THE TAKE aka BASTILLE DAY (2016)
Every once in a while, I come across a film that I never heard of on one of the streamers and am absolutely delighted by it. The Take is one of those films, an intense action thriller fronted by the always incredible Richard Madden.
Idris Elba stars as a CIA agent in Paris who pairs up with a pickpocket (Madden) to stop a terrorist plot that cuts deeper than anyone ever expected. The Take plays like a less robust The Departed, but still an absolutely intriguing outing flooded with twists and turns that keep you guessing. Given that this was a 2016 release, this was an early entry into Elba’s action repertoire. He is an absolute intimidating force, as is referenced by Madden’s character at one point in the film (something like “have you seen yourself?”). Madden himself is simply dynamic in each and every role, quickly becoming my favorite actor out there. This is the perfect role to showcase what he can do when given an opportunity to step out of the dramas and into the action.
There are times where the film feels a little sluggish while the script asks you to ignore logic in some areas. Still, The Take is a solid action flick that is elevated by the cast. Sign me up for whatever Madden has coming down the road (like Eternals or even more Bodyguard). He is good… real good.
Stream The Take (aka Bastille Day) on Netflix today.
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