Most of the movies coming out today are about criminals who are in jail or criminals who refuse to be taken alive. Plenty of belated gift ideas for paroled Uncle Pete!
It's a shame that Takers was delayed as much as it was. Maybe if it had come out a few years ago, like it was supposed to, it wouldn't have been preposterously compared to The Expendables, the movie it's supposed to knock out of the number-one spot this weekend. But director John Luessenhop's (Lockdown) son got sick five years ago, and cast members Tyrese Gibson and Terrence Howard moved on to other things, and once the producers finally pulled everything together and made the movie, rapper and star T.I. was arrested on weapons charges, pushing back the release date. (The arrest of co-star Chris Brown may have further delayed it.) So now we've got a movie with the smell of age on it, and the sharks are in the water. But, while it's not a great movie by any stretch of the imagination, it has some great moments, and is a lot better than I thought it would be. Here are just a few of the things that make this bare-bones heist movie worth seeing.