ANDREW COLLINS: FILM OF THE DAY PREMIERE Takers★★★ 9.00-11.10pm C5
Idris Elba has not always chosen well as his TV cred has hardened into Hollywood stock. For every Marvel film and Mandela on his swollen post-Wire CV, there’s a placeholder thriller like No Good Deed or Obsessed. An improvement on both, Takers is an efficient, lock-and-load heist thriller from the director of Texas Chainsaw 3D with a decent ensemble cast. As the British leader of a crew planning to rob armoured cars carrying $20 million, Elba seems less comfortable in his own accent than when he’s doing American, but he has the requisite cool, as do pop stars Chris Brown and Tip “TI” Harris, and the late Paul Walker. Matt Dillon brings gravitas as the peskily determined detective, and the whole thing has the feel of an LA-set, predominantly African-American Ocean’s Eleven. Gunfire, explosions, hip-hop, it’s slick and committee-written, but will while away two hours of an evening. I look forward to hearing Elba’s voice as Shere Khan in the upcoming Jungle Book.