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Felix De La Pena is an armored car driver struggling to make ends meet for his wife Marina and two kids in East LA's Boyle Heights neighborhood. But, their lives are thrown into chaos after Felix miraculously survives a violent on-the-job hijacking led by Adell Baldwin, a merciless criminal driven by power and greed. Now facing a difficult recovery and struggling with a nasty new temper, Felix becomes obsessed with tracking down his attackers before they frame him for the crimes they committed.
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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 85%

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"John Leguizamo knocks it out of the park as an armored car driver in The Take, which is quite a bit better than you'd expect from a low-budget thriller that's getting a token theatrical release a month ahead of its DVD debut."
‑ Lou Lumenick, New York Post
"This winning combination of neighborhood indie and old-school Hollywood B movie is the kind of film that doesn't flinch from the sight of a bullet being removed from human flesh."
‑ Joshua Land, Time Out New York
"Things never quite come together and the central plot focus of the family drama is never plausible enough to make for compelling cinema."
‑ Peter Brunette, Screen International
"Abundantly gritty and atmospheric, The Take is marked with many of the errors of a first feature, and succeeds almost entirely through exceptional performances by stars John Leguizamo and Rosie Perez."
‑ Diva Velez, TheDivaReview.com
"Perez and Leguizamo make an entirely believable couple, and director Brad Furman creates an intense undercurrent of intimacy between the audience and his haunted hero."
‑ Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News
"Furman stages the final foot chase with brio, but one wishes that he'd found a way to stay at home with Felix and Marina, who don't need guns to thrill."
‑ Chuck Wilson, L.A. Weekly
"Funny man John Leguizamo gets in touch with his furious and fiery side in The Take, and that transitional extreme mood swing is surprisingly impressive."
‑ Prairie Miller, NewsBlaze
"...wildly uneven..."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"Mr. Furman, who also directs music videos, has given the movie, shot by Lukas Ettlin, a bleached-out, unglossy look. Occasionally the visuals seem overly stylized, but Mr. Furman knows enough to showcase his stars' unvarnished performances."
‑ Rachel Saltz, New York Times
"Production values are tops, and Lukas Ettlin's athletic camerawork -- coursing through the streets of Boyle Heights and other Los Angeles locations -- adds a kinetic element to a film that is half thriller, half psychodrama."
‑ John Anderson, Variety
"Indie director Brad Furman has unleashed a powerful low budget thriller that makes good use of the talents of John Leguizamo as well as those of supporting performers Tyrese Gibson and Rosie Perez."
‑ Ron Wilkinson, Monsters and Critics
"If you usually dig John Leguizamo's work, then you'll definitely want to see this one."
‑ Scott Weinberg, Cinematical
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