A young pickpocket and an unruly CIA agent team up on an anti-terrorist mission in France.


James Watkins
3,200 ( 319)





Cast overview, first billed only:
Idris Elba ... Sean Briar
Richard Madden ... Michael Mason
Charlotte Le Bon ... Zoe
Kelly Reilly ... Karen Dacre
José Garcia ... Victor Gamieux
Thierry Godard ... Rafi Bertrand
Vincent Londez ... Yannick Bertrand
Arieh Worthalter Arieh Worthalter ... Jean
Mohamed Makhtoumi Mohamed Makhtoumi ... Christophe
Théo Costa-Marini Théo Costa-Marini ... Xavier (as Théo Costa Marini)
Jérôme Gaspard Jérôme Gaspard ... Yves
Ismaël Sy Savané Ismaël Sy Savané ... Serge (as Ismael Sy Savane)
James Stewart ... Henri
James Cox ... Pierre
James Harris ... Marcel


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 kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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Outside the law, there are no limits. See more »

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Rated R for violence, language and some nudity | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Producer David Kanter pointed out that it's the way the characters have been developed. The characters are not conventional heroes; rather, they are all flawed and forced by circumstance to discover who they really are. One key to the success of the film is that they are believable and realistic. He said: "It feels like a movie from the 1970s, where the characters are all carrying something heavy in their psyches. They are thrown together by fate and come to realize that the bombing isn't what it appears to be, so they are forced to depend on each other." See more »


In the scene when Karen (Kelly Reilly) is trying to get Sean (Idris Elba) to come in with the two suspects, she tells him he is going "off the renovation". The correct term is "off the reservation". See more »


[last lines]
Michael Mason: So where do I go from here? I didn't even get the money. Are the CIA gonna reimburse me?
Sean Briar: Guess you gotta get a job.
Michael Mason: A job? The CIA for anything going?
Sean Briar: Yeah, you can clean the cars.
Michael Mason: Cleaning like swept for bombs?
Sean Briar: No, buddy. Soap and water.
Michael Mason: What about something in surveillance?
Sean Briar: I don't think so.
Michael Mason: The mailroom?
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Written by Dan Smith, Raykeea Wilson (aka Angel Haze), Mark Crew, Dan Priddy
Performed by Bastille, Angel Haze, 'F*U*G*Z', Braque
(p) Virgin Records Ltd
© WWKD / Angel Haze LTD
Courtesy of Universal Music Vision
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A great thriller
23 April 2016 | by colinwillsgibsonSee all my reviews

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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Release Date:

18 November 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Take See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, Île-de-France, France See more »


Box Office


$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$41,546, 20 November 2016

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2.39 : 1
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