The Take follows rogue CIA Agent Sean Briar (Idris Elba) and con-man Michael Mason (Richard Madden) as the two unwillingly join forces to taken down an anti-terrorist organization in Paris.
The two men meet when Michael inadvertently stops a bank heist by corrupt French officials when he steals a bag containing a bomb. Because of his thievery, Michael is now framed by the officials as a terrorist and the only person who is able to help him clear his name is Sean. The two realize this goes deeper than just local authorities as they discover a greater international conspiracy at hand.
The story of The Take is nothing revolutionary and quite honestly, pretty generic. You see all the twists and turns as they come and nothing really surprises you with this film. However, Elba and Madden are such great actors that you have no desire to switch off this popcorn movie thriller. These could could have sat there and read greeting cards for 90 some minutes and I wouldn’t have turned The Take off.
The Take is definitely a Sunday afternoon, post football season, matinee. It’s fun, generic and allows you to escape from your own problems for roughly an hour and a half.
The Take is out today on Blu-ray and DVD.