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Jeff Nelson

Perhaps this is still worth a rental for those who are still willing to give it a shot.

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The story of cops and robbers has been popular for many years. It's a very basic plot that doesn't require an expert in screenwriting. Takers follows this simple concept and attempts to add suspense into this action thriller. While I'm not positive why or how, it has attracted a couple well-known names in the modern day action flicks to star in it. From the beginning, I was aware that this wouldn't be a mind-bending thriller. I expected no more than the typical razzle-dazzle that mindless action movies are known to produce. When this is true about a flick, then the visuals and action sequences must be able to keep the eyes of the audience glued to the screen. Takers is too ordinary of an action flick to be memorable for more than a short period of time.

With their collective eye on a huge payoff, a motley crew of bank robbers get busy planning out their next heist. A former colleague, Ghost, convinces the boys to target an armored car carrying $20 million. A detective who's obsessed with his work is just as obsessed with making sure the thieves never pull off their next scheme. Takers has an extremely straight forward story and it doesn't stray from it either. For a thriller, it has absolutely no suspense. In fact, it spoils the ending from the beginning if you were to actually pay attention. Sometimes simplicity is good, but not in this case. It's too simple. It feels as if the writers got lazy and typed up this script in an extremely short period of time. I never once felt connected to any of the characters, whether it be a cop or one of the members of the gang. They feel so distant that it leaves the audience not caring what happens to them. Everything is conveyed as much too plain for an action movie. There are so many mindless motion pictures in this genre that if they don't bring something new to the table, they become difficult to distinguish. Moviegoers don't want to see something that's extremely similar to something that has been seen so many times. Well, Takers fits into that category.

Most of the names of the stars are known well enough, but aren't huge names. Takers stars Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy, Idris Elba, Steve Harris, T.I. Jay Hernandez, Zoe Saldana, Paul Walker, and others. This is another case of actors giving an overall very mediocre presentation. Most of these actors have proven before that they're worthy action stars, but one wouldn't know if Takers was the first movie they saw them in. I have no idea what made the casting department decide to cast Chris Brown as one of the robbers. I dislike his music and don't like his acting to the same degree. To be honest, the flick is so ordinary and even uninteresting at times that the acting will be the least of your worries.

If a script is going to be this uninspiring, then the visuals need to blow me away. Needless to say, they didn't. Similar to the screenplay, the action sequences are too basic. Everything feels all too familiar. However, the explosions and such do look quite good. The most impressive department of Takers is easily the audio quality.The dynamics are almost flawless with the DTS-HD MA 5.1 lossless track included on the Blu-ray. The sound editing and mixing are fantastic. Even the smallest of sounds are audible in the mix. When bullets are shot, they fly from speaker to speaker with extreme clarity. The crappy dialogue is clear as can be. Even audiophiles will be pleased with the track included.

Ultimately, I don't see even some of the biggest mindless action fans enjoying this one much. It isn't able to escape the routine script. There are times that it tries a bit too hard to be a thriller as well as an action flick. I believe that it would have worked much better as merely a mindless action movie. The acting is mediocre, but I'd be surprised if people are primarily checking this one out for the actors. The visuals look good, but the quality of these sequences needed to deliver, but never quite pulled through. Takers should have been at least a bit more entertaining than it ended up being. Perhaps this is still worth a rental for those who are still willing to give it a shot. Otherwise, I advise viewers to avoid this one.

My Rating = One and One Half Stars

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