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DVD Reviews: Takedown

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Reviewed by Tory Favro
Review Date: 26 May 2003
Distributed by:
Roadshow Home Entertainment
Running Time: 92 Minutes

Takedown is based on the true story of hacker Kevin Mitnick and how after successfully hacking his way onto the FBI's most wanted list, he found himself in a whole world of trouble.  One of the first things I do have to blurt out about this title is the fact that it was based on a book written by Tsutomu Shimomura, who was in reality Mitnick's main adversary in real life and in that respect it is a fairly evenly told story.

Tsutomu is also the co executive producer of this movie and as a result, he must have made a fair swag of money out of the book and movie deal. I found it a bit odd that nowhere did I find the name Mitnick in the credits as having collaborated at any stage of the film making process. Therefore it's a credit to Tsutomu that he actually presented Mitnick to us as the hero of the tale, or more aptly the anti hero.

To say that I found this film enthralling viewing was an understatement. It actually prompted me to do some online research about both main characters. You can find some of the items that I have read by following this link:


Skeet Ulrich (Scream) stars as Kevin Mitnick and does a great job in this film, I would like to see him in a lot more in the future. The film as far as transfer is concerned sounds fine, though there aren't really that many opportunities for the full effect of Dolby 5.1 to kick in.

Picture quality for the most part is good although I did detect trace elements of low level noise. This is purely observation and in no way detracts from your viewing pleasure. I did get the impression that this film was made for television, I may be wrong however it seems to pause in all the right places for commercials!

This is the sort of film that I was really disappointed that there were no extras to speak of. Imagine how great it would have been to hear an audio commentary from the real Mitnick and Shimomura and how they faced off against each other. With Mitnick out of jail now, this would have been a real possibility that fully complimented the film.

I recommend this movie to everyone.


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