Critics 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.



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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

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Idris Elba
as Gordon Jennings
Matt Dillon
as Jack Welles
Paul Walker
as John Rahway
Chris Brown (II)
as Jesse Attica
Michael Ealy
as Jake Attica
Steve Harris
as Lt. Carver
Jay Hernandez
as Eddie Hatcher
Glynn Turman
as Chief Det. Duncan
Nicholas Turturro
as Franco Dalia
as Ghost
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 Reporter
Andrew Fiscella
as Security Chief
Juna Kim
as Asian Girl #1
Natasha Ellie
as African American Girl
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
Ashleigh Falls
as Frumpy Bank Teller
Joanna Rhambo
as Woman in Underwear at Gordon's
Bryan Ross
as Officer #4
Nathan Bell
as Cop in a Hole
Joey Digiandomenico
as TV News Reporter #1
Joe di Giandomenico
as TV News Reporter #1
Craig Susser
as TV News Reporter #2
Ben Skorstad
as 2nd News Helicopter Pilot
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 Pilot
Michael Duisenberg
as News Reporter Channel 8
Chris Antonucci
as News 14 Camera Crew
John Meier
as Police Officer Jesse Chase #1
Scott Wilder
as Police Officer Jesse Chase #2
Paul Stephen Hubbard
as Internal Affairs Officer
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Critic Reviews for Takers

All Critics (112) | Top Critics (25)

  • 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.

    Jan 3, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Noisily vacant.

    Oct 6, 2010 | Rating: 2/5
  • Wall-to-wall music, glossy handheld camerawork and frantic editing all conspire to try and make this seem a lot more exciting than the relentlessly unimaginitive script deserves.

    Sep 30, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • Not terrible, but undemanding.

    Sep 29, 2010 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…
  • as long as you understand exactly what kind of hack cinema you are getting into, Takers can be pretty fun.

    Sep 3, 2010 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…
  • Director John Luessenhop's aggressive approach to action scenes is frequently inspired.

    Aug 28, 2010 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for Takers

  • Jul 22, 2014
    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 B Super Reviewer
  • Sep 22, 2013
    Bland, lame, and predictable to the end. The ending is abrupt and retarded, and all the subplots are stupid and unnecessary. The characters are completely one-dimensional and unlikable, but the writers try halfassedly to make the audience like them. I don't know I should give them credit for trying or berate them for doing such an awful job. I'm going to settle for the latter. This movie doesn't suck but it's far from good. It spends too much time doing an awful job of setting up the characters, to the point where there's almost no actual stealing in a movie called "Takers." Kind of stupid, huh? Yeah this movie is pretty dumb.
    Stephen S Super Reviewer
  • May 23, 2013
    Considering that its "all-star" cast is helmed by the likes of Paul Walker, Chris Brown, T.I. and Hayden Christensen, I think it's safe to say that "Takers" isn't quite as terrible as it could (and should) have been. This is not me defending it but rather pointing out that things could have been much, much worse. Personally, I think "Takers" is slick-looking and exciting in some areas, but it ultimately plays out like a cheap, made-for-BET version of "Heat" minus the elements that made that film as good as it is. The characters are one-dimensional bores, the editing is choppier and more incomprehensible than a Michael Bay film, the acting is (unsurprisingly) weak from all cast members and there's the obligatory "explosion followed by a group of guys walking away from it in slow-motion" scene. Yeah, it's that kind of movie.
    Stephen E Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2011
    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 M Super Reviewer

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