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The Take (2007)

TOMATOMETER

Average Rating: 6.5/10
Reviews Counted: 13
Fresh: 11 | Rotten: 2

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

100%
Average Rating: 7.1/10
Critic Reviews: 7
Fresh: 7 | Rotten: 0

Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.

AUDIENCE SCORE

Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 849

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Movie Info

Felix De La Pena is an armored car driver struggling to make ends meet for his wife Marina and two kids in East LA's Boyle Heights neighborhood. But, their lives are thrown into chaos after Felix miraculously survives a violent on-the-job hijacking led by Adell Baldwin, a merciless criminal driven by power and greed. Now facing a difficult recovery and struggling with a nasty new temper, Felix becomes obsessed with tracking down his attackers before they frame him for the crimes they committed.

Rating:
R (for violence, sexual content, language and some drug use)
Genre:
Drama , Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
Directed By:
Written By:
Jonas Pate , Josh Pate , Joshua Pate
In Theaters:
On DVD:
May 27, 2008
Runtime:
Hatchet Films - Official Site

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Critic Reviews for The Take

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7) | Fresh (11) | Rotten (2) | DVD (1)

John Leguizamo knocks it out of the park as an armored car driver in The Take, which is quite a bit better than you'd expect from a low-budget thriller that's getting a token theatrical release a month ahead of its DVD debut.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
New York Post
Top Critic

Perez and Leguizamo make an entirely believable couple, and director Brad Furman creates an intense undercurrent of intimacy between the audience and his haunted hero.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
New York Daily News
Top Critic

Mr. Furman, who also directs music videos, has given the movie, shot by Lukas Ettlin, a bleached-out, unglossy look. Occasionally the visuals seem overly stylized, but Mr. Furman knows enough to showcase his stars' unvarnished performances.

Full Review… | April 11, 2008
New York Times
Top Critic

This winning combination of neighborhood indie and old-school Hollywood B movie is the kind of film that doesn't flinch from the sight of a bullet being removed from human flesh.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
Time Out New York
Top Critic

Furman stages the final foot chase with brio, but one wishes that he'd found a way to stay at home with Felix and Marina, who don't need guns to thrill.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic

Production values are tops, and Lukas Ettlin's athletic camerawork -- coursing through the streets of Boyle Heights and other Los Angeles locations -- adds a kinetic element to a film that is half thriller, half psychodrama.

Full Review… | October 3, 2007
Variety
Top Critic

Things never quite come together and the central plot focus of the family drama is never plausible enough to make for compelling cinema.

Full Review… | October 15, 2008
Screen International

Funny man John Leguizamo gets in touch with his furious and fiery side in The Take, and that transitional extreme mood swing is surprisingly impressive.

Full Review… | May 19, 2008
NewsBlaze

Indie director Brad Furman has unleashed a powerful low budget thriller that makes good use of the talents of John Leguizamo as well as those of supporting performers Tyrese Gibson and Rosie Perez.

Full Review… | May 14, 2008
Monsters and Critics

Abundantly gritty and atmospheric, The Take is marked with many of the errors of a first feature, and succeeds almost entirely through exceptional performances by stars John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez.

Full Review… | April 10, 2008
TheDivaReview.com

...wildly uneven...

Full Review… | November 3, 2007
Reel Film Reviews

If you usually dig John Leguizamo's work, then you'll definitely want to see this one.

Full Review… | September 11, 2007
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Audience Reviews for The Take

½

When I first read the premise for this film, I thought I was looking at some kinda caper flick where a bunch of working class stiffs band together to get one over on their corporate employers. I got one part right: the film is about a violent hijacking, but the film focuses more on the tragic aftermath. People are murdered in cold blood, and those who walk away with their lives are damaged physically and psychically. I admire John Leguizamo for not just doing comedy, but for taking on more emotionally devastating roles. He and Rosie Perez brought a realness to their characters. It was like sitting in on a family destroyed by a random act of violence. I can't really critique Tyrese's performance, because his character felt so one-dimensional. All he brought to the table was the quintessential villain with no redeeming qualities. You don't really feel anything for him, and I don't know if that was the intent of the film or if Gibson needs to work on his depth. Either way: kudos to Leguizamo. Great performance.

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