Take (2008)



Critic Consensus: A story of redemption held together with flashbacks, Take has moments of emotional intensity, but is ultimately undone by preachiness.

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An unwitting murderer and a woman close to his victims struggle to come to terms with where the fates have taken their lives in this independent drama. Ana (Minnie Driver) was a wife and mother caring for an educationally challenged son and a moody-but-loving husband when fate led her to cross paths with Saul (Jeremy Renner). Saul was a gambling addict deep in debt to loan sharks and desperately in need of enough money to keep collectors from killing or injuring him; a foolish decision on his part led to the death of Ana's husband and son. Years later, Saul is on death row, awaiting execution for his crimes, and Ana is unable to find closure, still grieving bitterly for the loss of her family. When Ana and Saul finally meet face to face not long before he's to be put to death, they both find it difficult to express their thoughts about loss, forgiveness, and redemption. The first feature film from writer and director Charles Oliver, Take was screened as part of the 2007 Tribeca Film Festival. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi
R (for some violent and disturbing content)
Art House & International , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Minnie Driver
as Ana Nichols
Jeremy Renner
as Saul Gregor
Bobby Coleman
as Jesse Nichols
David Denman
as Marty Nichols
Jessica Stier
as Mrs. Bachanas
Griff Furst
as Young Mechanic
Shane Woodson
as Older Mechanic
Courtenay Taylor
as Truck Driver
Patrick Dollaghan
as Supervising Officer
Kendall Clement
as Guard #1
Andrew Thacher
as Guard #2
Patrick Brennan
as Incensed Man
Ryan Layton Simmons
as Bank Clerk
Richard Bairos
as Male Customer
Veronica Lauren
as Female Patron
Tom Schmid
as Boss
Dale Dickey
as Truck Woman
Edward James Gage
as Older Man
Allison Miller
as Shoe Sales Girl
Todd Waring
as Load Talker
Rob Elk
as Senile Man
Lisa Robert
as Female Bartender
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Critic Reviews for Take

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (13)

The talky redemption element, however, ultimately feels artificially tacked on.

Full Review… | August 13, 2008
Top Critic

Stylistically as well as thematically complex.

August 13, 2008
Hollywood Reporter
Top Critic

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"

August 13, 2008
Top Critic

Take is too enamored of its time-shifting gimmick and cheap suspense to ultimately have much impact.

Full Review… | July 25, 2008
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

This melodrama about capital punishment has no shades of gray, only beige.

Full Review… | July 24, 2008
I.E. Weekly
Top Critic

Obscured by ugly, dark photography, a jumbled script, mumbled performances, and clueless direction that make it impossible to see or hear a lot of what's going on even if you cared, the result is a film of monumental incompetence.

Full Review… | July 23, 2008
New York Observer
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Audience Reviews for Take


Winds up being nothing more than a totally bizarre propaganda campaign for Restorative Justice. I can handle that, but what lost me is the fact that at absolutely no point from beginning to end was I interested in the events, or in the characters.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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3 3/4's--This is a very slow movie, but for some reason I kept with it. I am glad that I did. I found it thought provoking, tragic, and moving. The tragic events of this movie will stick with me for some time, I imagine. I DO NOT, however, understand how they just wrote the dad out. I am assuming that somehow the marriage ended, and she was single by the end...

Cynthia S.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

Good indie flik. Moves very slowly.

Sean Gillespie
Sean Gillespie

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