"L.A. Cops and Robbers"
What You Need To Know:
TAKERS is fairly entertaining, despite some bad photography and an unresolved ending. Several good performances hold the movie together. Regrettably, the high living bank robbers are a bit too glamorous. There is also plenty of foul language, a Jacuzzi scene and very strong violence.
(PaPa, B, LLL, VVV, S, N, A, DD, MM) Strong mixed pagan worldview that makes a band of bank robbers a bit too glamorous at times, mitigated by moral elements regarding the sympathetic police detective tracking them down; about 64 obscenities (including three possible muffled “f” words), 12 strong profanities and one light profanity; very strong violence includes much gunfire, violent bank robbery, slow motion shootout between gangs in hotel, police chase robber on foot through crowds and office building, thieves shoot at police and armored car guards, people shot, implied murder of girl by jealous former boyfriend, explosions rip large hole in street, two armored cars fall into large hole in street, explosion blows up helicopter; implied sex when nude man enters Jacuzzi with two women, prostitute shown on a street and engaged couple share a long kiss; rear male nudity in one scene and man shown in tight underwear in another scene; alcohol use; smoking and woman has a drug problem and gets arrested; and, stealing, betrayal, bank robbery, armored car robbery, lying, crooks scare innocent bystanders, and cop steals money to pay for son’s dialysis while wife is unemployed but is caught.
TAKERS is a frenetic crime thriller about a Los Angeles police detective trying to take down a sophisticated, gun-toting band of urban, mixed-race bank robbers.
The action starts with a slick robbery of a Cal Fed bank where the robbers commandeer a news helicopter to make their planned getaway. They are doggedly pursued by Detective Jack Welles, played by the always reliable Matt Dillon.
As Welles and his troubled partner, Eddie, track down the thieves, one of their old buddies gets out of jail with a plan to steal $25 million from two armored cars. The heist has to be done in five days, however. This violates their method of lying low for a least a year between heists, but these thieves are pretty cocky dudes. So, they decide to go for the big score.
Complicating the new plan are the leader’s junkie sister, who wants to return to their original home in the Caribbean. Detective Welles is able to track down the leader through her. Also complicating matters are a Russian gang secretly in cahoots with the old friend recently released from jail, who obviously can’t be trusted.
TAKERS is a fairly entertaining crime drama, despite some bad photography and an unresolved ending. Several good performances hold the movie together. Regrettably, the high living bank robbers are a bit too glamorous. There is also plenty of foul language, a brief Jacuzzi scene with two women and a naked man, and very strong violence. The sympathetic character of Matt Dillon’s police detective helps to hold down MOVIEGUIDE®’s acceptability rating to a Minus Two, Extreme Caution.