Films

Takers

August 27th 2010
  • Suspense/Thriller,
  • R,
  • 107 min,
  • Screen Gems
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  • Cast: Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, Zoe Saldana, Matt Dillon, Idris Elba, Chris Brown, T.I., Michael Ealy, Steve Harris, Jay Hernandez, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Johnathon Schaech, Gaius Charles, Zulay Henao, Gideon Emery, Troy Brenna, Gino Anthony Pesi, Ary Katz, Trae Ireland, Roger Stoneburner, Andrei Runtso, Isa Briones, Tony Donno, Daniel Stevens, Noelle Smith, Harrison S. Miller
  • Director: John Luessenhop
  • Writers: John Luessenhop, Avery Duff, Gabriel Casseus, Peter Allen
  • Producer: William Packer
  • Co Producer: Nicolas Stern
  • Associate Producer: George Flynn
  • Executive Producers: Chris Brown, Gabriel Casseus, Morris Chestnut, Glenn S. Gainor, Jason Geter, T.I.
  • Art Direction: Chris Cornwell
  • Castings: Lindsey Hayes Kroeger, David Rapaport
  • Costume Design: Maya Lieberman
  • D.O.P.: Michael Barrett
  • Editor: Armen Minasian
  • Makeup: Douglas Noe
  • Music: Paul Haslinger
  • Production Design: Jon Gary Steele
  • Set Decoration: Dena Roth

Storyline

The story revolves around a notorious group of criminals who continue to baffle police by pulling off perfectly executed bank robberies. They are in and out like clockwork, leaving no evidence behind and laying low in between heists. But when they attempt to pull off one last job with more money at stake than ever before, the crew may find their plans interrupted by a hardened detective who is hell-bent on solving the case.

Basic Information

  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Filming Locations: Los Angeles, USA
  • MPAA Warning: Intense sequences of violence and action, a sexual situation/partial nudity and some language
  • Production Budget: $20 million
  • Production Companies: Screen Gems, Rainforest Films, Grand Hustle Entertainment, Overbrook Entertainment
  • Production Schedule: September 2008 - November 2008

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Trivia

2010 Guide Analysis: "A poor man's rip-off of "Heat"? That's a given and no surprise considering four scribes, none with any real writing credits to their name, were required to cobble together the script. Director John Luessenhop's only previous film was 2000's little seen "Lockdown" with Richard T. Jones, Master P and Sticky Fingaz.

The only real curiosity about this project is the casting and what effect it will have at the box-office. On the one hand there's some quite strong talent here like Zoe Saldana, Matt Dillon, Idris Elba and Marianne Jean-Baptiste. There's also a couple of spunky guys with pretty good acting chops as well like Jay Hernandez, Johnathon Schaech, and the slightly unexpected but welcome inclusion of Paul Walker.

The two however that make this a strange movie couldn't be any more different. On the one hand you have Hayden Christensen, the "Star Wars" actor who has generally kept to arthouse projects aside from 2008's highly panned "Jumper". Despite arguments about his level of talent, the guy is still an above the credits kind of star which makes the skinny white boy's only modestly advertised presence seem both out of place and a step down for him.

The other of course is Chris Brown. While he isn't the only rapper of the cast (T.I. actually looks not half-bad as the bad guy of the piece), he has become a household name for all the wrong reasons in the past year and his presence will no doubt be underplayed as much as possible in the publicity/marketing lead-up to the film's release."

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Worldwide Release Dates

  • 16 April 2010: Brazil, Sweden
  • 6 May 2010: Netherlands
  • 7 May 2010: Poland
  • 14 May 2010: Canada
  • 20 May 2010: Argentina
  • 18 June 2010: Italy
  • 7 October 2010: Germany
  • 8 October 2010: Finland