The Take (Bastille Day) Reviews

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November 18, 2016
Elba's magnetic physical presence delivers so much without doing much of anything. But his fans deserve so much better than a couple of dumb quips and a little ultra-violence.
November 17, 2016
Most of The Take's moving parts feel like spinning cogs, devoid of fit or function.
November 17, 2016
Yes, it's uncomfortable watching a terror-themed tale in a city that so recently dealt with real terrorism. But if you can get past that, the movie sweeps you along with a brisk pace and even dashes of humor.
November 17, 2016
A strictly by-the-numbers political thriller that fails to capitalize on Idris Elba's formidable screen presence.
November 17, 2016
Unimaginative, retrograde pulp fit for the bargain bin.
November 16, 2016
Director James Watkins keeps things reasonably interesting, but his characters are not well drawn, which hinders the buddy dynamic between Mason and Briar.
November 14, 2016
For a film so interested in the public's malleability, The Take isn't particularly good at controlling its own audience.
May 17, 2016
Packed into a tight 90 minutes, the film has a visual leanness that almost amounts to plainness, presumably dictated by a relatively low budget.
May 13, 2016
A drama lifted by an entertaining script, old-fashioned action scenes and a few surprising twists.
April 24, 2016
What is an action hero? Somebody who's better at thumping than thinking. And so far as that goes, Idris Elba is your man.
April 24, 2016
Crunchy fights and a vertiginous rooftop chase crank up the action, while viral videos and hashtagged calls to arms lend an illusion of modernity to the old-fashioned proceedings.
April 22, 2016
Bastille Day is a cheesy but enjoyable Paris set thriller which underlines Idrs Elba's fast rising credentials as an action hero.
April 22, 2016
Fine. Nothing more.
April 21, 2016
Idris Elba as a brutal yet charming Bourne-esque CIA operative is the sole pleasure on offer in Bastille Day, a film that is otherwise close to ill-conceived mess.
April 21, 2016
The muddy cinematography manages to make such famously pulchritudinous people as Elba and Kelly Reilly look as if they've just stumbled damply in from an evening's bingo.
April 21, 2016
With a rooftop chase scene as good as anything in Bourne, Bastille Day is a serviceably brash thriller.
April 21, 2016
It rarely makes sense - the script vastly overestimates the power of the hashtag as a weapon of mass destruction - but you're never bored.
April 21, 2016
Compared with the exhausting, seven-course dinner service we're increasingly being offered, it's like grabbing a swift cheeseburger on the way home.
April 19, 2016
It ends up playing like a shoddy blend of V for Vendetta and Mr. Robot but without the budget bandwidth or style of either.
Top Critic
April 19, 2016
It's Watkins' lean, keen instinct for choreographing and cutting action set pieces that keeps "Bastille Day" afloat.
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