Take Me – A Very (Darkly) Funny Movie

Cheap Thrills is one of my favorite movies of all time. Coincidentally, it is also one of the least talked about/mentioned movies I’ve ever seen. It came out in 2013, and even though it flew under everybody’s radar, I somehow caught it, and have loved it ever since. A big reason for me liking this it was, amongst many things, Pat Healy, who crushed it in that role. Ever since then, I have been following his career carefully, so it was a pleasant surprise to see that Take Me was his directorial debut.

He mentioned in an interview that he considers Take Me to be similar to Cheap Thrills and Small Crimes, but way less cynical. Citing Cheap Thrills in any way will make me interested in that film, so I was kind of excited to watch this film after hearing that. I went into this film as blind as a bat, knowing only who the director was, since I wanted to be as surprised as I was when I watched Cheap Thrills for the first time. So, did this film live up to the pedigree of Cheap Thrills? It certainly did.

Here’s the synopsis from Wikipedia:

Ray is a fledgling entrepreneur who specializes in high-end simulated abductions. He jumps at the chance when a mysterious contracts him for a weekend kidnapping with a handsome payday at the end. But the job isn’t all that it seems.

This film was directed by Pat Healy as I mentioned before, and who also stars in the film as Ray Moody, among the rest of the crew who includes Taylor Schilling as her contractor Anna St. Blair, and the screenwriter Mike Makowski.

Right off the bat, the best compliment I can give this film is how funny it is. I don’t usually laugh out loud when watching films on my own, but this film accomplished that a couple of times during its runtime. Another thing I enjoyed immensely was the score of this movie. I don’t usually notice the score of a film, but this one stood out in a good way, simply because it gave the film a very fun and playful tone, which helped it from becoming too grim or dark. Also, I have to give props to Pat Healy‘s performance for making the film as funny as it turned out.

There weren’t a lot of things that took away from my enjoyment of this flick, but there was one big thing that annoyed me about this film, and that was the ending. I predicted how this film was going to end in the first 10 minutes. That would’ve been a deal-breaker in a plot-heavy film, which luckily this film wasn’t, but it still annoyed me a fair amount. That was the only big problem I had with the film, but I did have other nit-picky issues with it as well, like certain scenes that were a little too goofy.

In conclusion, Take Me was a very good film. It was an extremely fun ride that kept me glue to the screen throughout its tight 90-minute runtime. I love movies that are similar to Cheap Thrills or even Small Crimes, but I enjoyed the fact that Pat Healy took a lighter route to make a film that would be more enjoyable. And even though I found the ending very predictable, and some scenes bordered on being bad slapstick, this film still had me invested in what would happen next, and that’s the best thing a film can accomplish.

Final Rating – 3.5/5.


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