Luessenhop
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jan 18, 2011
Box Office: $57.7M
Sony Pictures/Screen Gems - Official Site


Idris Elba
as Gordon Jennings
Matt Dillon
as Jack Welles
Paul Walker
as John Rahway
Chris Brown
as Jesse Attica
Michael Ealy
as Jake Attica
Steve Harris
as Lt. Carver
Jay Hernandez
as Eddie Hatcher
Glynn E. Turman
as Chief Det. Duncan
Nicholas Turturro
as Franco Dalia
Andrei Runtso
as Constantine
Harrison Miller
as Eddie Jr.
Karl Knuth
as Scott's Bodyguard
Conrade Gamble
as Haitian Thug
Jermaine Holt
as Dealer #2
Martin Shuler
as Prison Guard
Kelvin Brown
as Security Guard #1
Danny Epper
as Bank Guard #1
Bobby McLaughlin
as Bank Guard #2
Nancy Wetzel
as Chopper News 14 Repo...
Andrew Fiscella
as Security Chief
Juna Kim
as Asian Girl #1
Natasha Ellie
as African American Gir...
Will McFadden
as Haitian's Lawyer
Troy R. Brenna
as Sweatpants
Mike Wood
as Police Tech
Terrell Lee
as Parole Officer
Noelle Smith
as Officer of the Day
Lanny Joon
as Vice Cop
Roger Stoneburner
as Wasted Junkie
Erik Stabenau
as Armed Driver #1
James C. Lewis
as Armed Driver #2
Matt Taylor
as Armed Guard #1
Marcus Young
as Armed Guard #2
Dustin Meier
as Armed Guard #4
James Martinez
as Officer in Charge
Laura-Shay Griffin
as Receptionist
Jimmy Martinez
as Officer in Charge
Ashleigh Falls
as Frumpy Bank Teller
Joanna Rhambo
as Woman in Underwear a...
Bryan Ross
as Officer #4
Nathan Bell
as Cop in a Hole
Joe di Giandomenico
as TV News Reporter #1
Joey Digiandomenico
as TV News Reporter #1
Craig Susser
as TV News Reporter #2
Ben Skorstad
as 2nd News Helicopter ...
Tim Sitarz
as Russian #1
Gokor Chivichyan
as Russian #2
Roman Mitichyan
as Russian #3
Vladimir Orlov
as Russian #4
Mike Smith
as Russian #5
Brad Jensen
as News 14 Chopper Pilo...
Michael Duisenberg
as News Reporter Channe...
Chris Antonucci
as News 14 Camera Crew
John Meier
as Police Officer Jesse...
Scott Wilder
as Police Officer Jesse...
Paul Stephen Hubbard
as Internal Affairs Off...
Jimmy Martinez
as Officer in Charge
Nick Turturro
as Franco Dalia
Jim Lewis
as Armed Driver #2
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Critic Reviews for Takers

All Critics (110) | Top Critics (23)

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.

Full Review… | January 3, 2011
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Not terrible, but undemanding.

Full Review… | September 29, 2010
Time Out
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | November 9, 2013
We Got This Covered

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

Full Review… | January 5, 2013
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.

Full Review… | September 23, 2012

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

Full Review… | June 8, 2011
Lessons of Darkness

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

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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.

Lady D'arbanville

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.

Jan Marc Macababayao
Jan Marc Macababayao

Super Reviewer

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