Matt Dillon stars in this armored car heist flick, not to be confused with Armored
, Dillon's other heist flick from last December. Idris Elba and Zoe Saldana play members of a group of guns-for-hire, as they did in The Losers
. But when it comes to derivation, Takers
is a poor man's (and actor's) Heat
, both of them sprawling, L.A.-based crime thrillers in which robbers live a glamorous, dangerous life on the edge while the cops on their trail cope with personal troubles along the path to professional heroics. The four credited screenwriters who were apparently needed to pen all those shootouts, camera-in-a-blender foot chases and slow-motion montages present an unreality cut from the Grand Theft Auto
cloth. Even through its air of inevitability, the film still remains relatively watchable until the thrown-together final act, which dissolves into a mélange of contrivance, overcooked machismo and misplaced martyrdom. It, like the film as a whole, has more bullets than brains.