DVD Review – The Take (2016)

The Take, 2016.

Directed by James Watkins

Starring Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Kelly Reilly, Charlotte le Bon


Michael Mason, an American conman in Paris, is embroiled in a terrorist plot which leads him into the path of hard-edged CIA officer Sean Briar…

On the evidence of movies such as The Take, formerly released as Bastille Day (presumably before DVD marketers decided people wouldn’t know what ‘bastille’ meant), Idris Elba could be in serious danger of suffering a Liam Neeson-esque syndrome of action man fatigue. Jason Watkins’ action thriller (although there’s precious little of the latter) puts Elba in the kind of role he’s made his name on – John Luther from the BBC drama, basically, just repackaged and reheated with a far less interesting script, direction and concept. Here he’s Sean Briar, a CIA case officer stationed in Paris who is gruff, tough, brooding, doesn’t play by the ruleszzzzzz…
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