Rating: Didn’t Suck

If it weren’t for the fact that they copied “The Italian Job”, “Heat” and added just a dash of “The Usual Suspects” this movie would have been a lot better. In fact, they were pretty blatant in how they did it, which was disappointing. One thing I will say in favor of this movie above the others is it felt more thrilling. There was more tension and more action and it was all very much a more intense edge-of-your-seat kind of movie. It just wasn’t very original. The acting wasn’t terrible, the characters were pretty well done, so I guess if you haven’t seen the previously mentioned movies you’ll actually really dig this flick. The problem is, most of you have watched those films. In any case:

What you’ll like:

-Wild action
-Cool characters, Hayden Christensen really showed a tough guy side that seemed to meander a bit from his usual roles, Michael Ealy was great, and believe it or not Chris Brown was a lot better than I was expecting. T.I. didn’t do terribly either. The rest did their usual performances.
-An amazing get-away scene by Chris Brown
-lots of action
-very suspenseful
-A cool fight scene from Hayden Christensen that surprised me

What you may not like:

-They totally copy several movies to the point it’s like they weren’t even trying to hide it
-Corny dialogue
-The better actors do less in the film
-Some characters felt useless
-Very typical

Is it worth the money? Well, mainly I think it depends on how you feel about the film being such a copycat, if the fact that it has more intense action and suspense is a good enough reason to spend your money on it, so be it, if the lack of creativity is enough to make you want to stay home, fine. If you’re bored and feel like going to the movies, I’d say it’s worth seeing for a discounted price/matinee. Not a movie I see myself seeing twice.

What did you think?


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  1. CMrok93 says:

    There’s nothing particularly wrong with Takers, but very little that’s right. It may not be the best film I have ever seen, but the thrills are good, and the film was very fun at points. Good review!

  2. Clyde says:

    This movie was stupid, exactly right, a HEAT clone that brings nothing more to the table and does nothing better. There needs to be a point for making a movie, not just cranking them out for no reason.

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      amen to that man, I guess in that regard I don’t mind the concept of remakes, but don’t remake something that was already great, not that HEAT was great, that movie drags A LOT, but it was memorable and unique among the “robbery” movies of that time. I understand to a point there’s no “original ideas” but you can put a unique spin, or even just focus more on a certain aspect of the movie. Ya know in HEAT they didn’t really get into WHY he has such a hard time letting go. Takers could have been a focus on addictive personalities and how sometimes a man just has to put childish things away in order to be a success and then you could watch the tragedy unfold as it becomes clear that it’s not so much about the money, or it’s the only thing they’re good at, it’s exciting for them and they’re hooked on the rush and watch as it destroys them. Bottom line, characters are what matter in ANY movie, even an action movie. Ya look at flicks like “The Expendables” and ya know what, if all it was was the action, I wouldn’t have bought it. The point of the movie is that you have to learn to find some kind of spark in the darkest parts of your life, even if it kills you, otherwise everything you did was for nothing. Is it an intellectual masterpiece? No, but the characters play a big part in the movie. Same thing with Bad Boys/Bad Boys 2, granted that focuses more on the comedy, but there’s still crap going on and choices that need to be made and internal conflict, not just external.

      Great point, hope to see you back.

  3. Jodvah says:

    Takers was definitely a copycat, but it had it’s own style and Chris Brown had to of killed the profits. Oh well.

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      Although I think it’s funny how Rhianna is the victim and everybody’s paying attention to her as she talks about how strong she is and how she’ll never let such a horrible thing happen to her again… then she writes music about how whips and chains and pain and insanity excite her and how safe things bore the crap out of her. It’s kind of like how the guy always gets booed when he comes on Jerry Springer’s stage for the paternity test and just because he’s a man he’s a worthless piece of dirt and then what happens? “You are not the father!” and nobody apologizes to the guy. Trust me, Rhianna’s is destined for Whitney status. I called that from the time right when that Pon De Replay was just starting to get radio play. I actually made a bet for twenty dollars that this would happen and I won. lol. I had a woman tell me once she wanted to burn me with a fondue torch, bitches are crazy. It’d be different if she didn’t keep going back for crazy and kept dumping normal guys, but she’s getting her daily helping of loony tunes so it’s hard to feel anything for her. Still, you’re absolutely right, that little goof ball definitely ruined the movie, which is sad because he had such a cool getaway scene ya know? Whatever, I feel no remorse for less Chris Brown in the world as I didn’t enjoy anything about him even before his career took a turn for the worse. Who I really feel bad for is Micheal Ealy, he’s so great and he doesn’t really get the credit he deserves. This movie struggling because of bad press didn’t help him any. If somebody would see his potential and help bring it out I think he’d give a few actors a run for their money. Anyway, thanks for the post! Much appreciated.

  4. Denise says:

    Chris Brown or no Chris Brown this was probably the best Heat wannabe out since Heat that has to count for something.

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      Ummmmm…. yeah, I guess I can give you that, actually there have been quite a few attempts. The only other one recently that came close was “the Town” although the town was a more direct copy cat than takers. Either way, touche`

  5. Jamie Lang says:

    I often worry if the few women who cry wolf will ruin it for the rest of us, I’m sure Rhianna is a victim and was turned off by your accusations since you have no knowledge of the situation yourself. It does bring up a worrisome point however.

    • Kephra Rubin says:

      The women crying wolf concept is a pretty scary one, for both sides of that fence. I wouldn’t worry too much though, no offense but guys kinda get the shaft no matter what when a woman is involved. What would really be interesting is if a hot chick claimed another hot chick raped her, how would the courts handle that? Yeah, I don’t have any knowledge of it, but I’d still put fifty bucks on being 100% correct about it. How many licks does it take to get to center of a tootsie pop? The world may never know, more importantly, does the world even really care? Thanks for the very adult manner in which you posed your disagreement, you totally rock.

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