"The Take" is one to watch for sure. This gritty indie movie succeeds in telling the story of a wronged man, armored car driver Felix Delgado of spanish neighborhood Boyle Heights in Los Angeles, played expertly by John Leguizamo, who is framed by bad guy thug Tyrese in an armored car robbery. After being shot and left for dead (in one of the film's strongest scenes) Felix's life is not the same as he attempts to heal physically and mentally from the ordeal - all while enduring the indignity of being a prime suspect in the robbery. Leguizamo gives Felix depth and creates a character here who's conflicts are worn on his sleeve as are his attempts to deal with them.
Also strong are Rosie Perez as Felix's wife (possibly her strongest screen performance in years), and the always good Bobby Cannavale as the cop who doesn't really believe Felix is guilty. The film has a very Cassavettes-like quality to it, in that it has a a palpable energy and uneasiness to the story telling that match the anxiety Felix feels as his life unravels under the false scrutiny from the FBI and the physical affects of his headshot wound. Director Furman seems to have wisely approached this film as a cautionary tale, giving his audience enough perspective to make up their own minds about Felix, and allowing the verite style to sufficiently keep you on edge as you go through the movie. Clearly not a studio film despite it's excellent technical qualities and release by Sony, the film does have a polished feel to it in it's apparently deliberate attempt to be unpolished. The ending comes up a bit short compared to the rest of the film but it does satisfy as Felix gets his life back.
This one apparently had a short theatrical life but Leguizamo's TV popularity should allow a long run on cable where more people will cozy up to this interesting, well-made film then would ever trek to a theater to see it. Definitely check this one out.