The Taking (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Thriller, Drama
82 minutes /

User Score: 56/100

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The Taking Review


Bex and Dawn are trapped. They dream of taking control of their lives and owning their own upmarket cafe, but no one will give people them the opportunity.

The Taking (2014) is a UK English drama thriller movie that is also known as Bait (2014) that I was anticipating seeing. Director and producer Dominic Brunt (Emmerdale (1972), Before Dawn (2013). Emmerdale: Don’t Look Now! - The Dingles in Venice (1999), Emmerdale: Paddy and Marlon’s Big Night In (2011)) did an okay job directing his third movie. Dominic’s efforts were not enough to make this film an enjoyable film although it had a sub-plot and a great ending. Dominic is a better actor than director and should maybe consider staying in the acting field.

The Taking revolves around Yorkshire town and a few people that resides in the town. Si (Adam Fogerty - Snatch (2000), Stardust (2007), Little Voice (1998), Greenfingers (2000)) is a collection agent that collects non-bank loans. Jeremy (Jonathan Slinger - A Knight’s Tale (2001), Still (2014), The Last September (1999)) is a representative who works for an organization that offers debt relief. Dawn (Joanne Mitchell - Before Dawn (2013), Way of the Monkey’s Claw (2015), Licence to Live (1994)) and Bex are best friends who operate a pastry kiosk in their local marketplace. Dawn and Bex (Victoria Smurfit - The Beach (2000), Bulletproof Monk (2003), About a Boy (2002), Trial & Retribution (1997)) wants to move into a shop but cannot obtain/secure a loan. Things/time is rough in the town of Yorkshire and Dawn has a lot on her hands to handle. Dawn has an 18-year-old autistic son that takes up the majority of her time, and she also has to deal with her Eastern European mother. Bex is not a people’s person type of girl because she has a sharp tongue that will drive away just about anyone although guys are initially attracted to her bodacious body and cleavage. Jeremy visits Dawn, and things start to flourish/blossom as they enjoy each others company.

As the film progresses, we see Jeremy’s daughter being bullied at school while Bex and Dawn are feeling that they will get hurt for not repaying a loan that does not exist. I was rooting for someone to stand up to the loan shark because it was heartbreaking to see him use extreme violence to terrorize shopkeepers and stall owners in Yorkshire. Si even demands people to pay a loan on loans that were denied, and everyone is too scared to seek help from the police because they are afraid of getting brutally hurt from Si.

The entire cast gave an outstanding performance that was convincing. The cast had talent, and I was sad to see their performance go to waste as this movie was a huge disappointment. The special effects department did not succeed in making the blood/gore look real because it screams, fake. I did not like the cartoonish effect when it comes to the violence, and I did not understand how a character can be harshly hurt in one scene and then perfect in the next scene. I admire the message that the movie portrays or tries to give out which is, females are strong. The violence appears unrealistic because actors overreacted when they were being terrorized. I gave this movie a score of 3 because it was too slow paced with a dragged on storyline that goes downhill.

About The Taking 2014

Title: The Taking
AKA: Bait
Year: 2014
Runtime: 82 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Thriller, Drama
Score: 1.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.75/5 stars from 18 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 18
Starring: Lee Hardcastle, Charlie Chuck, Dave Nolan, Geoffrey Newland, Megan Rosendale, Adam Fogerty, Andrew Squires, Rula Lenska, Anthony Mark Streeter, Tracey Sheals, Mason Adams, Mica Proctor, Victoria Smurfit, Sam Tunnicliffe, Emma Hewitt, Zachary Moore, John Wilson, Caren May, Joanne Mitchell, Sharon Craig, Mark Rathbone, Becky Bartrum, Leanne Rowley, Lesley Southworth, Kerry Bennett, Helen Tunnicliffe, Jonathan Slinger, Moore Zach, Andrew Dunn, Jonah Stephenson
Writers: Paul Roundell
Director: Dominic Brunt