The Take
The Take (2007)

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… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: May 27, 2008
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Critic Score: 85% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Lou Lumenick
New York Post

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.

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Joshua Land
Time Out New York

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.

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Peter Brunette
Screen International

Things never quite come together and the central plot focus of the family drama is never plausible enough to make for compelling cinema.

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Elizabeth Weitzman
New York Daily News

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.

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Chuck Wilson
L.A. Weekly

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.

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Prairie Miller
NewsBlaze

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.

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Rachel Saltz
New York Times

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.

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John Anderson
Variety

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.

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Ron Wilkinson
Monsters and Critics

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.

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Flixster Audience Score: 50% Flixster User Reviews
Remi Logan
When I first read the premise for this film, I thought I was looking at some kinda caper flick where a bunch of working class stiffs band together to get one… More