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The Take

2008

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3.7 out of 5 stars (27) IMDb 5.8/10

After surviving a violent hijacking, an armored car driver struggles with a painful recovery and his growing obsession with avenging his assailants in this action thriller.

Starring:
John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson
Runtime:
1 hour, 39 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Drama, Action
Director Brad Furman
Starring John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson
Supporting actors Rosie Perez, Bobby Cannavale, Matthew Hatchette, Yul Vazquez, Carlos Sanz, Jake Muxworthy, Laurence Mason, Roger Guenveur Smith, Jessica Steinbaum, David Castro, Taylor Gray, Tina Adams, Nick Rey Angelus, J. Boss, Curt Bouril, Cass Alexander Brown, Victor Buno, Cristos
Studio Destination Films
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
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I rented this DVD without any prior knowledge of its content and was very, very impressed by the gritty realism of this independent movie.

High points: The acting was superb. John Leguizamo, Rosie Perez, and Bobby Cannavale turn in what I believe are their finest performances on film. The supporting cast was flawless. John and Rosie, and the young actors that portray their children, present a painfully realistic portrait of a poor-but-happy family that is torn apart by the brain injury he receives and his inability to just "turn the other cheek".

The plot is convincing at all times. Felix (Leguizamo's character) is framed for an inside-job robbery that is shockingly realistic in its violence. The FBI agent (Cannavale) behaves credibly, not as a cold-hearted, judgemental investigator (like his partner) but with a big dose of humanity and compassion. His instincts tell him that Felix is innocent, but the evidence (and his partner) increasingly speak to the contrary. He is an intelligent man; not a caricature. The fact that the same can be said about all the main characters is a significant plus for this production.

The chase scene, a conformity in so many movies, that is often so drawn out, so redundant, so trite, and so boring, is completely different in this movie: it actually manages to be exciting and somewhat original. I particularly like the fact that at no time in the movie does Felix become a gun-savy, martial-arts-whiz vigilante, but is consistently portrayed as a regular guy who has been grievously injured and is angry about it. His actions and reactions are much like any average person in a really bad situation. Marina (Rosie's character) truly loves him and sticks by him until the relationship becomes too dangerous to tolerate.
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The depictions and descriptions of the film can be read on numerous reviews here and elsewhere - but I have to say most of these writs seem determined to discredit a good film. I truly believe most can agree this is one of the best pieces of fiction best paralleling reality for L.A. filmed since (and including) Crash, Harsh Times, Training Day, etc.

Watching the deleted scenes, docu on filming, listening to commentary, and related media, they all reveal a true sense of wanting to make a non-Hollywood film with succession and an honest feeling of REALITY. Reading thru several armored car inside-jobs this film reveals a very authentic feel that deserves more credit than it is being given.

Outstanding performances by Cannavale, Perez and Gibson proving small films can bring the best out of someone. Regardless of the negative and technical reviews written about the end scenes and cultural inaccuracies - I have to give this film one of the most realistic portrayals I have seen in years centering around a man that is losing everything that makes him a man - and finds a way to regain it without being Jason Bourne or James Bond.

A worthwhile film that deserves a rent or maybe even a purchase for those from the areas of LA they film in...if anything - the sex scene is probably one of the most dedicated I have watched in some time - but at the same time shows a realism that mainstream cinema has missed for years...I will be recommending this title in my store for those looking for an authentic urban film.
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This product was listed as Used-Like New. However, I had to return this product to sender. In the past, I have had problems with a movie, returned the bad movie and was sent back a good copy. But, this seller advised a return with original method of payment sent back to me. I really wanted to watch the movie, but will have to look at a different way of getting it. I expect a movie that expresses it is Used-Like New to be just that-no scratches, no skips, no issues. Thanks!

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This is a very good movie, a keeper. I've always liked John Leguizamo, since 'Too Won Foo'. He does it all, comedy, action, drama. Seems as though he really reached deep for this one and did a superb job. And so did the rest of the cast, all wonderful actors!
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The Take isn't a particularly groundbreaking or original film by any means- it's a fairly typical action/suspense with perhaps a tad more focus on the drama elements than other films of the genre.

It's about a truck driver who accidentally gets caught up with a gunman looking to steal some money as part of a plan, and the bad guy needs the truck drivers help (against his will, of course) in order to pull off the crime successfully.

Well when the events go horribly wrong and the truck driver ends up getting shot and put into the hospital, he eventually recovers and goes out searching for the guy who shot him.

From there, a good portion of the storyline is devoted to the truck drivers new and unpredictable relationship with his family (particularly his wife) and of course the cops get involved and actually suspect the truck driver might be guilty of certain crimes himself.

The acting is pretty good and believable, the action is really good at the beginning and end, and the drama segments in the middle are quite interesting as well.

Some people find the middle of the film quite uninteresting and unsatisfactory, but I actually really enjoyed the truck drivers sudden change of attitude. These scenes showed a man who was forced to become tougher and more aware of his surroundings because of a horrible life-changing incident.

No real complaints with a mostly pretty solid movie.
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