The Take (2016)

The Take (2016)
  • In Theaters: November 18, 2016
  • MPAA Rating: R for violence, language and some nudity
  • Genres: Action, Drama
  • Run Time: 1 Hour 32 Minutes
  • Distributors: Focus Features, StudioCanal, Amazon Prime Instant Video
  • Stars: Idris Elba, Richard Madden, Charlotte Le Bon
  • Directors: James Watkins
  • Writer: James Watkins, Andrew Baldwin
In British spy thriller "The Take," Idris Elba stars as a CIA agent who runs roughshod across Paris in order to stop a group of French criminals. Agent Briar (Elba) is more Dirty Harry than James Bond though: a CIA psychological profile aptly sums up his bed-side manner as "lacking interpersonal empathy." He's not just a tough guy: he's a bull in a China shop, and he makes no apologies for his dickish behavior. Briar would be detestable if he were played by almost any other actor. The scene where he clotheslines American pickpocket Michael Mason (Richard Madden), draws a gun on him, and boasts "Yeah, muthafucka, now what!" perfectly exemplifies his nastiness. But because the line is spoken by Elba, I almost stood up and did a touchdown dance. And I didn't want to take my shirt off and cheer because of the preceding rooftop foot chase, nor the slipshod action choreography: Elba is just really charming.

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