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The Take (2010)

Tom Hardy , Brian Cox , David Drury  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Tom Hardy, Brian Cox, Kierston Wareing, Shaun Evans, Charlotte Riley
  • Directors: David Drury
  • Format: Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: BFS Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: April 20, 2010
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036X491O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,168 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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He's got Family, he's got Power...but he's got Issues!

In a crime family saga set in 1984 and spanning 10 years, The Take stars Tom Hardy (RocknRolla, Bronson) as violent gangster Freddie Jackson and Brian Cox (Troy, The Bourne Supremacy) as devious crime boss Ozzy. Just released from a 4-year stretch in jail, Freddie is now a free man who plans to take the London criminal world by storm. As he lunges into a psychotic rampage of murder and betrayal, his wife Jackie (Kierston Wareing - Fish Tank) becomes increasingly unstable, made worse by the actions of her sister Maggie (Charlotte Riley - Wuthering Heights) who is in love with Freddie's cousin, Jimmy (Shaun Evans - The Situation). If you are a Jackson, then trust no one, because everybody is on The Take in this exciting, uncompromising adaptation of the bestselling crime thriller by Martina Cole.

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41 of 41 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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24 of 28 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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8 of 8 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Super disturbing in a good way. February 25, 2013
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Tom Hardy always gives us good psycho but in this case he takes crazy to a whole new level. The rest of the cast is absolutely at their best also which makes for a very addictive miniseries. I couldn't stop watching until we got all the way through and then I started it back at the beginning so I could watch it again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS MOVIE!!! August 31, 2012
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I ordered it recently and I can't stop watching it. Yes Tom Hardy (with his fine self) does an excellent job as well as the rest of the cast. I am totally impressed with Charlotte Riley. It was heart-wrenching to see her play a woman who'd been through so much (and had to keep it a secret) and over time even more tragedy comes into her life (sorry don't want to reveal too much). There is definitely the Mobster-thing going on...but also it's as if you're watching what is so true to real life. We've all seen elements of this movie in one way or the other. For instance (what I will reveal is...) "Freddie" having access to so many women, but wanting someone he can't get. We see this kind of thing all the time in the real world. I wished that it had subtitles. I can't understand some of the English accents. It is also noteworthy to acknowledge the acting of "Little Freddie" and "Jimmy". "Jimmy" (Maggie's husband) goes from a relative "good guy" to a true gangster and enforcer (especially after their tragedy).
Yes, there were some violent moments, but when you watch it, you realize that they could have showed alot more than what they actually did. For instance, why "Jackie" ended up injured at the hospital, and what happened between "Maggie" and "Freddie" could have been shown longer and with more details. So this movie holds back a lot after you watch'll see that. I really really wish it was longer.
Tom Hardy is good, but I hope he doesn't get too big in this industry...that "Hollywood Machine" seems to entice (some people survived better than others) people, then chew them up...and spit them out. After watching my opinion'll wish the series was longer and with more details. At the very can see that there is a possibility for a continuation...but no. The main character is no longer there and it would not be the same without him. As I said, great movie!!!
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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 13 days 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 1 month 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 2 months ago by Dena J Giacomazzo
5.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hardy rocks!
Tom hardy nails it once again. This magnificent actor steals the show. Great cast and very gritty. Very highly recommended
Published 2 months ago by Elaine Tivnan
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Great Great
This mini-series consummed me. I hate there were only four episodes. I could watch this series for years. Tom Hardy is Brilliant, as always.
Published 5 months ago by Lilly Dixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Tom Hardy Strikes Again !!!
It was a fantastic series, Tom Hardy played this part to a T. He is an incredible actor and for that, I bought this I would recommend this to anyone looking to see him in all he... Read more
Published 6 months ago by chvedder
5.0 out of 5 stars must watch this movie tom hardy is so goood sy being bad
The take is mmyvvery favorite movie tom hardy is fantastic I love this movieand I am a tom hardy fanatic now ade want to see ee everything he is in.....
Published 7 months ago by tonia russell
5.0 out of 5 stars The Take
Once again Tom Hardy shines. His acting abilities are amazing. He becomes his character! Charolette Riley fantastic! Gripping storyline. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Vickster
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Ol' British Know How
I bought this series based on a recommendation by a friend and then after reading the reviews. I concur The series is gritty and riveting. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Eland
5.0 out of 5 stars Take
I loved the episodes! I thought it was well written and I loved Tom Hardy. He was amazing as Freddy. The other cast was great too.
Published 9 months ago by rhonda
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