Imitating the Bourne capers rather than establishing an identity of its own, “The Take” is a strictly by-the-numbers political thriller that fails to capitalize on
The British actor plays a brooding CIA operative whose rep for being reckless and irresponsible has landed him behind a desk in Paris.
But he finds himself back on the street, teaming up with an American pickpocket (
It soon becomes apparent that there's much more at stake than meets the eye, as mounting duplicities and double-crosses surround the country's upcoming celebration of Bastille Day (the international co-production's original title).
But even with that built-in ticking clock, the film feels like it's merely biding its time until the next requisite action sequence.
Although director James Watkins, who helped
More problematic is the strained buddy comedy repartee foisted upon Elba and Madden by screenwriter Andrew Baldwin. By the time Bastille Day arrives, this would-be nail-biter has conveyed all the pulse-pounding intrigue of a stroll along the Champs-Elysees.
Rating: R, for violence, language and some nudity
Running time: 1 hour, 32 minutes
Playing: In general release