| Original Score: 3/5
Clean but adult-themed movie that takes an intense look at extreme forgiveness and restorative justice.
| Original Score: 3.5/5
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"
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.
As a formal exercise in pent-up and unleashed emotion, Take is intense and difficult to watch.
While Take has a few moments of eye-rolling absurdity, the film has a way of slithering under your skin and staying there.
Refreshingly ambitious and thoughtfully constructed.
| Original Score: 3/6
A heartfelt plea for penal reform.
| Original Score: B
Writer/director Charles Oliver, in his first feature-length film, has captured the essence of how forgiveness frees the soul.
| Original Score: 3.5/4
| Original Score: 2/5
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
The talky redemption element, however, ultimately feels artificially tacked on.
Take is too enamored of its time-shifting gimmick and cheap suspense to ultimately have much impact.
Charles Oliver's directing debut, Take, unfolds in sun-baked Southwestern locations, but it's a dreary affair all the same.