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The Take (2009) (2012)

Shaun Evans , Charlotte Riley , David Drury  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Shaun Evans, Charlotte Riley, Kierston Wareing
  • Directors: David Drury
  • Writers: Neil Biswas, Martina Cole
  • Producers: Mary Alleguen, Helen Flint, Willow Grylls
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #122,902 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Planning to take the London criminal world by storm, Freddie (Tom Hardy - The Dark Knight Rises) lunges into a psychotic rampage of murder and betrayal. With strings being pulled from prison by crime boss Ozzy (Brian Cox - Red, The Bourne Supremacy), paranoia and simmering jealousy make trusting anyone a lethal mistake.

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42 of 42 people found the following review helpful
In the 2009 British miniseries "The Take," actor Tom Hardy found the perfect role to announce that he was a major talent. While Hardy has been kicking around in various projects since 2001, he was largely known to the arthouse crowd for Nicolas Winding Refn's 2008 "Bronson" before his showy turn in "Inception" pushed him into a larger international spotlight. But for me, the quintessential star-making performance on Hardy's resume has got to be this chilling four part crime saga. Blending elements of gangster melodrama with domestic dysfunction, Hardy leads an exemplary cast in a familiar story of loyalty, betrayal, and retribution. I won't necessarily say that "The Take" is revelatory or even particularly unique in the realm of crime drama, but I will say that it is spectacularly entertaining! And credit must be given to Hardy and his co-stars for elevating what might have been a routine drama into something altogether riveting and unmissable. In case you can't tell, I loved "The Take!"

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.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Dark Knight Rises' Rising Star November 7, 2010
Please don't mistake the title of this review as meaning Tom Hardy is indebted in any way to being affiliated with the new Batman movie or for Inception on that matter because his career before coming to international commercial film stems from strong efforts made before doing those movies. The Take was filmed a year before Inception and Bronson was filmed a year before The Take, in both of these acting outings, Hardy demonstrates a terrifying sense of grittiness and psychopathic derange that its hard to believe he was the same actor who gave us the emotionally leveled and comical Eames.

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.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Next Deniro/Pacino? October 20, 2011
By James
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Tom Hardy is magnificent in this short TV series. I'm not knocking the great supporting cast, they are all good, especially the two female leads, but Hardy's perfomance steals every scene he is in. Based on a best selling book by Martina Cole, this is a mash-up of The Sopranos and The Town, with amazing drama and acting, but takes place on the other side of the pond. Hardy is well on his way to being a big name star.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last! The Take for Region 1! December 2, 2010
By Margo
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I bought this dvd set when it was only available in Region 2 (UK). I had heard great things about it and I had seen Bronson and RocknRolla. This is a brilliant miniseries, starring an ensemble cast that includes Tom Hardy (Inception, Bronson) and Brian Cox. The story line takes place over a decade when mob bosses went from old school to new. The lead character, Freddie, comes out of prison all set to resume his climb up the ladder when he discovers the new school is in charge. Freddie is a psychopath, but there are redeeming features to him. His sense of fair play is admirable but has lethal consequences. He is a "might makes right" kind of guy. His depth of anger at disloyalty is taken out not only on those who have cut him down but on those his betrayers love. He is at once a tender loving husband and father (he has two sons ... but can't say more) and a hurtful, neglectful abuser There is so much to enjoy about this series, it's a shame I can't tell more without writing a SPOILER. The performances are electric, especially Hardy's. There is violence, but it's not gratuitous. This is not the Brit version of The Sopranos. It has quite a different treatment on the theme "Mobsters Are People, Too." Do see this; it is excellent. Exciting, suspenseful, with an emotional core. An added attraction: the surprise ending!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
tom hardy fans will luv. raw harsh
Published 6 days ago by kathy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Cannot get enough of Tom Hardy
Published 1 month ago by Kelly Marzolf
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Badass mini-series!
Published 1 month ago by Jose Luna
4.0 out of 5 stars The plot twists made for great viewing.
I initially purchased The Take because I am a long-standing Shaun Evans fan. Was pleasantly surprised by the outstanding performances from all the cast. Read more
Published 2 months ago by J. bird
1.0 out of 5 stars Dreadful
One insufferable series of clichés right to the very end: they're bad to the core, they're consonant challenged and will remain that way, the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by SEN
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic English Sopranos
The show needed more episodes,hated to see it go.Tom Hardy/Charlotte Riley/Shaun Evans.Martina Cole were the best.
I also purchased the DVDS to watch later.
Published 4 months ago by John Eells
4.0 out of 5 stars Dark Mind
Of only opportunity for at least two generations screened, a family sustains living standards from crimes neither be mostly solved nor be punished for. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Michael Kerjman
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
I'm in love with Tom Hardy, He really looked and acted like a coke head EXCELLET I must say..Wish it was a movie that way we would have known what happened in the years... Read more
Published 6 months ago by John
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool Brit Gangster
First of all, Tom Hardy, there you go, second of all very cool British gangster movie. Fast paced and very violent and language that would make a Longshoreman blush. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hardy is amazing!
Tom Hardy is amazing!! It was a pleasure watching him as Freddie!! Sexy and scary all in one amazing performance!
Published 8 months ago by Dena J Giacomazzo
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