The Take

The Take

James Watkins (2016)

15 Certificate


Our Score
Director James Watkins (The Woman in Black) has shown himself to be a master of suspense, but with The Take (formerly known as Bastille Day) he loosens his strangler's grip for an action movie that presses the pedal firmly to the metal. Taking the role of maverick hero is Idris Elba, who is part of a CIA surveillance unit stationed in Paris that is pursuing a pickpocket (Richard Madden) who has stolen a bag containing an explosive device intended for the French Nationalist Party HQ. After the bomb goes off, the explosion is pinned on Islamic extremists, but, while Elba and Madden join forces to follow the trail, all is not as it seems. Having the Americans played by Brits gives the film a phoney feel, as does making them the good guys irrespective of their interference in French affairs. The buddy dynamic never gets going but the film certainly delivers on the thrills front and Elba makes for a charismatic lead. The Take may lack ambition and swagger but at least has the legs to keep things pacey and eventful.


An American pickpocket in Paris accidentally steals some top secret information, and finds himself on the run from the CIA. The agent in charge of the investigation recruits the thief's help when he discovers a sinister conspiracy that threatens both of them. Action thriller, starring Idris Elba and Richard Madden.

Cast & Crew

Sean Briar Idris Elba
Michael Mason Richard Madden
Zoë Charlotte Le Bon
Karen Dacre Kelly Reilly
Gamieux José Garcia
Rafi Bertrand Thierry Godard
Pierre James Cox
Baba Eriq Ebouaney
Director James Watkins
Director Jill Gagé
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalGuidance: Violence, swearing.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 22 Apr 2016