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Reprehensible but damn entertaining with it,
This review is from: Taken (Extended Harder Cut) [DVD]  (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.