This sullen dramatic thriller is introspective to the point of being navel-gazing. And its up-to-interpretation form of 'conclusion' is fairly pretentious.
| Original Score: 2/4
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.
| Original Score: 5/10
A dreadfully misguided movie whose story of redemption is utterly irredeemable.
| Original Score: 0/5
Clean but adult-themed movie that takes an intense look at extreme forgiveness and restorative justice.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
The talky redemption element, however, ultimately feels artificially tacked on.
This is a slow burn of a film. You'll have to commit to seeing it, but the rewards for doing so are great.
| Original Score: B-
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.
Stylistically as well as thematically complex.
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"
Take is too enamored of its time-shifting gimmick and cheap suspense to ultimately have much impact.
| Original Score: 2/5
Charles Oliver's directing debut, Take, unfolds in sun-baked Southwestern locations, but it's a dreary affair all the same.
This melodrama about capital punishment has no shades of gray, only beige.
| Original Score: C-
Resides in the same lives-intersect-through-tragedy wheelhouse as 21 Grams and Monster's Ball, without those films' romantic underpinnings or powerhouse performances.
| Original Score: 3/5
Take suffers from story overload, which is distracting.
| Original Score: 2.5/5
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.
A frantic mother and a desperate criminal cross paths with devastating results in first-time writer and director Charles Oliver's emotionally charged drama.
| Original Score: 3/4
Dramatically, however, Take consistently works, and, with such a story, that's an amazing thing.
A woefully earnest indie about a crime and its aftermath.
| Original Score: 1.5/4
It's like a full-length public service announcement.
| Original Score: 1/5
If there is anything the cinema needed less than another angst-ridden, cross-cutting tragedy about crime, fate, memory and redemption, it's the kind shot in an ugly monochromatic palette like Take.