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Before They Were Stars!
August 27th, 2010
Director: John Luessenhop
Starring: Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy, T.I., Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen
Here’s my pitch: forget the EpiPen, or even your five hour energy drink. If you want a boost of adrenaline, just go and check out the latest action-crime flick, Takers. I don’t know what else to say. Minus the few faults, the project shoots its strong points at you with full force, letting you delve into a twisting plot with tons of knee-jumping moments.
In this Ocean’s Eleven-vibe we find a group of ace robbers who complete bank heists with flawless technique. But when one of their own named Ghost (played by T.I.), finishes his jail sentence and comes out looking to lure them into one final mother-load of all heists, the group finds themselves up against a hard-nosed detective and his partner, and basically more than they can handle.
Led by Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, Michael Ealy, and Chris Brown, the band of 21st century thieves constantly enjoy the spoils of their loot, wearing flashy GQ suits and sipping nothing but single-malt scotch. But it’s funny how they still decide to always give ten percent to charity, just to show that they’re good guys at heart. So are they 1/10th Robin Hood? Maybe.
Besides the flashy appearances one thing that this movie has going for it is a nice combination of intense action sequences mixed with some dramatic-comedy. You’ll see the smooth robberies, exploding streets, and bullets flying combined with some ballsy dialogue, and funny lines to give the sense that these guys actually have a brotherhood together. The abundance of thrills will definitely give you the jitters. For example, seeing Chris Brown running away from a few cops after a heist and literally jumping over cars for a good five minutes like Spiderman on steroids. Definitely impressive enough.
Unfortunately, the film falls flat on its face with the story-line, which seems to be jumping all over the place. Instead of sticking to the main plot of the big heist, it skips around multiple subplots that just become a distraction. Thanks to that, and a few cheesy scenes and directive moves, the film isn’t anything spectacular, but it’ll serve as a fun, blood-pumping flick to catch during the summer.
Best Moment: The massive slow-mo shoot-out scene at the end. Pretty intense.