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The Takeover is an action thriller film that relies primarily on random rapid keyboard clicks to indicate efficient hacking skills and throws in some combat sequences to complement this. The story follows an ethical hacker named Mel who stumbles across malicious software codes and then gets chased all over Rotterdam by the evil hackers. Everything about The Takeover is superficial, and there’s very little to take away from the film, but it’s pretty mediocre value if you’re just watching it for mindless entertainment.

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The Takeover Plot Summary: What is the Movie About?

A Dutch military base faces a serious security problem every week since its servers and computers are hacked by a group of rogues at 3pm on Wednesday. To put an end to such a threat, officials appoint the best ethical hacker in town (possibly even the country), known as Buddy. The professional works through the data and codes at the time of the break-in to find out the exact whereabouts of the culprits. While the military feared the hacks came from Russian or North Korean enemies, the job turned out to be done by a lone teenager named Mel Bandison. When authorities may want to arrest Mel, Buddy goes with them as well, much to the girl’s cheering as the hacker was someone she always admired and looked up to. Mel reveals that she only hacked the military base because she felt military activity was harmful to nature and was fired after serious warnings.

Ten years later, around the age of 26, Mel Bandison works as an ethical hacker for a security company that reviews and issues security certifications for any new software released to the public. As part of her work, she visits a company in Rotterdam called Rotramax, which has developed a new self-driving and self-driving bus that will soon be introduced on public roads. Mel searches the data codes that essentially power the bus, but finds an anomaly in the form of a data breach code that shouldn’t be there. She consults with her boss and ends up sending a trojan virus the other way to stop this breach, thereby hacking into the criminals’ computers and making them show the middle finger at the screens, which has always been her personal style . Shortly after, however, two men with guns and a photo of her break into Mel’s house, and she somehow manages to escape. Mel seeks help from the police, but finds that an even more sinister plot is at work against her. With the police trying to arrest her too, Mel must find a way to escape from this cybercriminal trap.


How does Buddy Mel Out help? Who had hacked into the Rotramax system?

The reason Mel is suddenly made public enemy number one is because the criminal hackers had used facial scans of the woman to create a deepfake video of her shooting a man in Rotterdam while she was investigating the murder committed by someone else. This video of someone resembling Mel firing the gun is making the news and media, and this is also prompting Police Chief Dries Daoudi to launch a search for the woman. While Mel had initially gone to the police, she had noticed the two thugs who had broken into her house there as well, meaning they were either working closely with the police or were part of the police and also working with the hackers. To escape from these two forces chasing her around town, Mel enlists the help of a recent date of hers, Thomas Deen. Although Thomas is more of a simpleton when it comes to hacking and other technological gimmicks, the young man helps Mel all the time and accompanies her on her escape route. Mel realizes that in order to save herself from this ordeal, she must get rid of the fake video or she will surely be arrested by the police. But reaching this video and finding out more about it is really beyond her technical skills and because of this she now decides to reach out to her old master Buddy after many years of being out of touch.

Although Buddy and Mel had been very close for years after she hacked into the Dutch military base, the two had recently broken up due to a certain incident. After becoming friends, the two regularly hacked into corrupt and immoral companies that made profits by harming others and stealing their money. While they decided to use this stolen money as a donation to the injured person or organization, Mel found out that Buddy had not donated this money but had kept it for himself. Extremely angry at the man who did this, Mel informed Interpol and led authorities to Buddy. The master hacker had to go into hiding quickly because what they were doing was essentially illegal and he hasn’t had any contact with Mel since. It must be mentioned here that Mel’s own moralistic quest to do the right thing continued as she even now teamed up with two other ethical hackers to hack into corrupt companies and donate all their money to charity. But with this scenario of imminent danger now acting as a major disruption, Mel contacts Buddy, and the man responds by coming over to meet her. Taking her and Thomas to his hideout near the Dutch-Belgian border, he begins investigating the really well-done deepfake video and its mysterious source.

