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 Attica (Chris Brown) 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 armored car carrying $20 million. As the "Takers" carefully plot out their strategy and draw nearer to exacting the grand heist, a reckless police officer (Matt Dillon) inches closer to apprehending the criminals.
Rap culture and inner city gangs are the setting of this movie that glorifies the world of underground crime. Sex, drugs, and rap permeate this movie where bank robbers are the heroes. In this twist on the cops and robbers theme, the gangsters are the hero and the foes include rival gangs and the cops. It is bank robbers against the world, how will they win and more importantly survive where morality tries to step in and ruin all the fun.
Takers earned a PG-13 by the MPAA for intense sequences of violence and action. They also cited a sexual situation and partial nudity, accompanied by episodes of inappropriate language as the reason for their rating. As a parent, there is nothing PG-13 about this movie, unless you happen to be a parent who thinks that inner city gangs make a fine role model. Yes, it may not have crossed lines according to the MPAA, technically, but it crossed many lines for me as a parent.
The first line that it crossed is that the theme that criminals are the heroes. Next, lets address the number bullets, guns, explosions, assassinations and other forms of violence. Thirdly, this movie did not make the cut for being rated an R in terms of sexual content, but give me a break; there were enough strong suggestions both in imagery, language, and other forms to make this an R in my book. Is this the way mothers want their teenage daughters to act, I think not!
This movie is a bad example for teens all the way around. With all of these political agendas floating around about ending gang violence, teen pregnancy, the spread of HIV and organized crime, it is hard to believe that they allowed a movie that glorifies all of these things. I am aware that I just stepped on Freedom of Speech, so they do have a right to make it, and we also have a right not to go see it. Yes, this movie will have a fan following. My advice, if your teenager wants to see this movie, make them wait until they are 18 and they can make their own decision. Letäó»s not even talk about taking younger children to this one.