A Forgotten Idris Elba Movie Is About To Leave Netflix

By Jacqueline Lindenberg | 3 months ago

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Idris Elba has reached a high level of success not just on a national level, but globally over the course of his career. Elba has had huge roles in films such as The Suicide Squad and Pacific Rim. The talented actor has also appeared on a famous British television series titled Luther that garnered him and the series critical acclaim. However, one of Elba’s films that isn’t entirely talked about too much is leaving Netflix on March 1st. Takers was an action thriller that was released back in 2010, and had a list of outstanding actors that were part of the project. So, let’s not waste time and jump into the reasons why this film is a must watch before it takes a hiatus from Netflix.

Idris Elba was cast in the 2010 action film alongside Matt Dillon, Zoe Saldana, and Paul Walker. A few artists from the music industry also had roles in the film, including Chris Brown and T.I. The film centers around a rather intriguing plot meant to keep audiences hooked from beginning to end. The story follows a group of intelligent and experienced bank robbers. The leader of the group, named Gordon Cozier, is played by none other than Idris Elba. Other members of the group include John (Paul Walker), Jesse Attica (Chris Brown), Jake Attica (Michael Ealy), and AJ (Hayden Christensen). T.I played the character of Ghost, who was a former member of the group of bank robbers and who recently was released from time in prison. The film follows the group as they attempt highly organized bank robberies while trying to not get caught by a duo of detectives. The detectives were played by Matt Dillon and Jay Hernandez. The film itself is quite incredibly well shot with great set design and filming tactics. However, just that alone didn’t make critics give high ratings of the movie itself.

The reception of the film starring Idris Elba and a list of A list actors and other artists couldn’t seem to convince critics to absolutely love the film. Overall, there seemed to be mixed reviews. There were aspects of the film that were easy to love, and other parts that were hard to like. The action sequences were filmed very well and were able to hold the audience’s attention. And most of the actors’ performances were applaudable. One reviewer stated in The Independent Critic, “Among the crew, Elba and Brown shine most brightly with performances that are electric and intense.” Although the writing might not be Oscar worthy, the acting performances make the film and story come to life. Takers had a budget of $32 million and raked in almost $70 million in the box office. 

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Idris Elba in Takers (2010)

Idris Elba was one of the main stars in the film, and has a strong portfolio of work under his belt. He began his acting career in London, England, and flew to stardom with his portrayal of DCI John Luther in the drama series titled Luther. He transitioned from the role and even delved into the superhero universe, appearing in films such as Thor and Avengers: Infinity War. Back in 2016, Elba was named one of the Most Influential People in the World on the Time 100 list. Although the actor has proven his ability to take on multiple roles and characters, the star has other passions besides acting. In fact, Elba recently has discussed his interest in the music industry. According to People, Elba discussed his new pursuits in an interview with Vanity Fair. The actor began discussing his goals to transition from acting to music, and how it would be hard to balance both careers. “It’s very difficult to shoot a movie and then go off into the studio or make a song.” No matter which career path Elba decides to take, there is no doubt he will be successful. 

Takers is one of the films that is great to watch if you need a break from reality. For fans of action, this is the perfect film to watch. And anything that stars Idris Elba in it, there is no doubt that his performance will be incredible and worth a watch. The movie can currently be streamed on Netflix, but only until March 1st. On Rotten Tomatoes, Takers has an audience score of 62% and on IMDB, has a score of 6.2.