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 this action movie he presses the pedal firmly to the metal. Taking the role of maverick hero is Idris Elba, who plays an agent involved in a CIA surveillance operation in Paris. His unit is pursuing 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. However, after joining forces, Elba and Madden discover that all is not quite 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 also never gets going, but the film certainly delivers on the thrills front, with Elba making a charismatic lead.


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