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Taken (2008)

30 Ratings: 3.7
A movie directed by Pierre Morel

What could be a skillful but ordinary action flick gets a surprising emotional heft from the presence of Liam Neeson as the hero. Bryan Mills (Neeson) has given up his career as a spy to form a relationship with his estranged teenage daughter--but when, … see full wiki

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Director: Pierre Morel
21 reviews about Taken (2008)
Quick Tip by . April 03, 2013
posted in Movie Hype
Taken is good as a popcorn flick, but my main beef with this movie lies in the fact that for this type of movie, a PG-13 rating held back a lot of potential carnage that would be right at home with it.  Even with that taken into account, it was fun to see Liam Neeson kick a ton of ass and kill tons of heinous people.      As stated earlier, this is good popcorn entertainment, but if you want superior pieces of fiction dealing with the Eastern European human trafficking …
Quick Tip by . June 20, 2012
posted in Movie Hype
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I saw this again during Father's Day--I have to say that this has one of the best lines ever in movies. If a father is so calm and reserved during a stressful situation, when he says that he will find you, bad guys better listen--that means he means it...and he can.      Great Father's Day movie! see full review here.                              &n …
review by . May 12, 2011
posted in Movie Hype
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Parents, if you're tempted to allow your teenagers to travel on their own to Europe, watch Taken before you decide. Today's Europe is a far cry from the romantic picture that many Americans still imagine. Bad things can and do happen to naive teens arriving for an adventure. Having visited France, the setting for Taken, several times in the past decade, I can say firsthand that this country has been inundated with emigres from eastern Europe, and not all of them are innocents in search of …
review by . February 08, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
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I've always liked Luc Besson. His films usually have a lot of cool attitude but still touches on realism (ok, maybe not "The Transporter") in storytelling and it is always a delight to see him take on a popcorn action thriller. His past projects include "District 13", my personal favorite "Kiss of the Dragon" with Jet Li, "High Tension" and "Danny the Dog" (again with Jet Li). Besson co-writes and Pierre Morel directs in this latest action thriller …
Quick Tip by . April 25, 2010
I don't know if I believed a minute of it or will remember it in a month, but it was darned good in-the-moment thrills!!
review by . November 12, 2009
   Neeson is excellent as a government operative who is divorced and is still trying to make amends to his teenage daughter for not being there for her during many of her formative years. He is very protective for her because of his training Thus he is extremely adverse to his daughter going with a friend to Paris for a vacation.       At first he totally refuses to give her permission but is pressure by both his daughter and ex-wife to sign the permission slip. Of …
review by . June 16, 2009
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Normally, I wouldn't think of Liam Neeson as an "action star", but some of his more recent films have made me question that a just a little bit.  He played Batmans nemesis Henri Ducard/Ra's Al Ghul in Batman Begins and later in 2010 he is going to be playing Zeus in Clash of the Titans.  Despite these roles though, I still wouldn't classify Neeson as an action hero, but when he needs to be, he sure can play one and that is exactly what he does in Taken.  I was really impressed with …
review by . December 12, 2009
Liam Neeson becomes a one man avenging angel when his daughter is taken by sex slave traders in Paris during the 21st century .    For 20 minutes we establish Neeson as a spook + who loves his daughter but was never there, his wife is has remarried a very rich man and he can't compete with him. The daughter wants to take a trip overseas with a friend, her father objects but relents with conditions that she ignores.    Lucky for her she keeps the phone he gave …
review by . December 07, 2009
There are literally thousands upon thousands of films to watch these days; films in any genre that you can possible think of. Some of these films are great films, some are horrible and some are horrible and great at the same time. It really all depends upon you mood and what you want to watch at any given time. Now I normally like romantic comedies or films such as The Princess Bride. But that being said, I also like a mixture in the type of movies I watch. I do not like a complete steady diet of …
review by . December 06, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a retired and divorced ex-spy, who now lives only for his estranged daughter. The trouble is, while she seems happy enough to see him when he manages to meet her, usually she won't give him the time of day. She's got all she wants from her enormously wealthy stepfather, and all she wants from her real father is permission to go to Paris. He's reluctant because, as an ex-spy, I guess, he knows that Europe can be much more dangerous than most people think, especially for …
review by . November 12, 2009
