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The Take (2009)

4.7 out of 5 stars 62 customer reviews

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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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  • 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
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  • Studio: Bfs Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: August 28, 2012
  • Run Time: 178 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B008JLETMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #42,029 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on December 30, 2011
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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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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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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 it...you'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 this...in my opinion ofcourse...you'll wish the series was longer and with more details. At the very end...you 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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