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The Take (2016)

Bastille Day (original title)
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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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James Watkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Idris Elba ... Sean Briar
Richard Madden ... Michael Mason
Charlotte Le Bon ... Zoe
Kelly Reilly ... Karen Dacre
José Garcia ... Victor Gamieux
Thierry Godard ... Rafi Bertrand
Vincent Londez ... Yannick Bertrand
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Jean
Mohamed Makhtoumi Mohamed Makhtoumi ... Christophe
Théo Costa-Marini Théo Costa-Marini ... Xavier (as Théo Costa Marini)
Jérôme Gaspard ... Yves
Ismaël Sy Savané Ismaël Sy Savané ... Serge (as Ismael Sy Savane)
James Stewart ... Henri
James Cox ... Pierre
James Harris ... Marcel
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Storyline

Michael Mason, a pickpocket living in Paris, steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Mason's face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank (closed on French National Day) -- hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar discovers the real story behind Mason's "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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pickpocket | cia | bomb | swat team | riot | See All (275) »

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Outside the law, there are no limits. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Language:

English | French

Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Paris, Île-de-France, France See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$39,000, 18 November 2016

Gross USA:

$39,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,397,593
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Dolby Atmos

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.39 : 1
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James Watkins, the film's director and co-screenwriter, said of the lead central character of Sean Briar, who is portrayed by actor Idris Elba: "Briar's character - uncompromising, brutal, reckless - had shades of Popeye Doyle [from The French Connection (1971) films], Dirty Harry (1971) or Walker from John Boorman's Point Blank (1967). The notion of Idris Elba playing this role was irresistible to me. His combustible relationship with the streetwise Michael struck me immediately as the beating heart of the film and I liked the opportunities this relationship gave for lighter moments. It reminded me of the gruff, salty humor of early Don Siegel / Clint Eastwood collaborations or classics like Midnight Run (1988) and 48 Hrs. (1982) where the tone shift gears from gritty action to more playful moments whilst never breaking character." See more »

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In the scene when Karen (Kelly Reilly) is trying to get Sean (Idris Elba) to come in with the two suspects, she tells him he is going "off the renovation". The correct term is "off the reservation". See more »

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Michael Mason: [while looking for Zoe to prove Michael's innocence, Briar and Michael have tracked a man to a bar] What's the play? You gonna go stick a gun in his mouth, too?
Sean Briar: No, if they see me, they'll move her. They didn't get a good look at you.
Michael Mason: No way.
Sean Briar: Come on. You wanna clear your name? That guy in there knows where Zoe is. Go in there, get me a lead.
Michael Mason: No *fucking* way.
Sean Briar: Listen, Michael, this is an opportunity. The agency, they don't just recruit Ivy League types. They need people like you, street smart. ...
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The Road Less Travelled
Written and Produced by Fatboy Slim and Idris Elba
Performed by Fatboy Slim (as Norman Cook) and Idris Elba
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A film which the French police will not necessarily appreciate
16 July 2016 | by searchanddestroy-1See all my reviews

First, this film looks like an Europacorp crap factory production. I would have thought of Pierre Morel or Louis Leterrier as directors. Yes it pretty looks like a TAKEN or other trash from Besson's crap factory, all those action flicks with American actors and taking place in Paris. But let's be fair, that remains a B movie blown up to a grade A one. I loved the rogue cops scheme, it had the potential to be a great film from this, only from this. But the rest of it is forgettable, the acting and directing are awful. AWFUL. The escape sequence from the police truck is pretty close to a sequence, also an escape from a police truck, in HANNIBAL series. And the heist looks like the one in DIE HARD 3..

it could have been better, and I even think that Besson's Europacorp could have been better. A better garbage product. But it remains a corny and appreciable time waster.


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