Writer: Peter Allen, Gabriel Casseus, John Luessenhop, Avery Duff (Screenplay)
Starring: Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, Matt Dillon, Michael Ealy, Idris Elba, Steve Harris, T.I. Harris, Jay Hernandez, Paul Walker
Plot: A seasoned team of bank robbers, including Gordon Jennings (Idris Elba), John Rahway (Paul Walker), A.J. (Hayden Christensen), and brothers Jake (Michael Ealy) and Jesse (Chris Brown) Attica successfully complete their latest heist and lead a life of luxury while planning their next job. When Ghost (Tip T.I. Harris), a former member of their team, is released from prison he convinces the group to strike an armoured car carrying $20 million. As the “takers” carefully plot their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals.
Verdict: Slick Heist Film
Story: It can be hard to keep the heist genre fresh because there is always some very simple rules that every film usually follows. The strong leader who has a second who keeps everything together and comical brother pairing, a group of seemingly different people whose skills come together, a determined cop, an old member and the idea this will be the last job but even risker than normal. This follows all the rules without straying to create any originality, saying that these rules are what makes this a good film and why try and change something that is broken. (8/10)
(This is not in order of impotence)
Chris Brown: Jesse the cocky brother and member of the crew who select skill set is never really explained but when he is in trouble he always finds a way out with a brilliant free running scene. Good performance from the controversial singer showing he can be part of an assembled cast. (7/10)
Hayden Christensen: AJ the man who can get his hands on everything, he is good in a fight and his overall charm makes the youngest member of the team crucial. Good performance from the heavily criticised actor. (7/10)
Matt Dillon: Jack the reckless cop who won’t let the case rest until he finds out who was behind the job, leading him to push his daughter away and leave him figuring out everything on his own. Good performance from the ever reliable Dillon. (7/10)
Michael Ealy: Jake the smart brother who keeps both their interests at heart, he plans the details of the job while others get what he needs. Good performance creating a good bond with Chris Brown to create a good brother relationship. (7/10)
Idris Elba: Gordon the leader of the crew, who always keeps the jobs quick and clean with a long enough gap between them all that no one will suspect them. Good performance from Idris showing he is the go to lead coming out of the UK.(8/10)
T.I. Harris: Ghost the former member who is fresh out of jail, who brings the team one more job to make up for his lost time. Good performance creating a very calm persona throughout. (7/10)
Paul Walker: John the calm second in command/advisor to Gordon who keeps everyone together as is usually the go to guy to double check everything before going through with the job. Good performance from Walker showing he is a good member of an ensemble cast. (7/10)
Director Review: John Luessenhop – Good direction to create a good crime thriller that keeps your attention from start to finish. (7/10)
Action: The action doesn’t happen too often but when it does it is all very entertaining. (7/10)
Crime: Good crimes heist thriller elements used throughout. (9/10)
Thriller: Keeps you wondering what will happen next to all the characters. (8/10)
Settings: Good settings used mainly all LA which works for the busyness of the moments. (7/10)
Suggestion: This is one that all the fans of the genre should see, but I feel more people should try it they will enjoy what they see. (Try)
Best Part: The Free Running Escape.
Worst Part: No real originality.
Action Scene Of The Film: Free run escape.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: No
Post Credits Scene: No
Similar Too: Ocean’s Eleven
Oscar Chances: No
Box Office: $69 Million
Budget: $32 Million
Runtime: 1 Hour 47 Minutes
Tagline: Money doesn’t count
Overall: Enjoyable Crime Thriller