TAKING IS WHAT THEY DO

TAKERS (2010)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Takers follows a group of professional robbers whose lives are interrupted by the release of one of their former ally, Ghost, who got caught after he was shot. Ghost’s appearance brings another job to them – the heist of $30 million from an armoured car. Even though some members are wary of Ghost, they take the job anyway not knowing that the detectives are closing on to them from their previous heist.

The movie boasts quite a cast – Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Hayden Christensen, Chris Brown, Tip ‘T.I’ Harris and Matt Dillion. I think for this kind of “heist movies”, you mostly watch to see how the heist goes and what they do to avoid capture. In this case, it was arrogance and carelessness that led to their exposed identities. The final heist was interesting because one chase led to the other and there were so many guns!

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LOVE AND LIFE IN NYC

NEW YORK, I LOVE YOU (2009)
– 3 out of 5 stars

Caught New York, I Love You some time back, but I didn’t feel much love at all.

Like its predecessor Paris Je t’aime, it is an anthology film that joins several love stories in New York. Featuring stars like Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Shia LeBeouf, Ethan Hawke, Hayden Christensen, Anton Yelchin, Bradley Cooper, Maggie Q and Shu Qi – it is an ensemble you would want to see onscreen. The Ethan Hwake/Maggie Q segment made me blush cos Ethan Hawke was speaking really awkward stuff. Some other segments just made me feel more ‘lust’ than ‘love’.

I only liked two stories, which were directed by Brett Ratner and Joshua Marston. Brett Ratner directed this segment about a guy’s prom night after being ditched by his girlfriend (a 10-second appearance by Blake Lively). It ended up being the best night of his life – with his useful belt. Joshua Marston directed the segment where an old couple celebrates their 60th anniversary and rediscovers love for each other. Awww…

Anyway, I liked Paris Je t’aime better. Each segment brought out the theme better and there’s Gaspard Ulliel! I can still remember he charmed me the moment his messy hair, grey singlet, lit cigarette appeared onscreen. Not to mention he speaks smouldering French. Oohlala.