(2010, US, d. John Luessenhop)
Takers is a film that starts out with some promise, but then becomes everything you would have hoped it wouldn’t be. On one hand you have the incredible talents of Idris Elba and Matt Dillon. On the other, you have a bunch of rappers trying to break into the film industry. Apart from a script that exists purely to highlight how badass T.I. or Chris Brown can be, there is nothing to mention here. Elba plays the only likeable character in this film – not because of the way he was written (atrociously) but because of the way he was played. Even Dillon seems wasted as the cliched cop with a divorce on his hands. The opening heist is ridiculous and the movie doesn’t stop there. None of their plans are inspired and any sane person can smell set-up the whole way through. Sure, these guys have #swag and look cool in their suits and convertibles and pool party threesomes, but apart from the glitz and the glamor, nothing is being done here. The direction is flawed, and the script is completely laughable. If you know movies at all, you can call the functions of every single side character, from the rookie cop partner to the drug-addicted sister of Elba’s character. And don’t even get me started on one of the most ridiculous and nonsensical endings of all time. The motive here was simple: look cool. But unfortunately, screenwriters have to realize that ‘cool’ needs to come from ‘good’ first. And that is an area Takers does not capitalize on.