Notable Cast: Joane Mitchell, Victoria Smurfit, Jonathon Slinger
Being only one of three films I chose at Fantasia this year that you wouldn’t e able to file under the horror gene, The Taking (also known as Bait), was a film where I was looking for something different. Director Dominic Brunt, whose only feature before this is a zombie flick, directs this film that analyzes the two lead’s nightmare and does a pretty decent job. The terror comes from situation and Brunt puts our leads in as they find everything that they own or love at stake including significant others, family, and their own lives. This little film isn’t one that Fantasia fans have heard much from and it is was placed to the smaller venue, but to still a sold out crowd of curious genre lovers and while The Taking did not garner a yelling crowd, it was definitely well received.
The Taking follows cafe shop owners Dawn and Bex (played by Joane Mitchell and Victoria Smurfit respectively) who are looking to expand their business from outside the local market to their own little shop. After failing to acquire the necessary loan to open their business from the bank, Dawn decides to hear out an offer from Jeremy (played by Jonathan Slinger) a new acquaintance who tries to befriend the discouraged twosome. Up to the point that they finally feel tricked and decide to decline the money, it is already too late. The events giving clues to Jeremy’s identity up to this point give answer as Dawn and Bex get involved in a do or die situation as Jeremy is looking to collect.
I think the best way to view The Taking is not seriously like I did because then you just start pulling your hair out. If you decide to do otherwise, then it’s some pretty decent popcorn fun. I may have exaggerated the issue of some of the less than smart decisions that the characters take but there are a few laughs to be had and the end resulted in the biggest reaction from the Fantasia audience and it was definitely a positive one. Seeing the villain get his just desserts is super satisfying. The Taking lays in the middle of the spectrum of a film that definitely deserves the Netflix viewing or rental but not exactly the full purchase price.
Written By Elise Holmes
Elise Holmes is not your average writer. Dedicated to her Evil Dead fan site The Deadite Slayer, she is doing Fantasia Fest coverage this year for Blood Brothers! Check out her site HERE!