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The Take (2016)

Bastille Day (original title)
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A young pickpocket and an unruly CIA agent team up on an anti-terrorist mission in France.


James Watkins
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Idris Elba ... Sean Briar
Richard Madden ... Michael Mason
Charlotte Le Bon ... Zoe
Kelly Reilly ... Karen Dacre
José Garcia ... Victor Gamieux
Thierry Godard ... Rafi Bertrand
Vincent Londez ... Yannick Bertrand
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Jean
Mohamed Makhtoumi Mohamed Makhtoumi ... Christophe
Théo Costa-Marini Théo Costa-Marini ... Xavier (as Théo Costa Marini)
Jérôme Gaspard ... Yves
Ismaël Sy Savané Ismaël Sy Savané ... Serge (as Ismael Sy Savane)
James Stewart ... Henri
James Cox ... Pierre
James Harris ... Marcel


Michael Mason, a pickpocket living in Paris, steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Mason's face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank (closed on French National Day) -- hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar discovers the real story behind Mason's "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Plot Keywords:

pickpocket | cia | bomb | swat team | riot | See All (275) »


With law comes disorder. See more »

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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UK | France | USA | Luxembourg | Germany


English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Take See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, Île-de-France, France See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,397,593, 20 November 2016
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Dolby Atmos



Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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Did You Know?


The biggest location in London, England was at the Naval War College in Greenwich which stood in for the Paris streets around the Bank of France, the site of the huge scene at the end of the film. Filming in Paris would have been too logistically difficult and the contained nature of the location gave director James Watkins' and his crew complete control over the action. See more »


When the Police are entering the bank, between the main hall and the control room. As they walk behind the pillar, you can see the edit between shots. (The camera jumps slightly.) See more »


Michael Mason: [has just found a horde of drug paraphernalia in the glove compartment of the Mercedes he and Briar just hijacked] Jesus!
Sean Briar: [closes compartment] Don't touch that.
Michael Mason: [off Briar's look, indignant] I'm not a drug dealer, all right. You know, I'm not some fucking lowlife. I got plans.
Sean Briar: Like what?
Michael Mason: [pauses] I'm raising money to fund my way through medical school.
Sean Briar: Bullshit. You know, you look left when you lie. It's a very common tell.
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Written by Dan Smith, Raykeea Wilson (aka Angel Haze), Mark Crew, Dan Priddy
Performed by Bastille, Angel Haze, 'F*U*G*Z', Braque
(p) Virgin Records Ltd
© WWKD / Angel Haze LTD
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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Exciting Thriller
22 April 2016 | by Alex_HodgkinsonSee all my reviews

I'm torn between a 6 and 7 for this film. This has everything a good thriller should have, but nothing notably unique about the film or the way it's done past the protagonists and some of the cinematography.

The film is a spiral into chaos and the characters are very likable, forming an unlikely friendship between a thief and a CIA agent. Idris Elba and Richard Madden show off some great acting that really drives the film, with the dialogue between the two easily being my favourite part of the film. The directing is great, too, with a riveting chase sequence that looks and feels exciting and some lovely cinematography in France.

The premise isn't anything amazing, but throwing a sly, witty pocket thief into the mix of what would be an ordinary every-year thriller is what drives the film and makes it anything worth noting. If you're going to see this film for any reason, it should be for the two leads. Bastille Day is nothing unique, but it's definitely a good film if you're in the mood for a thriller (however I'd recommend Eye in the Sky over this). This is a film for people that are into thrillers and fun character interaction.

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