By M. Scott Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
It’s hard to know who to pull for in the new heist movie, “Takers.”
The criminals are a stylish bunch. Led by Gordon (Idris Elba), the gang pulls off an almost perfect bank robbery in the beginning of the film
Their usual plan is to keep a low profile for about a year between jobs, but an old member of the group, Ghost (Tip “T.I.” Harris), gets out of prison with a plan that Gordon and the rest of the crew can’t turn down.
While the thieves are planning their heist, Jack (Matt Dillon) is sacrificing his family life and his health so he can find a way to put the gang behind bars.
This switching back and forth from points of view heightens the tension and the action, and it left me pulling for both the cops and the robbers. It also sets up a satisfying ending that avoids Hollywood clichés, which isn’t easy to do.
There are some trouble spots with the film, and they start almost immediately during the getaway from the opening bank job. Their escape is clever, too clever. It strains belief and pulls the viewer out of the action.
In addition, the chase between Jesse (Chris Brown) and the cops had me wondering how long the filmmakers planned to drag this scene out. It’s one of those chases where real-world consequences cease to apply, and it interrupts the flow of the story.
And this is a minor quibble, but “Takers” is an ensemble film, where we get to know a lot of characters. Why, then, are they named Jesse, Jack, Jake, John and A.J.? What’s wrong with Jesse, Bill, Ted, Lou and K.C.?
All in all, “Takers” is a stylish, good time at the movies. I give it a B.
It’s showing at Malcos in Tupelo, Oxford, Corinth and Columbus, as well as Hollywood Premier Cinemas in Starkville.
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Kelli Karlson with Wizard 106.7 gives “Takers” a B plus. “I had a blast.”