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The Take (2009)
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The series has an intimacy sometimes lacking from big crime epics as the action really centers on a handful of primary characters over the course of many years. Hardy and Shaun Evans play cousins whose respective partners also happen to be sisters. While not immediate family, per se, they are as close as any brothers. Adapted from Martina Cole's novel, the story (set in the eighties) follows the boys as they ascend to heights of power within the criminal underworld. Hardy is the charismatic and impetuous powder keg, while Evans is the more methodical partner. They are working for an imprisoned crime boss, played by the always reliable Brian Cox, but each has aspirations for something more.Read more ›
The story of The Take inherits many themes and ideas from Once Upon A Time In America but reinvisions the two rising brother gangsters dynamic in a harsher, more nightmarish British reality. Hardy plays a borderline psychopath who is forged from the harshest steely performances of Pacino's Scarface and Brando's Stanley Kowalski.
Brian Cox makes a surprise return to the manipulating mastermind from the cell as the crime boss who brought up the two main characters. The story arcs across four episodes and devolves into a vicious character study about a man who is at one point aptly described as a "cancer" to the lives of everyone around him, especially his loved ones. Characters change dramatically under extremely tragic circumstances and power shifts unexpectedly between players.
Kierston Wareing who plays the wife is incredibly evocative of Lorraine Bracco of GoodFellas except evolves maybe just a little further than her love for a monster would allow as in Scorsese's film.
The drama is powerful, the story is gripping and worthy of cinematic adaptation, and the acting is what elevates it to the best of what british crime dramas has to offer.Read more ›
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Tom was so despicable but I couldn't turn away from him. He's definitely one to watch. I expect great things from this young man.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
Love Tom Hardy! This is one of his first shows -- he looks so young. All of the other actors are top notch! Really dramatic story.Published 7 months ago by K. Christie
love it love it love it. I have already watched it 3 times in a very short period of time. Tom Hardy is off the charts. Love him. What a great show.Published 7 months ago by Kris Mack
Thus was my first Tim hardey movie . I found him to be a very intriguing actor . By the time warrior came along I he is prob my favorite versital male actor- and insanity hotPublished 7 months ago by Stephany m olander