The Take Reviews

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Peter Brunette
Screen International
October 15, 2008

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

Prairie Miller
May 19, 2008

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.

Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics
May 14, 2008

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 | Original Score: 7/10
Lou Lumenick
New York Post
Top Critic
April 11, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3/4
Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News
Top Critic
April 11, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Rachel Saltz
New York Times
Top Critic
April 11, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3.5/5
Diva Velez
April 10, 2008

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 | Original Score: 3/5
Joshua Land
Time Out New York
Top Critic
April 10, 2008

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 | Original Score: 4/6
Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly
Top Critic
April 10, 2008

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.

David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews
November 3, 2007

...wildly uneven...

Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
John Anderson
Top Critic
October 3, 2007

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.

John DeFore
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic
September 19, 2007

Short on sensational elements but involving, it won't set multiplexes on fire but should make a decent showing thanks to cast and plot.

Scott Weinberg
September 11, 2007

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

Full Review | Original Score: 3.5/5
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