ABC Film Challenge – Action – T – Take Back (2021) Movie Review

Director: Christian Sesma

Writer: Zach Zerries (Screenplay)

Starring: Mickey Rourke, Michael Jai White, James Russo, Gillain White, Jessica Uberuaga, Paul Sloan, Nick Vallelonga, Jay Montalvo

Plot: Zara (Gillian White) and Brian (Michael Jai White) are living the perfect small town life when a mysterious stranger from Zara’s secret past kidnaps their daughter and now they must race to save her life.

Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes

There may be spoilers in the rest of the review

Story: Take Back starts when lawyer Zara (Gillian White) breaks up a hold up in a coffee shop, which will see the footage shared around the internet, her husband Brian (Jai White) helped her with her fighting, but the new spotlight has bought attention to Zara from a previous life.

When the local sex trafficker Patrick (Rourke) learns of Zara’s reappearance, he looks to send people after her, even if it gives away his operation, leading to Zara looking to end it all.

Thoughts on Take Back

ThoughtsTake Back is an action movie that will give Michael Jai White, the quieter role in a martial arts movie to let his wife Gillian White taking centre stage. This will borrow the ideas of A History of Violence, where doing the right thing will expose a secret, put the whole new family in danger. The story doesn’t need to get much deeper than that even if it does want to try and offer a twist or two along the way. Where the story does fall is by not telling us who use the girls, something simple like, passers-by, the higher ups in local city, just who, this could have made a bigger impact in the story. The action does come off clunky at times, with most of the fight scenes having too many cuts, while most seem like they are just the trained moves, over the natural fights.

Final Thoughts Take Back is a true late-night action movie, lacking intensity, but an easy watch.

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