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Film: Takers

Takers is a 2010 crime/action movie starring Idris Elba, Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Michael Ealy, T.I. Harris, Hayden Christensen, Jay Hernandez, Chris Brown and Zoe Saldana. A crew of criminals led by Gordon Cozier(Elba) pull off a successful Los Angeles bank heist in broad daylight. Before they can enjoy the money, "Ghost"(T.I.), a former member who got caught in a job and gets out of prison after five years. He tells them he got info from Russian mobsters about an armored car carrying 20 million dollars. Even though Ghost didn't rat them out while in jail, the others are not sure they can trust him. Meanwhile, a pair of detectives(Dillon and Hernandez) investigating the first robbery, are hot on their trail.

Takers provides examples of the following tropes:

  • All-Star Cast: Just look at the list above.
  • Anyone Can Die: Only two of the six characters in the poster live to the end of the film, one of whom probably died offscreen after getting shot a few times.
  • Badass in a Nice Suit: The whole crew.
  • Book Ends: The first and last exchange between Cozier and Rahway are exactly the same, albeit the lines are switched the second time around.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Ghost betrays every single person he works with for the heist and ends up manipulating a majority of them into getting killed.
  • Cool Hat: AJ always wears a porkpie hat.
  • Cool Bike: Jesse.
  • Cowboy Cop: Welles.
  • Dirty Cop: "Hatch" is caught on video letting a suspect go and stealing drug money in order to pay his mortgage and his son's medical bills.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Gordon Cozier cares deeply for his sister Naomi, even though she complicates things for him due to her drug addictions.
  • Evil Brit: Gordon Cozier.
  • From Bad to Worse: After Eddie gets shot and killed, everything spirals out of control for all the main characters.
  • "Hey, You!" Haymaker: Rahway does this to a guard during the armored car robbery.
  • Kick the Dog: Even if she did cheat on him, Ghost had absolutely no reason for killing Lilly and leaving her corpse for Jake to find.
  • Kill the Cutie: Lilly.
  • Le Parkour: Chris Brown demonstrates this in a long foot chase from the cops through downtown Los Angeles.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Ghost.
  • Mexican Standoff: At the end between Gordon, Ghost and Welles.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Invoked with Eddie, who lets Jesse kill him so he'll go down as a cop who was killed in the line of duty, as opposed to a Dirty Cop who got sent to prison for stealing drug money.
  • Senseless Sacrifice: Justified with A.J. He had already been wounded by a shotgun and probably would've bled out anyway, so he sacrificed himself to try and take out the attacking Russians. He fails.
  • Suicide by Cop:
    • Inverted with Eddie, who forces Jesse to shoot and kill him after it was revealed that he was a Dirty Cop.
    • Played straight with Jesse and Jake, who charge into a crowd of policemen carrying shotguns and are immediately cut down.
  • Those Two Bad Guys: Jake and Jesse Attica.
  • Title Drop: Idris Elba improvised the line that became the title.
    Gordon: We're takers gents. That's what we do for a living. We take.
  • Unflinching Walk: After the opening heist, the crew casually walk away from a stolen helicopter that they set to explode.
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