The Take (2016)

R   |    |  Action, Crime, Drama

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A young pickpocket and an unruly CIA agent team up on an anti-terrorist mission in France.

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  • Idris Elba in The Take (2016)
  • Thierry Godard and Mohamed Makhtoumi in The Take (2016)
  • Idris Elba and Richard Madden in The Take (2016)
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  • Idris Elba in The Take (2016)
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4 September 2016 | mumia-1
| A mixed bag
Ever wanted to know what happens when you mix 24, Bourne, Die Hard III, and Luther on a tight budget, and then you spice it all with a little Luc Besson? Then you have your answer right here.

It's a fast paced, no-nonsense action spy thriller, without a single piece of originality. But it manages to present all the borrowed bits and pieces in a way, to deliver a very entertaining experience.

The main character is almost a carbon copy of the title character in Luther, so Elba naturally revels in the role. They even managed to include one of my favorite lines from Luther, the little thieves. Which is funny since the second main character is actually a thief in this. Self irony maybe? The movie never slows down, not for a minute. I haven't seen anything like it for quite some time. There is less Neutral Gear in here, than in Luc Bessson's original Taxi.

Of course you shouldn't expect a masterpiece. The characters are all shallow, and the story is predictable. It doesn't even try to be clever, it just gives you everything at face value.

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