A determined detective (Matt Dillon) and Russian mobsters complicate the plan of a gang of skilled thieves to rob an armored car carrying millions of dollars.
" The screenplay is credited to four writers, director John Luessenhop among them, and they've all been busy cutting-and-pasting from other movies. "
" Luessenhop and his antic camera are after a kineticism that eludes them: He shoots too closely; he's practically crawling up his characters' nostrils with his unhinged camera. "
" Once you get past the recycled quality of the characters and dialogue, the movie has some stylish action sequences and moderately clever plot turns. "
" Takers is a slick heist film, but that's all it is. "
" It's hard to imagine anyone who sees the movie not being at least moderately engaged. "
" At least they do look sharp in those suits. "
" Director John Luessenhop's aggressive approach to action scenes is frequently inspired. "
" Takers might have made a perfectly decent little B heist movie, but someone had to go and forget to give the cameraman his Ritalin. "
" With no emotional heft to the performances, it's hard to care whether anyone's dreams are dashed or fulfilled. That leaves the heist itself to compensate, but it only digs deeper into tired action movie cliches. "
" Even with all of the action, and with a few plot twists that are kinda cool, there's really not enough to Takers to make it worth your time. "
" A crackling crime drama assembled from a scrap heap of hoary cliches, Takers proves that everything old can sometimes really be new again. "
" Not terrible, but undemanding. "
" The performers are given stock types to play, and Elba and Dillon, at least, can do a little with that. "
" 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. "
" Conceived and executed with just enough skill and flair to make you wish it were better. "
" as long as you understand exactly what kind of hack cinema you are getting into, Takers can be pretty fun. "
" Someone has to say it, so I will: Shaky cam is out of control. "
" The dialogue is cliched and laughable. It's a film far more concerned with style -- architectural, vehicular and wardrobe-related -- than substance. "
" Amidst the gangsta posing and some overly operatic shootouts, [Dillon] helps give Takers some crucial currency. "
" A Michael Mann-ish heist thriller with a pulse-pounding foot chase and some terrific stunt work offsetting its hackneyed plot and dialogue. "
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