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‘The Takeover’ ending, explained: How does Mel prove her innocence? Can he stop the Rotramax bus?

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‘The Takeover’ ending, explained: How does Mel prove her innocence? Can he stop the Rotramax bus?

“The Takeover” is an action thriller film that mostly revolves around random fast keyboard-clacking about skilled hacking skills and throws in some fight sequences to complement it. The story follows an ethical hacker named Mel, who stumbles upon malicious software codes and is then chased across Rotterdam by evil hackers. Everything about “The Takeover” is superficial, and there’s nothing to take away from the film, but it holds fairly mediocre value if watched only for mindless entertainment.

Spoilers ahead


‘The Takeover’ Plot Summary: What is the film about?

A Dutch military base faces a serious security problem every week as its servers and computers are hacked by some miscreants at a particular time on Wednesday, 3pm. To put an end to such threats, officials hire the best ethical hacker in the area (perhaps even the entire country), known as Buddy. Professional hackers work their way through data and code during breaches to find the exact location. Although the military feared the hacks were from Russian or North Korean enemies, the work was carried out by a teenage girl named Mel Bandison. When the authorities go to potentially arrest Mel, Buddy accompanies them, much to the girl’s delight as the hacker was someone she had always admired and looked up to. Mel revealed that he only hacked the military base because he felt that military activity was harmful to nature and was let off after serious warnings.

Ten years later, at the age of twenty-six, Mel Bandison works as an ethical hacker for a security firm that reviews and passes security certifications for any new software available to the public. As part of his job, he visited a company called Rotramax in Rotterdam, which has come up with a new self-driving and self-guided bus that will soon be launched on public roads. Mail examines the codes in the data that originally drove the bus but finds an anomaly in the form of a data violation code that is not supposed to be present. He consults with his supervisor and eventually sends a Trojan horse virus as another way to stop the breach, and in the process, hacks into the criminals’ computers, displaying a middle finger on their screen, which has always been his personal style. . However, shortly thereafter, two men break into Mel’s home with guns and a photo of her, and she somehow manages to escape. Mel goes to the police for help but learns that a more sinister plan is at work against her. The police also want to arrest him, Mel now has to find a way to escape the trap set by the cyber criminals.


How does buddy mail out help? Who hacked the Rotramax system?

The reason why Mel is suddenly public enemy number one is because criminal hackers used a scan of a woman’s face to create a deep-fake video of a man being killed in Rotterdam, where they killed someone, and this other video, in which someone like Mel is firing a gun. , was leaked to all the news and media and it also started the police chief, Dries Daudi, to search for the woman. When Mel initially went to the police, she noticed two goons who had also broken into her house, meaning they were either working closely with the police or were part of the police force and also worked with the hackers. . To escape both of these forces chasing her around town, Mel enlists the help of her recent date, Thomas Dean. Although Thomas is a common man when it comes to hacking and other technical shenanigans, the young man helps Mel everywhere and accompanies him on his escape. It is very clear to Mel that in order to save herself from this ordeal, she must release the fake video, or else she must 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 decides to contact her old master, Buddy, now after years of no contact.

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Although Buddy and Mel have been very close for years after his hacking job at a Dutch military base, the two recently drifted apart due to a particular incident. After the two became friends, they regularly hacked corrupt and unethical companies that profited by harming others and stealing their money. When they decide to use the stolen money as a donation to a victim or organization, Mel learns that Buddy didn’t donate the money but kept it for himself. Extremely angry at the man for doing this, Mel informs Interpol about this and leads the authorities to Buddy. The master hacker had to go into hiding quickly, because what they were doing was basically illegal, and he hasn’t contacted Mel since. It should be noted here that Mel’s own ethical efforts continued, even today, as he teamed up with two other ethical hackers to hack into corrupt businesses and donate all their funds to charity. But this scene of immediate danger now serves as a huge distraction, Mel contacts Buddy and the man responds by coming to meet him. He takes her and Thomas to his safehouse near the Dutch-Belgian border and begins to look for a really well-made deep-net video and its mysterious origins.

