The Take (Bastille Day)

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Bastille Day proves Idris Elba is an action hero in waiting -- specifically, waiting for a script that deserves his talents.



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Michael Mason is an American pickpocket living in Paris who finds himself hunted by the CIA when he steals a bag that contains more than just a wallet. Sean Briar, the field agent on the case, soon realizes that Michael is just a pawn in a much bigger game and is also his best asset to uncover a large-scale conspiracy. Going against commands, Briar recruits Michael to use his expert pickpocketing skills to help quickly track down the source of the corruption. As a 24-hour thrill ride ensues, the unlikely duo discover they are both targets and must rely upon each other in order to take down a common enemy.

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  • Sep 26, 2016
    Great casting and the film is quite good for a while but the opposites angle of the lead actors wasn't ideal. I had wished they actually pushed the tone for a more gritty action aimed one. The pickpocket and anti terrorist team up just never translated and found the actors sparring without any comedy. This should have been aimed like Taken instead of the pedestrian film we are provided.
    Brendan N Super Reviewer
  • Aug 27, 2016
    This is the film that is noticeable only for showing the potential of Idris Elba as a big-time action star. Unfortunately the script and everything else is as predictable as they come but, if any film can convince us to use Elba for the next James Bond then this is it.
    Ian W Super Reviewer
  • Jun 05, 2016
    Featuring the badass that is Idris Elba, Bastille Day is about...well there's a bomb and...lots of corrupt police officers and...a pickpocket? I'm usually good at following films, but this plot was just instantly forgettable! The script was awful and the film was just boring. Elba is great and needs to be in more action films, however Kelly Reilly (supremely underrated) is wasted in this film! This should've been so much better then what it was, the script was such a let down. Elba does however have one of his songs featured in the credits, evidently a talented guy.
    Luke A Super Reviewer

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