They put all of these well known actors in a movie just for their name and hope to make a killing at the box office. The cast was put together in that manner and it showed.
~ Purple Reels ~
Everyone seems to follow the hype of the movie craze when a movie is just coming out. When something is fresh and new people jump on it and don't always step back and analyze what really just happened. Takers (2010) seemed to be one of these types of films. The marketing was there and everyone seemed to fall for the hype. The star studded cast consists of Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, Matt Dillon, T.I., Chris Brown, and Zoe Saldana just to name a few. You may remember Idris from Tyler Perry's "Daddy's Little Girls" and Zoe Saldana from Guess Who and more recently James Cameron's "Avatar" (2010). T.I. is not new to the big screen. He also starred in the movie ATL. The movie was Produced by T.I. and Directed by John Luessenhop who also Directed the movie Lockdown(2000).
To say the least Takers looked like a promotional deal. Hollywood is starting to do that for some reason. The main reason being money of course. They put all of these well known actors in a movie just for their name and hope to make a killing at the box office. The cast was put together in that manner and it showed. Chris Brown for one looked out of place in most scenes. He did well in the action scene where he is being chased by the Cops. However some sources say he also had a stunt devil. So much for his kudos!
The best scene was the Hotel scene complete with the violins in the background and silence of the actor's voices. This only enhanced the other parts of the scene. It created a new height of emotion that was catipulted through the massacre of the Russians who had initially come to kill them. This was an excellent scene. Some parts of the dialogue in other scenes were a little far fetched. For instance the scene where the brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) are conversing before they go and confront the cops... that was a bit cheesy. They could have ended the scene a little better as well. Two brothers walk into a parking lot full of cops with their two machine guns and then it ends with a fade to white. It was just not convincing. The last scene that had the audience wondering was when Jake (Michael Ealy) found his fiance Rachel ( Zoe Saldana) layed out "perfectly" on the bar countertop and may I add with no blood present... yet there was a huge bullet wound on her forehead. Just didn't do it for me.
Other than that the movie was great from a Director's standpoint and the shot choices other than the ones stated above were magnificient. The top scene being the Hotel scene towards the end. The movie focus was not on the perfecting of the script it was more so on the glitz and glam, everyone wearing suits and shooting but the words that come out of their mouth for the most part left you wondering. In some scenes there was actually a little too much dialogue honestly. Overall a good film though. Purple Reels gives Takers 3 1/2 stars.
As always remember to be "REEL" and stay on the MOVE!