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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Taken

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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

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Trevor Willsmer HALL OF FAMETOP 50 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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55 of 59 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 OEJ TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
The highly respected actor Liam Neeson plays the part of Bryan, a former 'covert operative' agent highly trained at 'preventing' and has seen some action in the Middle East fighting the Hezbollah among many other factions in other unsettled parts of the world. But now he's retired so that he can spend more time in LA with his 17-year-old daughter, who lives in that city with his ex-wife and her new super-rich husband. Daughter goes on a trip to Paris with a girlfriend, they get kidnapped within hours of arriving and Daddy takes it upon himself to get her back, all on his own, against seemingly impossible odds.

This started out as what appeared to be a welcome return to the screens of an intelligent thriller. There aren't enough of those these days and I relished the chance to see a very good actor in a well-scripted, suspense-filled movie. I thought I was on to a winner, but very soon after Bryan arrives in Paris the whole mood and impression of the film changed; the dialogue became next to meaningless (most of what is there is somewhat stereotyped) and it quickly descends - or ascends, you could argue - into a fast, action-packed thriller of a more violent kind. I must admit that it was done well, it satisfied the base human need for retribution but it didn't make me think very much. The pace of the hunt and pursuit across Paris was well choreographed and the violence was uncompromising and bordering on the gratuitous, but once again this did satisfy at a basic revenge-fuelled level. It's just that I had expected something more intellectually challenging given the tasters of the first twenty minutes or so. Instead it quickly transforms itself into a veritable orgy of snapped necks, point-blank shootings and the ubiquitous decapitation to conclude a car-chase.
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