DVD: Takers (12)

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This charmless, humourless tale of perfidy among bank robbers makes you long for the likes of Judge Reinhold's bumbling detective in Beverly Hills Cop.

Idris Elba (excellent in The Wire, wasted here) leads an unmerry band of LA thieves (among them Hayden Christensen and Paul Walker) who are persuaded into one last big heist by Ghost (played by rapper T.I.), a former member of the crew. Poor Matt Dillon mumbles and stumbles around in the background as a cop on their tails. An underwritten ("You're not going to go down with me on this one") and unwelcome thriller, in which women feature very little and no-one escapes unscathed.

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