The Take (Blu-ray)David Johnson
It’s okay Idris. You got the Bond gig.
Also known as Bastille Day The Take puts our guy Idris Elba (Star Trek Beyond) smack into the middle of a terror-ridden Paris. Bombs are going off, explosions are taking out civilians, and the populace is paralyzed with crippling fear. Meanwhile, a dashing pickpocket named Michael Mason (Richard Madden, Game of Thrones) finds himself inadvertently wrapped up in these violent shenanigans, making himself a pivotal asset that the CIA desperately needs.
And that’s where agent Sean Briar (Elba) comes into play. He’s dispatched by his superiors in Langley to babysit Mason and keep his intel safe and sound. Which kicks off a buddy adventure, as these two race against time to untangle the mystery behind the terror attacks, which–surprise!!!–may not be the work of actual terrorists but the nefarious Old White Man Cabal…
Here’s the straight dope: The Take is about as milquetoast a thriller as you can get for a movie about Paris being assaulted by terrorists (and yes, this film was released unsettlingly close to the actual terrorist events in Paris). Even with out the awkward contemporary source material, this film just doesn’t have enough juice to separate itself from the pack.
Look, I’m all about Robb Stark, but Richard Madden should doesn’t bring much energy to the proceedings here. He’s supposed to be giving us a sly outlaw with charm to spare (for crying out loud he convinces his girlfriend to walk the streets naked for a pickpocket distraction!), but in the end he coughs up a character with the charm of a bran muffin.
Then we’ve got Idiris Elba, who’s awesome, and you don’t need me to tell you that. And while I’m all on board for him taking on the 007 mantle if the wants it, there’s not a ton worth talking about here with his efforts. It’s mainly his character, who was written as a standard-issue tough guy agent. A such, we’ve got a going-through-the-motions approach.
In fact, all of The Take is pretty much “going through the motions.” There’s aren’t a lot of surprises and virtually nothing memorable as far as action scenes go. if you’re an Elba completionist or want to see what the Young Wolf has been up to since the Red Wedding, this might be worth your time. Everyone else? Not much to see here.