Neeson is excellent as a government operative who is divorced and is still trying to make amends to his teenage daughter for not being there for her during many of her formative years. He is very protective for her because of his training Thus he is extremely adverse to his daughter going with a friend to Paris for a vacation.    At first he totally refuses to give her permission but is pressure by both his daughter and ex-wife to sign the permission slip. Of course the actual …
review by . May 29, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
One of the most exciting and interesting movies to be released in the first-half of 2009, TAKEN is a thrilling movie about one father's journey to rescue his daughter from Eastern European kidnappers who intend to sell her as a sex slave to the highest bidder. Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a retired CIA special ops man who has recently moved so that he can be closer to his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace) who is living with his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) and her wealthy stepfather (Xander Berkeley). …
review by . May 24, 2009
This is one intense, action packed, one and a half hours of movie. There is something that drew me in, and made me believe almost all of the amazing things that happened. The car chases were pretty spot on (going the wrong way down Les Quais de la Seine was a bit over the top); the gun fights; and the hand to hand fighting were incredible but not over the top. Liam Neeson, Bryan, is one lean mean Albanian killing machine.     Bryan, former CIA agent, is divorced from his wife …
review by . September 17, 2009
posted in Movie Hype
While watching "Taken" I was reminded of several other "Lost Child" films and surprisingly the one which first came to mind was Arnold Schwarzenegger's "Commando." Specifically this movie is what that movie should have been like. Liam Neeson outshines Arnold with a witty and far more sympathetic and charismatic character portrayal.    The film's plot is simple but has enough twists and texture to make it into a fulfilling experience. I could go on and on talking about Neeson …
review by . May 11, 2009
Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a father who for years neglected his family in lieu of his job as a government agent. His daughter Kim is 18 and Mills is now feeling remorse over those lost years but has to contend with his daughter's stepfather, who is trying to assume the role of father. Mills reluctantly agrees (after pressure from his ex-wife) for his daughter to go to Paris with a friend, but shortly after she arrives, he receives a call from her telling him her friend has been kidnapped. Mills …
review by . June 30, 2009
WOW...is the word that describes this action-packed thriller. Liam Neeson stars as a divorcee and ex-government operative whose difficult relationship with his remarried ex-wife is surpassed only by his love for his daughter. But when he is pushed into allowing his daughter to go on a trip to Paris with one of her girlfriends, his worst nightmare comes true....and this Dad must dig deep into his bag of tricks...his "very special set of skills".....to bring her home again.    Never …
review by . May 22, 2009
Liam Neeson hasn't kicked this much butt since Darkman.  His daughter has been kidnapped whilst on holiday in Paris and the abductors challenge him to try and find them.  A former CIA agent who freelances in his sparetime decides to dole out some payback by taking names, breaking bones and leaving a trail of dead bodies all over the city whilst looking for the ones who are responsible for abducting his daughter.  Throw in some highly illogical plot twists and defying the laws of gravity …
review by . May 17, 2009
TAKEN is a fast paced, well designed and choreographed action thriller that details the return to duty of an intelligence man, whose career distanced him from his family, when his own daughter falls victim to the crime syndicate in Paris. The driver of this well written (Luc Besson! and Robert Mark Kamen), well directed (Pierre Morel) film is the non-stop violence filled mission of a desperate father whose skills at getting to the heart of a matter have not been diminished by his 'early retirement'. …
review by . March 15, 2009
Whoa! "Taken" written by Luc Besson and directed by Pierre Morel moves quickly through its 94 minutes with the assuredness of a film that makes no claim to be anything than what it is--pure adrenaline producing action that entertains.     Don't expect any hidden political agendas or veiled messages about the state of the world. Don't analyze each and every segment thinking that every "i" will be dotted and every "t" crossed. Just sit back, buckle an imaginary seatbelt and prepare …
review by . March 02, 2009
Liam Neeson plays Bryan Mills, a father who for years neglected his family in lieu of his job as a government agent. His daughter Kim is 18 and Mills is now feeling remorse over those lost years but has to contend with his daughter's stepfather, who is trying to assume the role of father. Mills reluctantly agrees (after pressure from his ex-wife) for his daughter to go to Paris with a friend, but shortly after she arrives, he receives a call from her telling him her friend has been kidnapped. Mills …
review by . November 23, 2008
Liam Neeson is one of those actors that although you will admire their work, Taken is a movie you could never expect them to be the lead in. It's a full blown action movie that challenges the 56 year old and his acting ability to appear cool. The film has its drawbacks, but they are all massively outweighed by the better parts of the film.     The film focuses around retired spy Bryan Mills (Neeson) whos daughter is kidnapped whilst on a trip to Paris with her close friend. He's …
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