UPDATE: Takers Takes #1

It’s been brought to my attention that “Takers” took the number one spot this weekend at the box office. Yesterday, I reported that the heist film was #2, but it looks like final totals were updated and “Takers” edged out “The Last Exorcism” by a hair. Congrats to Takers for not only exceeding expectations, but also for topping the weekend. 🙂

Film Fridays pt. 2: My Take On Takers

Technically, it’s not Friday, but let’s just pretend for the sake of this post. lol As promised, I saw Takers, and there’s much to talk about.

If I had to describe Takers in one word, I would simply say that this movie was FLY.  Immediately after the opening scene, I was hit with a series of shots highlighting the glitz and glam of Los Angeles. Whoever styled the characters in this movie, especially Hayden Christensen, did a fantastic job!

My love for Hayden definitely went up a level after watching Takers. He was the epitome of fly, and definitely played more of a major role in the film than I anticipated along with T.I.

Speaking of T.I., I cannot forget about the stylishly tailored suits worn by him, Idris Elba, Michael Ealy, and Paul Walker. These guys’ clothes were so nice that throughout most of the movie my attention was drawn more to the characters’ looks and dress than to the actual plot. lol Is that a bad thing? I don’t think so. Let’s face it… You don’t get an ensemble cast of Hollywood’s most beautiful men, so that people will see the movie for the story. Just sayin…..

Anyways….

Because this is the opening weekend for Takers, I will not give away the plot. However, I will commend T.I. on his performance as Ghost, a former “taker” and convicted felon, whose gamble plays a major role throughout the film. Also, T.I.’s  really not too shabby of an actor, and got to show off plenty of acting chops in this movie. I also want to applaud Chris Brown for his running and jumping skills. Even the audience whooped and hollered for him as he dashed through L.A. traffic, which everyone knows is DANGEROUS. lol

Side note: I never paid attention to Idris Elba until this movie. Now, Mr. Elba will definitely be on my watch. 😉

Anyways, if I had to sum up Takers in a  four line review, I would simply say……

“Filled with enough style, action, and drama, Takers is your classic heist film. With a star-studded ensemble cast, Takers does not have enough time to develop a backstory for each individual character. However, the  overall storyline does allow the audience to experience a fun-filled ride that for the most part seems neither rushed nor forced. And, if there’s one message that Takers is going to leave you with by its end, it’s that money is always up for the taking.”

Check it out! It’s always fun to root for the bad guys. lol

p.s. Shout out to T.I. and Michael Ealy for also helping to produce the film. There’s a reason this “mainstream” movie has a lot of black faces…. 😉

Film Fridays: Who wants to be taken?

I do!

As some of you may know, today marks the opening of Takers, a movie about a group of bank robbers and their last job. Honestly, I am only seeing this film tonight because of its ensemble cast. Michael Ealy, Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen, Idris Elba, Zoe Saldana, Chris Brown, T.I., Matt Dillon, and Jay Hernandez all star in this action-packed heist genre film. Despite its big name cast, Takers, has been receiving mostly negative reviews. Personally, I could care less what reviews are out there for a film if I’ve already mustered up the interest to see it. And, with this many beautiful people in one movie, my shallow side has done enough for a ticket purchase. lol Not to mention, I am simply a Hayden Christensen and Michael Ealy fan. I haven’t seen either of them in anything for a while, so it will be nice to see them on the big screen. I also don’t mind if the movie doesn’t have much of a plot or character development. The Expendables failed in those areas, but still managed to bring the entertainment. So, we’ll see. After I watch the movie, expect a full review from me. I’ll be sure to let you know if Takers is worth the 12 bucks. 😉

Here’s the trailer for Takers.

Also….

As promised, I thought long and hard about what movie to recommend for the weekend. Because Takers is about a group of bank robbers, I’d say Ocean’s 11 would be a good flick for the weekend. And, no, I’m not talking about the George Clooney, Brad Pitt version. I’m talking about the original “Eee-O Eleven,” starring America’s own Rat Pack. For those of you, who do not know the movie, I can only hope that the names Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin,  Peter Lawford, and Sammy Davis Jr. ring some sort of bell. If they don’t, then perhaps it’s not a bad idea for you to consider the 1960 classic. I promise it’s entertaining.

And because, I’m so nice and thoughtful, here is the video on YouTube to part 1 of the film. Some people are opposed to watching movies on YouTube, BUT I think that everyone should take advantage. As a Film and Media Studies major in college, I don’t know what I would’ve done without YouTube. America’s film history is all over the site. I say make a playlist of some of you fave movies, sit back, relax, and enjoy the show – all from your computer. With that said, Blockbusters and movie rentals still manage to exist across the country. I’m sure you can find Ocean’s 11. Enjoy!

p.s. If you don’t like credits, fast forward to the 3 minute mark. 😉

Also, if these old school films, don’t entertain you, don’t worry! I’ll be sure to switch up the decades of recommendations. There are plenty of more recent movies to go around. lol

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