The Take details
|Formats:||18 DVD, Blu-ray|
|Starring:||Brian Cox, Kierston Wareing, Shaun Evans, Charlotte Riley, Tom Hardy|
|Studio:||ITV STUDIOS HOME ENTERTAINMENT|
|Run time:||2 hours 56 minutes|
|Rental release:||06 Jul 2009|
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Gritty ViewingBy juliec3067 (14 reviews) from Cheshire , 30 Jun 2009
[Highly rated reviewer]Martina Cole must be applauded for this must watch mini series. Bringing to life her gritty novel 'The Take' in such a clear, dynamic and visionary way. Set in the hardened East End of London amongst the gangsters and criminals live Freddie and Jimmy. Long time friends who are growing up in the Thatcher era of the 80's, pulling scams and getting deeper into the criminal world. Building reputations on both violence and respect through their harsh times.....problem is, only one is being given the respect on the streets. Watch as Freddie and Jimmy start to unravel, jealousy erupts and a path of devastation is put in motion..........fantastic series. Defo must see. Probably the only picture I have preferred over the book!
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A Good British DramaBy SuzySue (37 reviews) , 06 Nov 2013Tom Hardy was absolutely brilliant in this, such a troubled character what an actor, it made me think I wouldn't want to cross him! Other actors were amazing too. We didn't want it to finish. Very brutal and it makes you think what can be happening out there in the real world!! A must to watch. In fact may watch it again.
The TakeBy christiebellehylton (1 review) , 22 Oct 2013The Take was sooo good!!! Myself and 3 others watched the entire thing in one sitting!! Tom Hardy was such a good actor! :-) Must see!!!
T Is FOR TRIPE!By Crazytrucker (12 reviews) from Anywhere-But-Here UK , 30 Aug 2013The majority of you must have read a different book and seen a different TV series to the one I saw. What was Brian Cox thinking when he stumbled into this? Never have been a fan of Tom Hardy, but had he and the actress who played his wife had a bargain basement buy one get one free lip enhancement surgery? As an East End boy of the 50's and 60's these 'boys' would have not existed and certainly would have been eaten before they ever became criminal 'masterminds'! Not for me, this was painful and I lost the will to live after episode one, but being as I had no paint to watch dry I saw it through to the bitter end. T is for Tripe!
persuasive contrivance of classic storyBy lesliejung (97 reviews) from london, england , 06 Jun 2013
THIS REVIEW CONTAINS SPOILERS Show review anywayHidewhile there is no question this is a compelling series to watch, its relentless focus on a criminal sociopath and the contrived and too-pat ways his deviance damages people around him keeps the story tethered to him and it becomes a bit sort of claustrophobic. there is no figure who stands up to him, and so the plot revolves solely around avoiding his irrational wrath. plotting sometimes seems to be about activity by people to his wrath, but it avoids moving in repetitive circles,engaging in hyperbolic activity that we engage with- if he goes near a woman he wants to rape her, and she, by gosh! gets pregnant; numerous hilarious scenes of crude lovemaking with jouncing breasts (of course) if someone crosses him or belittles him, they will die. the denouement in the next generation which i will not spell out here, is contrived and is the weakest part of the story taking biblical axioms about next generations to extremes. and, as a matter of fact, the sociopathic central figure's reactions are too unbelievable for someone damaged in this way. to some extent, it is a story searching for violence, and all the actors make the best of it - in fact, there is not one who does not deliver a strong and convincing portrayal - really, very impressive. brilliant cast and directing- both action and camerawork, and settings - make this grand melodrama sub-soprano story without the italian dressing - work. the series also jumps years to show us in shorthand how things are progressing - and i did not see much relation to their aging etc. two characters finally do to freddie, the sociopath, what we wish had been done all along - and how they do it, and who does it is a terrific idea and well played out. a good few hours (granted a skipped ahead it was all so relentless, and it did not harm the experience.)
grippng stuffBy a customer , 28 Apr 2013Tom hardy is a fantastic actor in this. Excellent story line by martina cole and highly recommended viewing. The runaway, also by martina cole, is another grippng drama. If you like this you should watch it also