Taken 2008

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A former spy (Neeson) relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter (Grace), who has been forced into the slave trade.

Starring:
Liam Neeson,Maggie Grace
Runtime:
1 hour, 30 minutes

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Action & Adventure, Crime
Director Pierre Morel
Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace
Supporting actors Famke Janssen, Xander Berkeley, Katie Cassidy, Olivier Rabourdin, Leland Orser, Jon Gries
Studio Twentieth Century Fox
BBFC rating Suitable for 18 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWER on 15 Sept. 2010
Format: DVD
A surprise US blockbuster hit, Pierre Morel's Taken is another slick thriller from Luc Besson's French production line that delivers what it promises far more effectively than most. The plot is simplicity itself, a straight-line narrative with no diversions as Liam Neeson's ex-secret agent tracks down the people-traffickers who kidnapped his daughter in Paris by the tried-and-trusted method of killing almost everyone he meets and torturing those he doesn't kill - before killing them as well. In between killing most of France's Albanian immigrant population he also shows he's an equal opportunities avenger by killing a few Arabs, the odd American and even shooting a former French friend's wife in the arm to persuade him to hand over some politically sensitive information. All of which should be a lot more obnoxious than it actually is were it not so well executed (executed being a particularly appropriate word) and if it left you long enough to think, but it moves fast enough and stages its action well enough (no shakeycam or excessive MTV editing here, thankfully) with just enough mild ingenuity between the violence to make for an entertaining hard-edged action movie that plays like a somewhat more down to Earth combination of Schwarzenegger's Commando (minus the Village People-style villain) and a Continental version of Ashanti (it even ends with a fight on another sheik's boat). Silly and probably reprehensible, but far too entertaining with it to complain about.

Although the audio commentary from the French DVD hasn't been carried over to the UK release, it does include a decent selection of featurettes and a good 2.35:1 widescreen transfer.
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56 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Dash Riprock on 22 Dec. 2010
Format: DVD
On paper, Liam Neeson would appear to be an unusual choice to play the heatseeking missile of a man locked onto rescuing his daughter from sex trafficking Albanian hoodlums in Paris. He soon dispels any doubts with a masterful display of pent up vengeance and calmly brutal expertise with cars, guns, knives and fists. Once the kidnap has taken place it's non-stop action as he uses his CIA field skills to track down the baddies and start terminating them with extreme prejudice. Whilst the villains are crudely drawn, the violence is never cartoonish, being from the Bourne school of realism. Okay, it's not the most densely plotted or sophisticated of films, but the pace is relentless and Neeson dominates the screen without ever trying too hard. Highly recommended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By doctor oz MB,MRCP on 28 Feb. 2009
Format: DVD
The French director Morel is again implicating that corruption translates from the higher echelons of the government -like in his previous French thriller B13 ,this combines corrupt bureaucrats and interred conspiratorial elements between politicians and ordinary gangsters as being the root level cause of crime.

Albanians crime gangs are shown just to be as exploited as their victims here, though they are the instruments of torture and evil in open here-the cops and politicians are the main villains who support the crime mafia .

Liam looks devastating as the lean mean fighting machine -a high octane action thriller which is very well made and some people applauded in the theatre too-it is formulaic and has loopholes too but is entertaining -a rare quality today in cinema .

The ambiance of the Parisian drug prostitution hovels makes it dark and harrowing at times ,though not as chilling as 'Eastern promises'which is a a more realist movie on somewhat similar theme .

I enjoyed it despite the action hero stereotypes for it's rather endearing paternal affect and superb pacing with slick action pieces and Neeson's performance .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Constance Bell on 5 Oct. 2013
Format: DVD
A while ago my mum brought this home along with her Tesco's shopping (one of her bargains from the bargain bin). Given my mums previous track record picking out dire films we were not expecting much. How wrong could we be.
so Liam Neeson isn't the obvious choice to play an action hero. But unlike other action hero's who are just muscle and not much else, he displays a quiet unassuming quality which possibly feels more believable and gives a more dangerous edge. It is probably this that what makes this a good film in comparison to all the previous films with a similar story line. We had a good feeling as soon as he muttered his now famous line to his daughters kidnapper ("I will find you, and I will kill you.."). You feel his anger and want to come along for the ride.

From then on it was non stop action as he kills everyone who gets in his way to finding his daughter. Clichéd? probably, but Liam's performance makes this a cut above the rest. While the subject matter is serious, this is a film to sit and veg out over, not to be taken seriously. Of course its not meant to be believable. being shot at close range and managing to dodge the bullet is far fetched but this is a film to be enjoyed.
Unlike other films, I found I could watch this film again and again.
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92 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 29 Jan. 2009
Format: DVD
There are two sides to this movie - the serious one and the fun one.
The serious is that it tells a story based on things that really happen (the women's fate in this movie). My wife just watching these scenes was so horrified and pissed off in the same time that I haven't seen her like that. The bad characters are 100% bad and you feel great when they are taken care of by the enraged father.
The fun part is that the story is very fluent (not believable but you wish you were this guy with his set of skills to do the job that he is doing).
Another idea of Luc Besson - and a brilliant one.
Liam Neeson - I was disappointed when I saw his name in the leading role. But when I saw him in action...he is 100% convincing and excellent in this role.
Looking for a good action movie that will keep you glued to the screen for 1.5h?! - This is your 100% guaranteed pick.
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