We have all seen revenge thrillers such as 'Payback', and kidnapped family dramas like 'Frantic'. More recently, the 'Hostel' series has tried to show us that western tourists get captured to be abused. Films like 'The Bourne Identity' give us improbable plots that are glossed over by set piece action sequences. If you can imagine an amalgam of all three styles, then you have 'Taken'. You forgive the plot loopholes and fantastic coincidences because you are carried along by the pace, the violence, and the energy of Liam Neeson. If you want to sit back and be entertained by a modern thriller, root for the hero, ignore the sometimes gratuitous violence, and not worry about the character stereotypes and the plot, then this is the one for you. I was surprised how much I enjoyed it but I did.