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The Take (2007)



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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.more
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
Hatchet Films - Official Site


John Leguizamo
as Felix de la Peña
Tyrese Gibson
as Adell Baldwin
Rosie Perez
as Marina de la Peña
Bobby Cannavale
as Agent Steve Perelli
Yul Vázquez
as Marco Ruiz
Jake Muxworthy
as Jimmy Grannis
Jessica Steinbaum-Lo...
as Rosey De La Pena
Carlos Sanz
as Detective Victor Mar...
Laurence Mason
as Curtis "Buddha" Fell...
Taylor Gray
as Javy De La Pena
James Molina
as Antonio
Margarita Lugo
as Dolores Furcal
Russell Peters
as Dr. Sharma
Christian George
as Bill White
as Barry
Josh Baron
as Neuro Rehab Speciali...
Curt Bouril
as Fireman
Victor Buno
as Preacher
David Castro
as Bartender
Kevin Dunigan
as Ellis Hawks
Matthew Hatchette
as Agent Forest Baxter
Pride Grinn
as Tony Oppenheimer
Ennis C. Jackson
as Paramedic No.1
as Cop
Ray Latulipe
as Private Investigator...
Joshua LeBar
as Officer
Kurt Smalljohn
as Fireman Paramedic
Sam Upton
as Morrison
Ed Wordie
as Man Who Looks Like A...
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Critic Reviews for The Take

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (7)

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
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
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Take


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.

Remi Logan

Super Reviewer


Im not a fan of John Leguizamo so I didnt expect to like The Take at all but it turned out to be a pretty good movie

Brody Manson

Super Reviewer


Decent acting, and okay story apart for the inter-gangster-fighting subplot. This movie succeeds, however, because of the stylized direction that gives it a grittily emotional and realistic feel.

Ed K

Super Reviewer

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