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on 22 December 2010
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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on 29 January 2009
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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on 17 November 2008
Superior action thriller, with an 80's style linear plot but with 90's sensibilties. Really enjoyed this - the action was gritty and on the
whole grounded in reality - and Liam Neeson was more than convincing at the Bourne style hand to hand combat, and firearm handling, as well as playing an essentially hard man role with a strong sense of dignity and morality.
The Paris locations, and Albanian gangs made for an interesting change as well!
Yes, it's predictable but refreshingly free of the usual malaise of trying to be clever & twisty and then dissapearing where the sun don't shine.
It's violent, but perhaps not to the extent of say, Death Sentence, and Liam Neeson does seem to beat/torture/shoot everything that moves!
There are some grim scenes involving the young girls being trafficked that only serve to increase your desire for Neeson to punch even harder or shoot an assailant 5 times rather than 2!
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Liam Neeson plays the lean hard guy surprisingly well in this efficient if brutal thriller.
He is divorced and has given up his career as a government agent of some description, to be near his 17 year old daughter, who lives with his ex-wife and her new rich husband.
When she is kidnapped on a trip to Paris, all his expertise kicks in to get her back. And really, that is about it - in an era of sophisticated thrillers with labyrinthine plots, the narrative here seems very simple and told in straightforward linear fashion, with few if any surprises.
And yet, it works - because it is lean and fast - the action is brutal and frenetic in close up Bourne style, and once events kick off it really does not let up until the unsurprising conclusion. Neeson is lithe and believable as a trained killing machine, giving the film a huge boost of credibility.
There is it has to be said a mean streak in Neeson's character at odds with the family man, as he mercilessly kills off any and everything that gets in his way. In fact, it becomes almost unpleasant that the film is purporting an American has a right to do whatever he likes in Europe to protect `his own', including torture, on the spot assassinations, and untold collateral damage.
However, watched as a straight action flick, this is entertaining enough, as long as you have a strong stomach for the unpleasant underbelly of Paris dying as faces are smashed into hard objects, bullets shatter limbs, and others die in... well, let's say shocking ways. It's like an urban Rambo invented for a new generation!
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on 10 February 2009
Just watched this with my dad. An avid hater of American action movies, and even he was taken by suprise at how good this movie is.

Allot of action movies these days dispenses with the proper feelings and emotions behind revenge and true hatred.
But hell, this one doesnt. In a movie that casts Liam Neeson brilliantly in the lead role of a father hell-bent on finding his daughter, and killing (not bringing those responsible to justice such as other movies these days) the people responsable for his daughters kidnapping, attempted drug grooming and passing into prositution.

This in my opinion, is one of only a few good movies that addresses a persons natural reactions and feelings should something happen to their family. Check out Charles Bronson's 'Death Wish', Jodie Foster's 'The Brave One' and Denzel Washington's 'Man on Fire' as well as this for a accurate depiction of a man or womans true rage if their loved one has been harmed.

As action movies go, this one has it all. It has a couple of good car chase scenes. A combination of brilliant fight scenes, as well as what can be described as a couple of brutal interigations and murders by the lead.

Neeson as i said was brilliant, and my only small gripe is at Famke Janssen who i have liked in other films, but i must admit i found a bit anoying in her small role in this one.

I would definately suggest this movie for someone looking to add to their collection. It is well worthy of a 5 out of 5 considering the trype being released these days! I couldn't bring myself to give it a 4. It just scrapes a 5... Enjoy!
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After a career which distanced from his family, former CIA officer Bryan Mills hopes his retirement will finally allow him to build bridges with his daughter and become more involved in her life - though he probably never expected this...

On a holiday to France, Mills' daughter Kim goes missing and her father is witness to the event via the phone call they are having at the time. Even while his daughter is on the phone about to be abducted he instructs her, after being absent in her life for so long he's finally there when she needs him. Armed with little information he flies over to Paris to try and find his her, the film follows Mills' actions as he fights deep into the criminal underworld in order to keep the promise he made to his daughter - to bring her back home. His methods are frequently violent and often ingenious, focussed solely on his daughter he has little regard for anyone else and he leaves a trial of broken limbs behind him.

'Taken' works well as an action-thriller. The main protagonist isn't a muscle-bound hero, he's a middle-aged guy who wouldn't look out of place behind you in the queue at Tesco - but he's calculating, in control, clever - and that makes him dangerous. The film stretches plausibility and the overall cast isn't all that convincing, but Liam Neeson is perfectly cast and he grounds the film, he may be cold and show little emotion - but small nuances give away the emotional drive behind this fathers quest. This is fast paced and the inventiveness of this thriller ensures that it remains gripping, you never know what move Mills will make next. His mental agility is equally as impressive as his physical capabilities but Taken has its weaknesses.

Towards the end of the film it does all seem to be a bit too easy for Mills, you become resigned to the fact that he will fight through any number of baddies with graceful ease, he is perhaps *too* efficient. Information, even extracted from the smallest snippet of audio seems incredibly detailed and quick to come by. The depiction of Eastern European gang leaders is a bit lazy, the stereotypes could have walked straight out of any number of films over the last decade. Mills' investigations uncover some pretty gritty scenes concerning the underground sex trade, the sight of women forced into sex under the influence of drugs is a soberingly dark one. After being exposed to such a brutal world it would have been nice to have seen a bigger justice dealt out, one which saw more comeback for those involved in supporting the illegal sex trade. But instead the film seems to run out of steam and rushes to deliver a pretty swift conclusion, the finale is a bit cheesy, it's typically Hollywood and the "they all lived happily ever after" ending doesn't quite fit in with what you've just seen.

In a nutshell: As an action-thriller this succeeds more than most, Neeson is fanstastic in the lead role but he is ultimately left to carry the film and although you appreciate his overpowering urge to protect his daughter - you care little for the spoilt girl. Big issues are exposed here but the film has too narrow a focus, I enjoyed Taken but when it ended I felt that it glossed over major elements and missed opportunities to be a much greater (and poignant) feature.
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on 13 March 2015
Have watched this a million times and still can always go back and watch it. Of course this is the first movie of the trilogy and in my eyes is the best one. A great action film that honestly anybody could enjoy. What's not to like.
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on 30 September 2014
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

Taken is a great action packed thriller that will not disappoint you. The action leaves you at the edge of your seat and gives you that rush! and it just never stop. It's a huge thrill ride that leaves you eager and makes your heartbeat. A simple but good idea executed well by the director. It does more then enough to keep you entertained. It get's very intense and thrilling at times too. A movie with intense non-stop action through out. What more could you want?

Liam Neeson does superbly in his role as an ex-spy, who is professionally trained to kill, that goes save his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) after she is kidnapped (taken). The length of the film could be longer but it's still a decent amount of time as the action never stops. If your looking for a really fast paced action packed, you can do much worse than Taken.
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on 21 March 2016
My family thoroughly enjoy watching this film. It's a good, entertaining drama-thriller that doesn't rely solely on violent scenes for effect. In contrast this steady paced film has you hanging on your seat with some great scenes. Underneath the bed scene is one of our favourite scenes. It really is a 'look behind you' moment! Similarly Liam Neeson plays a great part 'I will find you...'

This film is so entertaining that I don't mind watching it over again. It's great to watch after a hard days work when you feel like chilling out with an enjoyable thriller
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on 14 April 2009
Brilliant - 5 Stars - action movie and really supeb blu-ray picture quality.
I am very impressed! Liam Neeson is in his best form. Without doubt "must have" in any blu-ray disc collection.

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ENGLISH 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio


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