Gradually, as Buddy uncovers more information, a larger picture of the conspiracy begins to unfold, and it surprises Mel. The self-driving bus company, Rotramax, had been doing business with a software company called Xiao Ming, a Chinese multinational with no reputation. However, although Xiao Ming also had investments in other European companies, what was unknown was that the company was actually using data mining tools on the software codes of these invested companies. In the case of Rotramax buses, cameras mounted on the buses were supposed to collect facial data of all passengers and match them with police and other safety records so that the automated vehicle and its passengers are not caught in any situation. Alarmingly, Xiao Ming and its cybercriminals were collecting this facial data and matching it with other databases, such as health and legal records, breaching people’s public phones and home security cameras as well, then selling the entire data package to the Chinese government. Since Mail shut down this entire operation suddenly and untimely with its encrypted Trojan horse virus, the hackers decided to attack the woman directly and take her down. Mel immediately reported this extremely dangerous breach of privacy to Police Officer Daudi, but the officer refused to stop the police search for Mel. But in the meantime, criminal hackers locate her and Buddy and decide to meet them.

Mel was convinced 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 for a visit. He decides to go back to Rotterdam to grab this video of his face from the Rotterdammax databank, and just as he’s about to leave the safe house, hackers break into the place. Led by a British man named Rogers, these attackers work directly for Xiao Ming to bring down Mel, but the woman hides herself and Thomas in time and Rogers kills Buddy. Mel then rushes to the Rotramax compound and enters his server room, where Rogers again stops him from capturing his video. Using a quick hacking skill that turns off all the lights in the room, Mel escapes death when the police also arrive on the scene. Rogers is aware that the Rotramax server has evidence of a data breach that would easily incriminate his clients in Xiao Ming, so he sets fire to the server. However, Daudi and his police force quickly arrive at the scene and they capture both Rogers and Mel. The woman now pleads her case again and wants a chance to prove herself Daudi is convinced, and they enter the server room to put out the fire and then go through the mail data code. This fateful day was also coincidentally the same day for the first public trial of Rotramax self-driving buses, the city councilor was also a guest at the trial. However, as soon as the server caught fire, the bus lost all control and was now proceeding on its predetermined route, avoiding any other vehicles or obstacles that came in its way. Mel sees this as an opportunity to further his cause, as he now vows to hack into the software codes of the bus and bring it under his control.

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‘The Takeover’ Finale Explained: Does Mel Bring the Rotramax Bus to a Stop Before Grave Peril?

When Mel recruits two of his hacker friends to the case and gets help from Thomas, Xiao Ming hacks the hackers to open the Erasmus Bridge, which falls into the bus’s predetermined path. As the bridge opens, the bus and its passengers will jump into the water to their deaths, possibly looking at the Rotramax error and destroying the bus’s camera evidence. It’s not as if Rotramax was unaware of Xiao Ming’s privacy breaching code that was part of their software, as the company specifically received money from Chinese investors to run the data code inside its system. However, when Rotramax realized the gravity of the situation and threatened Xiao Ming to take control of its operations, Chinese investors turned against the company and Rogers issued direct personal threats against Rotramax’s CEO. Back in the present, with the help of Thomas and his two hacker friends/associates, Mel takes control of the bus and stops it before it plunges into the river. He shows Daudi the original video of the killing by a different man and explains to him how his face was superimposed on the man’s body in the video. He then exposes the malicious privacy-violating software and manages to save himself and all the passengers on the bus.

‘The Takeover’ relies heavily on a very superficial portrayal of hacking and convenient action scenes. Whether his face matches the video of a criminal committing a serious crime such as murder, although other evidence does not match, Mel can definitely be charged with murder, requiring further questioning. Although the main drama of the film is now over, there is one last need – to erase any negative image of Buddy. Shortly after the previous events, Mel receives a pre-recorded video message from Buddy in which the man tells him what he actually did with all the money they stole. The man saw great potential in Mel’s work and was also supportive of his noble cause of robbing the corrupt rich to give to the poor. But for Mail to do this successfully, it needs the right structure and resources to hack multinational companies and corrupt governments. Buddy used the money to build these structures and resources for Mel, and the woman now happily continues on her moral hacking path with her new boyfriend, Thomas.


“The Takeover” is a 2022 drama action film directed by Annemarie van de Monde.

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