The Take (Bastille Day) Reviews

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.
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 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.
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.
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 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
With a rooftop chase scene as good as anything in Bourne, Bastille Day is a serviceably brash thriller.
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.
April 18, 2016
Feels like a sixth-form production of the Bourne series.