Takers | 2010 | IMDB
Synopsis: Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba) and his friends enjoy a luxurious lifestyle funded by bank robberies, and they avoid capture by sticking to a strict set of rules. As they celebrate the latest job, a former associate arrives with a daring plan to rob an armored car. The lure of so much cash is too tempting to resist but, unbeknown to Gordon’s men, this heist puts them on a collision course with Russian mobsters and a detective (Matt Dillon) who will do anything to capture them
Rotten tomatoes score: 28%
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.
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.
This movie. This damn movie. The cast was good. Michael Ealy. Idris Elba. Hayden Christensen. Paul Walker (RIP). T.I. (okay so maybe good is an exaggeration, but still, most of them are decent actors). Chris Brown was also in this…Eh, well. Beggars can’t be choosers. He’s also down as executive producer. Welp.
Anyway, cast aside, the movie opens with the gang all happy as Larry. They’ve just pulled of a heist, woo!! Money, money, money. Conveniently, T.I. has just been released from jail. He was shot and caught during an older heist and he didn’t rat on them but he’s CLEARLY HOLDING A GRUDGE.
So what do these morons do? They listen to a tip he supposedly got from some Russians in jail. I mean, they’re suspicious but not the kind of suspicious warranted in a situation like this. It’s more ‘why is this seat warm?’ suspicious than ‘where’s my purse?’ suspicious. Goodness.
Anyway, subplots include
- Idris Elba and his addict sister (Why? So we know why he needs the money? Who cares?)
- T.I.’s character’s ex-girlfriend is now with one of the other members. She winds up dead.
- There’s a cop who has his eye on them. He’s also a shitty Dad to his kid. Oh and his partner is corrupt.
- Chris Brown’s character goes crazy (okay, technically he was running away from the police) and kills said corrupt cop
Anyway, the movie did have an impressive stunt where they steal the money. Let me see how Wikipedia describes it because apparently I was so wowed by the stunt that I don’t remember it.
…it is discovered that two trucks will travel together but that all the money is kept in the lead truck, which holds $12 million.
The crew, dressed as construction workers, hide out underground while Ghost poses as a police officer so he can keep an eye out for the trucks.
Meanwhile, in order to cover themselves in case Ghost is setting them up, John heads to the top of a nearby garage to take out Ghost with a sniper rifle in case things go sour.
Oh, really, you know what the best cover would have been? NOT LISTENING TO HIM AT ALL.
The blast, having been perfectly timed to the time the trucks had turned the last corner, occurs too far forward because the lead driver had stopped short to avoid the bicyclist, and the ruse is up. The lead driver radios the police while armed guards pile out of the rear truck.
This was probably the most exciting scene of the movie. Mostly because it was so stupid.
It is now revealed that Ghost had previously cut a deal with the Russian gangsters to kill his former crewmates in exchange for half of the heist’s take. Ghost gives the Russians the hotel room number, then escapes out the bathroom window, just before the Russians storm the room and attempt to kill the crew.
Yes, he sold them out to the Russians and what ensues is the most ridiculous gunfight ever. The director wasn’t even going for realistic or even video game realism, it was just bad.
Jake and Jesse return home where, to their horror, Jake finds Lilly’s lifeless body and Jesse finds the safe where they kept their secret stash of money opened and cleaned out. The police surround their home and shoot the two when they make a suicide charge outside.
Remember how I said Chris Brown’s character goes crazy and kills a cop? Yeah, that ends up in them running outside guns blazing while surrounded by the police. It’s the kind of thing that normally isn’t funny, but it was so ridiculous that you just had to laugh.
And after that there’s another gunfight at the airport because Ghost/T.I. is such a master conman that he wants to steal ALL of the group’s money. So he kills their fence (who just had the money in two large suitcases, seriously, what kind of fence is he?) but not before Idris Elba shows up and starts another unnecessarily drawn out battle, along with the cop who shows up because we needed an extra layer of drama. Somehow, Ghost dies, the cop gets shot, Idris gets shot and Paul Walker gets to save the day.
Everyone (besides those who died, which is….At least 80% of the characters) then lives happily ever after.
Rating: 5/10. It was bad but entertaining, so. Half marks from me! Yay!
I really want to watch Space Jam next but every time I say a specific movie it’s never watched. So, #7 is anybody’s guess.