As Buddy digs up more information, a bigger picture of the conspiracy begins to emerge, surprising Mel. Self-driving bus company Rotramax had done business with a software company called Xiau Ming, a Chinese multinational with a good reputation. Although Xiau Ming had also invested in other European companies, it was unknown that the company actually used a data mining tool in the software codes of these invested companies. In the case of the Rotramax bus, the cameras mounted on the bus were meant to collect facial data from all passengers and cross-check it with police and other security records to ensure the self-automated vehicle and its passengers were not placed in a situation of danger. But Xiau Ming and his cybercriminals had collected this facial data and checked it against other databases such as health and legal records, along with people’s payphones and surveillance cameras, to then sell the entire data package to the Chinese government. Since Mel had put an abrupt and premature end to this whole operation with her encrypted trojan virus, the hackers had decided to attack the woman directly and take her down. Mel immediately informs police officer Daoudi of this insanely dangerous invasion of privacy, but the officer refuses to call off the police search for Mel. But in the meantime, the criminal hackers find her and Buddy and decide to pay them a visit.

Mel becomes sure that the only way the hackers could get such a good picture of her face was through the cameras on the Rotramax bus, which scanned her face when she went in for inspection. She decides to return to Rotterdam to get this video of her face from the Rotramax database and just as she is about to leave the safe house, the hackers storm the place. Led by a Brit named Rogers, these attackers work directly for Xiau Ming to take Mel down, but the woman hides and Thomas in time, and Rogers kills Buddy. Mel then rushes to the Rotramax compound and breaks into their server room, where it is once again Rogers who prevents them from getting their video. Using quick hacking skills that turn off all the lights in the room, Mel escapes death while the police also arrive at the scene. Rogers is aware that the Rotramax servers have evidence of data breaches that would easily incriminate his customers at Xiau Ming, so he sets the servers on fire. However, Daoudi and his police are on the scene quickly and arrest both Rogers and Mel. The woman pleads her case once again and asks for a chance to prove herself. Daoudi is convinced and they enter the server room to put out the fire and then Mel runs through the data codes. This fateful day also happened to be the day of the first public trial of the self-propelled Rotramax bus, which was also attended by the city council. However, by the time the servers were set on fire, the bus had lost all control and was now rushing forward on its preordained route, ramming into any other vehicle or obstacle that got in its way. Mel sees this as an opportunity to further her cause as she now promises to hack into the bus’s software codes and take control of it.


The Takeover ending explains: Will Mel stop the Rotramax bus before serious danger arises?

While Mel entrusts her two hacker friends with the case and also gets help from Thomas, Xiau Ming’s hackers hack into the Erasmus Bridge, which falls in the given course of the bus. With the bridge open, the bus and its passengers would submerge in the water and die, potentially leading Rotramax to seek blame and also destroying the camera evidence on the bus. It’s not that Rotramax didn’t know about Xiau Ming’s data breach code that was part of their software, since the company had received money from the Chinese investors for specifically running a data code in its system. However, once Rotramax realized the seriousness of the situation and Xiau Ming threatened to control his actions, it was the Chinese investors who turned against the company and Rogers had made direct personal threats against the Rotramax CEO. Back in the present, along with the help of Thomas and her two hacker friends/collaborators, Mel takes control of the bus and stops it just before it is about to plunge into the river. She shows Daoudi the real video of another man committing the murder and explains how her face was planted on the man’s body in the video. She then also alerts everyone to the malicious, privacy-invading software and manages to save herself and all the passengers on the bus.

The Takeover relies heavily on extremely superficial hacking portrayal and cushy action scenes. Whether the fact that her face matched video of a perpetrator committing a crime as serious as murder, when other evidence was totally inconsistent, could mean Mel could definitely be charged with murder must be further questioned. Even though the film’s big drama is now over, there remains one last necessity – to erase any negative image of Buddy. Shortly after the previous events, Mel receives a recorded video message from Buddy, in which the man tells her what he actually did with all the stolen money. The man had seen great potential in Mel’s work and was also a supporter of her noble cause of plundering the corrupt rich to give to the poor. But for Mel to be able to do this successfully, she needed the right framework and resources to hack into multinational corporations and corrupt governments. Buddy had used the money to create that framework and resources for Mel, and the woman now happily continues on her path of ethical hacking with her new lover Thomas by her side.


The Takeover is a 2022 drama action film directed by Annemarie van de Mond.

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