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The Take follows a group of redundant Argentinian factory workers who occupy their idle factory in the aftermath of the county's economic meltdown of 2001, planning to run it as a mutually profitable co-operative

★★★★★

Made by husband-and-wife campaigning journalist team Avi Lewis and Naomi Klein (of No Logo fame), The Take is a documentary blast at economic globalisation.

It follows a group of redundant Argentinian factory workers who occupy their idle factory in the aftermath of the county's economic meltdown of 2001, planning to run it as a mutually profitable co-operative. The tale of solidarity - the little guy taking on the big man - is inspiring, and the way the ordinary folk of Argentina have suffered at the hands of corrupt and callous capitalists will make all but the truest of blue blood boil.

But the appearance of the filmmakers in front of the camera feels self-indulgent, and the suggestion that factory takeovers are the only alternative to unfettered global capitalism is a little far-fetched. Politically powerful, but filmically flawed.

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