A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
Protect your friends and yourself when being hunted by an international crime organization. Ethically hack criminals.
Positive Role Models
Mel is an ethical hacker and tries to do good with her skills. Her mentor, Buddy, is also a decent person, even if he kept lots of money that was supposed to go to victims of crime. Thomas is also a good guy, just trying to help.
The hero is Dutch, White, and a woman. The main cast is Dutch and White. A few people of color round out the supporting cast.
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Violence & Scariness
Some gun violence, blood, and fighting. People get shot a fair amount, and bodies often fly through the air. A few times, people get shot in the head, and once, graphically, as the man's head snaps back when shot. A camera video of a man getting shot in the head is shown many times, but the film is grainy. Some corpses are shown with bullet holes in them. There is police violence, fist fights, and people get kicked, thrown, hit, and hurt. Main characters are under constant threat, danger, and are chased often, on foot, in cars, etc. Men with guns break into a woman's apartment. Men threaten to kill people. A runaway bus crashes into many cars, and people get hurt.
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Frequent strong language includes: all variations of "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," "Jesus," and the middle finger.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that The Takeover is a Dutch thriller about an ethical hacker, Mel, who stumbles into an international crime conspiracy. She's quickly framed for murder and hunted by police and criminals who want her dead. There's a fair amount of gun violence, fighting, and people being chased. Main characters are constantly under threat. A few times, people get shot in the head, and once, graphically, as the man's head snaps back when shot. A camera video of a man getting shot in the head is shown many times, but the film is grainy. Some corpses are shown with bullet holes in them. There's a lot of strong language, which includes: "f--k," "s--t," "a--hole," "bitch," "damn," "Jesus," and the middle finger. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
There's a lot to like in this quick, pacey, thriller. But The Takeover is also quite shallow and a movie that doesn't want the audience thinking that much. Illogical inconsistencies bring down the believability of a lot of what happens, especially the denouement where the film literally turns into Speed (the Keanu Reeves classic). Not very much is explained, either, regarding the actual conspiracy, how "the Chinese government" is exactly behind all this, or why Interpol isn't interested. Thus, the movie doesn't want a thinking audience, but nor is the movie made for the oppositely inclined. Surface-level thriller is written large across the board, so to speak.
Fittingly, the characters seem to be drawn thinly, with each person's role and purpose clearly delineated. No character ever surprises or does something unexpected, so they become simple functions of moving the story along. This is a little limiting, given that the film could've had more personality if the characters had more personality. Yet, this isn't the fault of Holly Mae Brood's performance as Mel. She does what she can with a very restricting script and thin character. But the story does move along quickly.
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