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Take (2008)



Average Rating: 5.1/10
Reviews Counted: 29
Fresh: 13 | Rotten: 16

A story of redemption held together with flashbacks, Take has moments of emotional intensity, but is ultimately undone by preachiness.


Average Rating: 4.1/10
Critic Reviews: 12
Fresh: 4 | Rotten: 8

A story of redemption held together with flashbacks, Take has moments of emotional intensity, but is ultimately undone by preachiness.



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An unwitting murderer and a woman close to his victims struggle to come to terms with where the fates have taken their lives in this independent drama. Ana (Minnie Driver) was a wife and mother caring for an educationally challenged son and a moody-but-loving husband when fate led her to cross paths with Saul (Jeremy Renner). Saul was a gambling addict deep in debt to loan sharks and desperately in need of enough money to keep collectors from killing or injuring him; a foolish decision on his

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The talky redemption element, however, ultimately feels artificially tacked on.

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Variety
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Stylistically as well as thematically complex.

August 13, 2008
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Take is too enamored of its time-shifting gimmick and cheap suspense to ultimately have much impact.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times
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Obscured by ugly, dark photography, a jumbled script, mumbled performances, and clueless direction that make it impossible to see or hear a lot of what's going on even if you cared, the result is a film of monumental incompetence.

July 23, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Observer
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Dramatically, however, Take consistently works, and, with such a story, that's an amazing thing.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Newsday
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A woefully earnest indie about a crime and its aftermath.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: New York Post
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This sullen dramatic thriller is introspective to the point of being navel-gazing. And its up-to-interpretation form of 'conclusion' is fairly pretentious.

September 12, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

It's close but no cigar for first time writer/director Charles Oliver as he bashes his unfortunate audience with a preachy and one-dimensional exposition of revenge wearing restoration clothing.

August 18, 2008 Full Review Source: Monsters and Critics
Monsters and Critics

A dreadfully misguided movie whose story of redemption is utterly irredeemable.

August 15, 2008 Full Review Source: Austin Chronicle
Austin Chronicle

Clean but adult-themed movie that takes an intense look at extreme forgiveness and restorative justice.

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

This is a slow burn of a film. You'll have to commit to seeing it, but the rewards for doing so are great.

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Film School Rejects
Film School Rejects

This is an uneven directorial debut -- but not an unaccomplished one. Oliver is a name to look out for -- it would be great to see what would happen if he worked with someone else's script.

August 13, 2008 Full Review Source: Eye for Film
Eye for Film

Oliver's film manages to grapple with some knotty questions about justice, even if it is not nearly as bold or ironic as Lee Chang-dong's "Secret Sunshine"

August 13, 2008

Charles Oliver's directing debut, Take, unfolds in sun-baked Southwestern locations, but it's a dreary affair all the same.

July 25, 2008 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Daily News
Los Angeles Daily News

This melodrama about capital punishment has no shades of gray, only beige.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: I.E. Weekly
I.E. Weekly

Resides in the same lives-intersect-through-tragedy wheelhouse as 21 Grams and Monster's Ball, without those films' romantic underpinnings or powerhouse performances.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source:

Take suffers from story overload, which is distracting.

July 24, 2008 Full Review Source: Boxoffice Magazine
Boxoffice Magazine

A frantic mother and a desperate criminal cross paths with devastating results in first-time writer and director Charles Oliver's emotionally charged drama.

July 18, 2008 Full Review Source: TV Guide's Movie Guide
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Audience Reviews for Take

3 3/4's--This is a very slow movie, but for some reason I kept with it. I am glad that I did. I found it thought provoking, tragic, and moving. The tragic events of this movie will stick with me for some time, I imagine. I DO NOT, however, understand how they just wrote the dad out. I am assuming that somehow the marriage ended, and she was single by the end...
February 18, 2014

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In the present day, Saul(Jeremy Renner) is being prepared to be executed by lethal injection. In the past, he is a petty crook and gambler who works at a storage facility while taking care of his invalid father. He is also badly in need of $2,000. Ana(Minnier Driver), a maid, could also use a little extra cash. She has just been told that her son Jesse(Bobby Coleman) is being transferred to special education. To avoid that fate, she wants to send him to private school but receives little support from her husband Marty(David Denman, of "Drop Dead Diva"), himself a teacher.

"Take" is a ponderous movie that lumbers towards its inescapable conclusion where two people have their lives changed in a fateful meeting. After which, there is a curious endnote praising restorative justice which long story short says that confrontation is good for the soul between convict and victim, forgetting for a second how many people are in jail for victimless crimes. And in this case, it only works one way as Saul is definitely beyond the point of no return. In fact, Jeremy Renner's sad sack performance seems to work towards the conclusion that Saul has no business being on death row(which personally I don't think anybody should be) which is a debate the movie ducks away from.
August 11, 2011
Walter M.

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Good indie flik. Moves very slowly.
December 27, 2011

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