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  • Actors: Zoe Saldana, Hayden Christensen, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Matt Dillon
  • Directors: John Luessenhop
  • Format: Subtitled, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Hindi, Italian
  • Dubbed: Italian
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Audio Description: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 7 Feb. 2011
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033AGJ4U
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,521 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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This high-stakes action thriller stars Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy and Tip “T.I.” Harris. After pulling off a spectacular series of brilliantly planned bank robberies, a notorious team of professional criminals attempts one last heist, a once-in-a-lifetime job with a $25 million payoff. And all that stands in their way is a cop hell-bent on doing whatever it takes to solve the case and bring the TAKERS down. Chris Brown and Hayden Christensen costar in an adrenaline-rushed thrill ride packed with twists and turns.

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Slick, stylish, and flush with studliness, Takers follows a cadre of thieves as they plot a tricky new heist. The movie has two strengths: it deftly juggles three intertwining plot lines (the mechanics of the heist itself; the maneuvering of the police hunting the thieves; and the scheming of a former member of the gang who feels betrayed) and it walks a fine line between just enough realism to make us care about the thieves (the performances are effectively understated) and just enough absurdity to make everything entertaining (each of the guys has his own fancy car!). It doesn't hurt that the man flesh is all ridiculously handsome (Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Chris Brown, Jan Hernandez, Hayden Christensen, even old-school hunk Matt Dillon) and smashingly tailored in swank suits. And there are a handful of high-energy sequences--including a chase that features zippy parkour climbing stunts through moving traffic--that give the story clichés a nice jolt of pep. All in all, Takers probably won't stick in your memory very long, but it's good fun while it lasts. --Bret Fetzer

Special Features
  • Filmmaker and Cast Commentary
  • "Yeah Ya Know (Takers)" By T.I. - Music Promo

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jules TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Mar. 2011
Format: DVD
I wasn't expecting much going into this film, so my expectations were low which may have helped to be honest, as although it is not going to win any Oscars for acting or camera work, it was still a really enjoyable action heist flick that keeps you in suspense with its action until the end. Heists, shootouts, & double crosses, ensure that film ticks along at a good pace, although you never really have any true empathy for any of the characters in the film, this is certainly one of those films that ranks in the wham, bam, thank you maam, categories in that you will enjoy it for its 1 hour 40 minute run time while it gets your adrenaline pumping, but will soon be forgotten in a week. So take it as it is, and you wont be too disappointed.

The film follows a seasoned group of bank robbers made up of Jesse Attica (Chris Brown), Jake Attica (Michael Ealy), A.J.(Hayden Christensen), Gordon Cozier (Idris Elba) & John Rahway (Paul Walker). They have been making large heists once a year for 5-6 years and have never been caught, living the good life with fast cars & fast woman, however, on this day an old heist buddy who went away in prison after being caught on a job 5-6 years prior, comes back to rustle their feathers. Dalonte Rivers aka Ghost(Tip 'T.I' Harris) comes to them with the plan for one big heist, but feelings are cold between him & the group, plus he lost his girl Lilly (Zoe Saldana)to ex-heist partner Jake, now can they really trust him ?
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By THE MOVIE GUY on 23 Sept. 2013
Format: DVD
The movie starts out like a great action film as a group called "The Takers" pull off an elaborate heist of $2 million from a bank robbery. Meanwhile a cop, who does not use proper police protocol (imagine that in L.A.) is in an apartment building performing a bust. The Takers like fine drink, fine automobiles, fine cigars, and fine women. After the action scene the movie slows down. They exploded the helicopter too soon. Andy Sidaris says it has to be near the end. The cop was unlikable as we root for the bad guys. Unfortunately the movie never picks up to where it was as good as the opening heist. The story had nothing new to offer and I found myself getting bored with it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ekb on 19 April 2011
Format: DVD
With a cast like this you expect a second rate action film, this film meets this criteria exactly. the plot is pretty standard but the direction is excellent. if you don't expect anything then this will be an enjoyable suprise.
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Takers: a Heat remake, or so many say. Yep, it borrows heavily from that plot and several other crime thrillers besides, including a break-out by two of the protagonists clearly lifted from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. It is, however, a good yarn in its own right, with a surprisingly good cast and a few twists (mainly things progressively going more and more wrong) - complete with a British actor cast as a "good" bad guy; an improvement over Hollywood's regular tendency to make the Brit the baddie (unless they put on an American accent or they're Hugh Grant).

The plot revolves around a close-knit band of professional thieves (the eponymous "takers") who pull off intricately planned heists with military precision and preparation until a former member of the group with a grudge reappears on the scene. On top of that, this re-emergence has given Matt Dillon's detective a lead to more and more clues as to the gang and their "off duty" locale. The three elements duck, dive, plot, plan, hunt and pursue each other respective to their roles in life until they collide in a tense climax which, disappointingly perhaps, is easy to see ahead of time what the denouement will be.

On the other hand, it's a pleasing little heist flick with a hint of intrigue and a dash of fun.
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This film has all the makings of a decent film – reasonable actors, a bit of action and some slick direction, but, for some reason, it just never seems to attain the right balance.

It’s about a gang of five robbers who rob places. And, unlike other films where the ‘heroes’ are thieves, these guys simply aren’t that likable. They steal from the rich and that’s about it. Therefore we can’t really root for them. This would be okay, if it didn’t feel like they were trying to be portrayed as decent people (which they’re blatantly not!).

Then, on the other hand, we have the two police officers who are hot on their heels. It would be easy to make them the good guys and the robbers the bad guys. However, these two aren’t much more likeable than their criminal counterparts. Therefore we have no one really to root for. Sure, they all look cool, but we still don’t like them.

Plus the first hour is pretty dull. I was getting quite bored, but at least the last act did save it. The heist is pretty exciting and it saves all the best parts for last.

It’s nothing special, but it’s slightly better than a lot of its contemporaries. If you’re in the mood for a light sort of heist movie then this is it, but I doubt anyone will remember it in a few weeks time!
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