Cobbling together a ragtag team of rising B-listers, fading A-listers and rapper T.I., Takers
is the grab-bag movie of the late summer dog days. The caper flick, which modeled itself after the Oceans
franchise and Michael Mann's Heat
also features Matt Dillon, Hayden Christensen and Chris Brown as an
apparently "Entourage-ian" group of guys hankering to pull off the
proverbial "last big heist" before they take the money and slink away to
sunnier shores. Critics, for their part, seem to be more concerned with
how the group measures up to Vince, Ari and the gang.
- It's Like a 'Homicidal Entourage,' for a brief moment anyway, until it
settles into a caper-groove forged by better films such as Heat and Oceans
11, notes John Anderson at The Washington Post. While Takers assembles "suave,
handsome, vaguely funny and chronically dysfunctional criminals" the
director "shoots too closely; he's practically crawling up his
characters' nostrils with his unhinged camera." The film also lays on
the melodrama on top of its simplistic storyline.
- An Unusually Action-Packed Episode of Entourage writes
Brian Lowry at Variety. It's "graced with ample style if not substance"
and generally maintains a "crisp pace," though most of the dialogue
falls flat. The film's flaws "should limit appeal to a young male,
predominantly urban audience looking for some modest late-summer
- It's More Like GQ Jr. or Esquire for Kids ventures
New York Time's critic A.O. Scott. The film is "a primer in juvenile,
aspirational cool for guys who might not be able to handle the suavity
of the 'Oceans 11' franchise or the leathery angst of 'The
Expendables.'" The actors appear to have more cachet than the characters
they're playing, especially the "almost-talented" Chris Brown the Paul
"white man with the furrowed brow" Walker and "silly skinny-brimmed hat"
wearing Hayden Christensen.
- It Goes Down Smooth and Easy like "a tall, refreshing, ice-cool chaser to a long, mostly dry summer movie season," writes
(parched?) Miami Herald reviewer Rene Rodriguez. Despite a well-tread
genre and an "ensemble cast of actors you never imagined would ever
appear in the same movie" the film manages an ending "which you won't be
able to guess no matter how many crime pictures you've seen."
Film Has a Lack of Snark that surprisingly turns out to be a positive
for The Chicago Tribune's Michael Phillips. He writes: "it offers only a
modicum of the facetious brutality littering a Guy Ritchie crime
picture such as 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels.'" By contrast,
Takers is "an unpretentious time-waster."
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