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The Take

4.7 out of 5 stars 61 customer reviews

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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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  • 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.)
  • 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 (61 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0036X491O
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #132,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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