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The Takeover review – an average coding thriller

November 1, 2022

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We review the Netflix movie The Takeover (2022), which contains no significant spoilers.

Dutch action-crime-thriller film The Takeover is available to stream on netflix, and if you’re looking for something easy and simple to watch with an intriguing little kick, this is it. Realized by Annemarie van de Mond from a screenplay co-written by Hans Erik Kraan and Tijs van Marle, the production stars of Fiction Valley Holly Mae Brood, Geza Weisz, Frank Lammers, Susan Radder, Walid Benmbarek, Noortje Herlaar, Marco Eradus, Lawrence Sheldon, Jenny Hsia, Jeremiah Fleming and Anna Deborah van der Rhee.

Mel Bandison is a white hat hacker who, after a good deed, gets herself into trouble because, collaterally, she shuts down an entire criminal organization. Accused of murder, our protagonist Mel must escape the police and find the people who surround her and blackmail her. The film has a runtime of one hour and thirty minutes and English voiceover and subtitles are available.

Brood Holly Mae plays a strong protagonist and is well acted. The story is simple and the movie made me want more drama and conflict. The movie is mostly about Mel being chased by gangsters she hacked around Rotterdam while trying to prove her innocence. There’s enough pace in the film to be classified as an action/thriller film, but unlike a film like Die Hard 4.0, the intensity was lacking. Maybe it’s because she’s a “good” hacker, a modern-day online hero, hacking to help people rather than being a criminal hacker. In fact, the hacking parts of the movie are very simplified and the focus is more on the chase and the climax. The short length doesn’t allow for much growth or innovation, so the film lacks substance.

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The film has the typical action-thriller movie tropes; we have a young hacker with exceptional skills, a father figure, and an ignorant but cute guy who adds nothing but mild comedy to the film. Oh, and the bad guy is British. I love this classic. The three main actors work well together and have good chemistry. The only real character redemption arc comes from the character Buddy, without whom the film would have been totally boring.

The cinematography and graphics are simple which makes the film feel more realistic, but really for a film about hacking you want strong visuals to see and feel the pressures of an online hack/attack. You hope the film reaches a dramatic climax; this ending was decent and had the most action in the film. I won’t spoil the ending for you, but please watch and let us know what you think.

Overall, this movie is easy to watch on a Sunday night. It’s been conventional from the start and failed to captivate and engage me as a viewer, but if you want an action thriller that’s less Hollywood drama and closer to real life, this could be the movie for you.

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