Michael Mason, a pickpocket living in Paris, steals a bag with a teddy bear in it. Not realizing the toy contains a timed bomb, he tosses it aside on a busy street. A few seconds later it explodes, killing four people. CCTV footage reveals Mason's face and the French police tag him as a terrorist threat. The explosion, although botched, was set up by a select group of the French Interior Ministry as a decoy so they can make a half billion dollar digital transfer from a bank (closed on French National Day) -- hence the title Bastille Day. In a separate CIA investigation the unruly agent Sean Briar discovers the real story behind Mason's "terrorist attack". The two men, on different sides of the law, collaborate to bring the corrupt members of the Ministry down.Written by
Show-business trade paper 'Variety' reported on 18th November 2015: "PARIS - While many studios and indie distributors have canceled their premieres and releases for security and/or commercial reasons, some companies handling pics dealing with terrorism are facing another challenge. Studiocanal is now in the process of re-thinking its release strategy for 'Bastille Day' [aka 'The Take'] the actioner starring Idris Elba as a former CIA agent hunting down terrorists across Paris. The movie is supposed to come out in the U.K. on Feb. 19, followed by Germany on March 17 and France in July, but a Studiocanal rep said the roll-out schedule will certainly be tweaked. 'In light of the recent tragic events, we're re-evaluating the timing of the film's release across Europe,' the rep said." See more »
Following the roof chase when Michael makes his way through the marketplace, he steals a grey jacket and puts it on over his green hooded jacket with the hood hanging out. The green hood then alternately disappears inside the grey jacket then reappears over the following few scenes. See more »
Surprised this isn't at least in the 7's on here. Elba is excellent, no cheesy crap Bond esque love interests. Just a proper thriller with some great twists and decent action sequences. Some comical moments in a non Marvel universe cheesy way.
Nothing incredibly new with the plot, but it does keep you interested for the duration. The end hints at a sequel, which could be interesting.
If you like a good action / thriller - this is the best I've seen in a long while. Not quite as good as the old Bournes, but certainly better than recent Bonds.
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