Take (film)

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Directed by Charles Oliver
Produced by Chet Thomas
Written by Charles Oliver
Starring Minnie Driver
Jeremy Renner
Bobby Coleman
Adam Rodríguez
David Denman
Music by Roger Neill
Cinematography Tristan Whitman
Edited by Andrew McAllister
Crossing Paths
Telos Films
Distributed by Liberation Entertainment
Release date
  • April 27, 2007 (2007-04-27)
Running time
98 minutes
Country United States
Language English
Box office $6,627[1]

Take is a 2007 American crime thriller directed and written by Charles Oliver and stars Minnie Driver, Jeremy Renner, Bobby Coleman, Adam Rodríguez and David Denman. The film premiered at Tribeca Film Festival on April 27, 2007.


Ana Nichols attends the execution of a criminal, Saul Gregor, whose actions led to tragedy. Interspersed with the present day scenes, flashbacks tell the stories of Ana and Saul.



Rotten Tomatoes, a review aggregator, reports that 45% of 29 surveyed critics gave the film a positive review; the average rating was 5.1/10. The site's consensus reads: "A story of redemption held together with flashbacks, Take has moments of emotional intensity, but is ultimately undone by preachiness."[2] Metacritic rated it 22/100.[3] Ronnie Scheib of Variety wrote, "[T]he fragmented past is far more dramatic and suspenseful than the present-day story of retribution, which creates a sense of imbalance and spiritual anticlimax."[4] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter called it a "grueling, hard-to-take drama that is well worth the viewer's effort".[5] Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times rated it 2/4 stars and called it "a monotonous slog through dirgeland".[6] Robert Abele of the Los Angeles Times wrote, "Take is called a thriller in its press notes, but it's really one of those tragedy-under-a-microscope slogs that assumes a surfeit of storytelling angles makes a harrowing incident automatically more interesting."[7] Nathan Lee of The New York Times wrote, "If there is anything the cinema needed less than another angst-ridden, cross-cutting tragedy about crime, fate, memory and redemption, it's the kind shot in an ugly monochromatic palette suggesting a world drained of emotions and filmmakers parched of imagination."[8]


  1. ^ "Take". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  2. ^ "Take (2008)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  3. ^ "Take". Metacritic. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  4. ^ Scheib, Ronnie (2007-06-06). "Review: 'Take'". Variety. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  5. ^ Scheck, Frank (2007-05-14). "Take". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  6. ^ Ebert, Roger (2008-06-30). "Take". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 2014-08-06 – via RogerEbert.com. 
  7. ^ Abele, Robert (2008-07-25). "A film that's out of the bag". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 
  8. ^ Lee, Nathan (2008-07-18). "Life Penalties". The New York Times. Retrieved 2014-08-06. 

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