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They Took His Daughter. He'll Take Their Lives.
|A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.|
"...moves so fast and with such single-minded, vindictive energy, there's no time for moral ambivalence. Josh Rosenblatt, Austin Chronicle
"I won't tell you Taken is great, but it's great fun. Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle
"...after Neeson starts his hunt and does his best wrath-of-God impression, it doesn't skip a beat. Patrick Parker, Premiere
"...[the action] is crisp and fast, with a minimum of computer enhancement... Stephanie Zacharek, Salon.com
Editor's NoteLiam Neeson is an unstoppable force in this adrenaline-fueled thriller from director Pierre Morel. Bryan (Neeson) has taken early retirement from the CIA in order to live closer to his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Bryan's government work kept him away from Kim for much of her childhood, and he's now trying to make up for lost time. When Kim announces that she's taking a trip to Paris with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy), Bryan is apprehensive about her traveling on her own. His worst fear is soon realized, as Kim and Amanda are abducted upon their arrival in France. Bryan immediately springs into action, using his well-honed CIA skills to piece together clues from a single, frantic phone call he received from Kim. He hops a plane to Paris, determined to rescue his daughter before she falls off the grid completely. With some help from his old CIA buddies, he tracks down the kidnappers--an Albanian crime ring known for selling young girls into the sex trade. He quickly takes matters into his own hands, plowing his way through Paris's underworld as the clock ticks down and the bullets fly. His search propels him into the upper echelons of a massive crime ring, putting him closer and closer to his beloved daughter.Neeson is known for tackling extremely cerebral roles, so it is interesting to see him in full-on action-hero mode. In TAKEN he is no less than a crime-fighting machine--a Bourne/Bond hybrid with a deathly serious baritone. And while he spends most of the film firing Uzis and snapping necks, he still manages to deliver a moving performance as an estranged father fighting for what he loves most in the world. The film undeniably owes a lot to Neeson's acting chops. He manages to raise this rather thinly plotted, deeply violent film a bar above your typical action fare.
Taken - DVD Review
By: Chris Cabin filmcritic.com DVD Reviews
Published on: 5/1/2009 5:39 PM
|Of all the men you would expect to tear through Europe to save his daughter, leaving a trail of dead like Jonestown in his wake, Liam Neeson would be relatively low on the list, coming in somewhere between Chevy Chase and Zero Mostel. Neeson has always been known for playing men of impassioned rhetoric, guys whose tongues are more powerful than their physical prowess. So, watching the man who played Alfred Kinsey, Jean Valjean, and Michael Collins take two large nails and slam them into a another man's thighs before connecting jumper cables to said nails might leave a viewer understandably flabbergasted....read the full review|
Cast & Crew
|Michel Abramowicz - Director of Photography|
|Luc Besson - Producer|
|Luc Besson - Screenwriter|
|Nathaniel Mechaly - Composer|
|Robert Mark Kamen - Screenwriter|
|Pierre Morel - Director|