The Take (Bastille Day) Reviews

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April 3, 2019
It's not the worst film in the world, but it is painfully mediocre.
November 7, 2018
The film may be ridiculous, but it isn't dumb.
August 21, 2018
It's not a bad film at all. It's a little dry at times but the story is interesting and compelling.
October 24, 2017
If the film's explosive opening is simply a case of poor timing, its last half-hour is just poor movie-making, with a twist that comes as little surprise and a final bit of storyline that doesn't remotely convince.
September 20, 2017
Pay attention to the details and you may get rewarded at the end.
September 15, 2017
As far as action films go, the raised expectations of the first half of the film arguably heighten the disappointment of the clichd finale.
February 5, 2017
"The Take" is just your run-of-the-mill Euro-thriller that putt-putts along like a weary TV cop show.
January 19, 2017
This thriller begins with a strong, relevant idea -- using a fake terrorist attack to mask another crime -- but the poor storytelling soon demotes it to a forgettable throwaway.
January 3, 2017
If you're looking for some quick, adrenaline-pumped entertainment - and clocking in at ninety minutes, it welcomingly abstains from a gratuitous running time - Bastille Day fits the bill.
January 2, 2017
The ever-watchable Idris Elba and a handful of muscular action sequences are scuppered by a flaky-pastry plot which badly misjudges subject matter warranting more considered exploration.
December 31, 2016
Bond and Bourne fans will notice the drop in budget, but this rollicking spy flick will fill a gap until Matt Damon returns to the spy game in July.
December 18, 2016
It doesn't have any pretensions at all, unless you count the mostly English cast, who resiliently pretend the film is an American action movie, with an American budget, for a whole 92 minutes.
December 15, 2016
The Take is one busy, busy action flick. It also does something I never thought could be done: It makes the consistently charismatic Idris Elba look unappealing.
December 15, 2016
Ultimately, The Take makes a better case for itself as an extended TV pilot than as a film.
December 2, 2016
This film is pure entertainment, is like a great continuous pursuit by la Ville lumire, with the great Idris Elba. [Full review in Spanish]
November 24, 2016
One of those thrillers in which the logic of the argument doesn't matter so much because of the effectiveness of the action scenes. [Full review in Spanish]
November 18, 2016
The urban Parisian locales form an intriguing backdrop for an otherwise formulaic action thriller.
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 18, 2016
No, this is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination. It is, though, a strangely enjoyable and ultimately satisfying one.
November 17, 2016
Idris Elba makes a dynamite action star, but this politically charged thriller doesn't give him the support he needs to become the next Liam Neeson.
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