After getting turned down for a job, Thom finds his landlord throwing all of his belongings into the hallway. With no job prospects and no place to sleep, he turns to driving his illegal taxicab around the streets of New York. Fortunately for him, Claire Barrow isn’t having a good day, either. Her husband is flirting with his secretaryand her estranged father has suffered a heart attack in California. In a frenzy, she hails what she assumes to be a cab. What she gets instead … is Thom. With her life in ruins, Claire decides to pay Thom to drive her out to California and he reluctantly agrees. The path across America takes more than the usual detours and that forces them to choose between the lives they’ve left behind, and the possibilities glimpsed along their journey. — (C) Monterey
Take Me – Ray Moody (Pat Healy) is a fledgling entrepreneur, trying to get his company off the ground in Los Angeles. His business: the niche Kidnap Solutions, LLC, specializing in abductions that provide alternative therapy for his clients. When a mysterious call contracts him for a weekend kidnapping with a handsome payday at the end, Ray jumps at the opportunity. But the job, and his target – business consultant Anna St. Blair (Taylor Schilling of “Orange is the New Black”) – may not be all that they seem. TAKE ME, which threads the needle between crime thriller and slapstick farce, is the feature directorial debut of Healy, who’s appeared in more than 40 films including COMPLIANCE, CHEAP THRILLS, THE ASSASSINATION OF JESSE JAMES BY THE COWARD ROBERT FORD and MAGNOLIA.
This is a review from the Tribeca 2017 screening of Take Me. The film opens in theaters and on VOD platforms Friday.
Although the concept of someone paying money to take part in a simulated abduction may sound ludicrous, it’s a very real thing and is the subject of Pat Healy’s directorial debut, Take Me. Those who have far too much money and not enough excitement in their lives can pay a company to randomly kidnap and torture them for a specified amount of time. Again this is a real thing; check out Blackout if you’re curious.
The abduction itself goes off without a hitch, despite some predictable resistance from Anna, but things quickly start to escalate when Ray begins to believe that there’s a possibility Anna didn’t hire him to kidnap her at all. He realizes if he lets her go that she’ll go to the police, so he decides to become a real kidnapper and hold onto her until she accepts that this was all a misunderstanding. It doesn’t go well for him.
Take Me is a solid directorial debut from Pat Healy and will hopefully be a sign of good things to come as he transitions to a career behind the camera. Funny and entertaining with a couple of great performances from its leads, this one is worth a look.