TAKE DOWN focuses on the reckless sons and daughters of international billionaires, who have been sent by their frustrated parents to an exclusive, tough-love boot camp on a remote island, where they will be taught basic survival skills in the hope it will teach them to take responsibility for their lives. When they are taken hostage and held for a billion dollar ransom by a group of sophisticated kidnappers, the young captives suddenly need every ounce of their brief training to survive.Written by
The lighthouse shown near the start, and titled "West Soay, Scotland" is actually South Stack lighthouse on the Isle of Anglesey, North Wales. It is an Isle of Man/Welsh production after all. Although the footbridge is now closed to the public, you can still walk down (and back up) the 365 stone steps that zig-zag up the cliff face. See more »
Numerous times during the course of the film, when the actors are walking through the water or through the forest - after they come out and reach land, in the next scene their clothes are dry as well as their hair. See more »
Riveting thriller with charismatic cast
I'm not quite sure why reviewers are not warming to this piece. It's interesting all the way to the reform island, I really wanted to see what became of the brat. The island itself is a magical place, very pleasing to the eye, and the movie comes with competent cinematography, but it's authentic, and from the crucible more noble traits arise, a joy to witness. The baddies are well chosen and well played. It's a joy to see them challenged. The soundscape is moving, classical, but not ordinary. The story has been well thought out, there's no fat to trim here. The high altitude of some of the island gels well with pursuit and pursued. Much of it was shot in the rain, a nice touch. You can feel the chill of the climate, juxtaposed against dire desperation. Survival is more a matter of bravery than technique. It's a clever story, professionally done, truly enjoyable, and deserves better mention.
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