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Take (2008)

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

Movie Info

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 part led to the death of Ana's husband and son. Years later, Saul is on death row, awaiting execution for his crimes, and Ana is unable to find closure, still grieving bitterly for the loss of her family. When Ana and Saul finally meet face to face not long before he's to be put to death, they both find it difficult to express their thoughts about loss, forgiveness, and redemption. The first feature film from writer and director Charles Oliver, Take was screened as part of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovimore
Rating: R (for some violent and disturbing content)
Genre: Drama, Art House & International, Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By: Charles Oliver
In Theaters:
On DVD: Feb 24, 2009
Runtime:
Liberation Entertainment - Official Site

Cast

Minnie Driver
as Ana Nichols
Jeremy Renner
as Saul Gregor
Bobby Coleman
as Jesse Nichols
David Denman
as Marty Nichols
Jessica Stier
as Mrs. Bachanas
Griff Furst
as Young Mechanic
Shane Woodson
as Older Mechanic
Courtenay Taylor
as Truck Driver
Patrick Dollaghan
as Supervising Officer
Patrick Brennan
as Incensed Man
Richard Bairos
as Male Customer
Veronica Lauren
as Female Patron
Dale Dickey
as Truck Woman
Allison Miller
as Shoe Sales Girl
Todd Waring
as Load Talker
Rob Elk
as Senile Man
Lisa Robert
as Female Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Take

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (12)

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

Full Review… | August 13, 2008
Variety
Top Critic

Stylistically as well as thematically complex.

August 13, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | July 24, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
New York Observer
Top Critic

Dramatically, however, Take consistently works, and, with such a story, that's an amazing thing.

Full Review… | July 18, 2008
Newsday
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for Take

½

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...

itsjustme2004
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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.

Harlequin68
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

Good indie flik. Moves very slowly.

burgerstar
Sean Gillespie

Super Reviewer

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