Film Preview: The Take (2016)

Page Revisions:

(October 9, 2016) Original
(November 13, 2016) New Poster (#4)

Release Date:

November 18, 2016


From IMDb: “A young con artist and former CIA agent embark on an anti-terrorist mission in France..”

Poster Rating: C+ / C / D+ / C-

Review: (#1-#2) These three designs are all have a similar feel and aesthetic, the slight differences determine the quality of the poster itself. (#1) is distinctive within the general marketplace as it doesn’t feature the same poses we’ve seen countless times, just a few. (#2) is very commonly used, though at least still establishes the film as a shoot-em-up actioner in Paris like the first design. (#3) is actionless, boring, does little to promote the film. All three feature the old, international title, which means there’s likely to be a U.S. version at some point in the future.

(#4) More images of Idris Elba pointing a gun. The background change, while nice, doesn’t make up for the unreasonably boring design.

Trailer Rating: C+ / C

Review: (#1) Before it was The Take, this film was called Bastille Day as it used that annual French celebration as a backdrop for its action setting. After the actual Bastille Day attacks in France, producers pulled the film and have ultimately retitled it. This first trailer came out before that happened and showcases a film that looks more like an episode of Luther than a theatrical motion picture, but has a few unique elements. It’s modestly exciting, but not enough to recommend. (#2) The second trailer, on the other hand, cuts out several bits of the first to tighten up the pacing, but doing so doesn’t make it more enticing, which could be a problem since this is now the version using the new title.

(#2) XXXX

Oscar Prospects:


Trailer #1

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Poster #4

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