TAKEN FROM ME: THE TIFFANY RUBIN STORY is based on the dramatic true story of Tiffany Rubin s (Taraji P. Henson, Academy Award-nominee for The Curious Case of Benjamin Button) daring 2008 rescue of her six-year-old son, Kobe, after he was abducted by his biological father and taken from his home in Queens, New York, all the way to Seoul, South Korea. At the urging of her mother Belzora (Beverly Todd, The Bucket List), Tiffany seeks the counsel of Mark Miller (Terry O Quinn, Lost) and his charitable organization, the American Association for Lost Children. With Mark s help, Tiffany is able to travel to Korea to execute a high-stakes plan to bring her son home.
A mother's nightmare comes to life when a figure from the past kidnaps her child. In this Lifetime movie, Tiffany Rubin (Taraji P. Henson, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
), a New York teacher, shares a happy home life with her son, Kobe (Drew Davis), and her husband (David Haydn-Jones), but then she lets Kobe travel to Disneyworld with his Korean-American father, Jeff (Sean Baek). Her mother (Beverly Todd) disapproves of the arrangement, since Jeff has never paid child support, but Tiffany believes her ex-boyfriend has gotten his act together. Her opinion changes when she can't reach him by phone and finds his apartment empty. She seeks help from the police, who find that he's taken Kobe to South Korea, after which she contacts the FBI and meets with investigators, but they're either too slow or too expensive. In desperation, she turns to Mark Miller (Lost
's Terry O'Quinn, bringing his usual gravitas) from the American Association for Lost Children. Miller recommends that she reach out to other teachers in Korea, which helps to pinpoint Kobe's location, so they take off for Seoul to bring her boy home. If they fail, they risk serious legal consequences. Henson has proven her acting chops in movies like Hustle and Flow
, but she's less effective here, at least in the crying scenes, where she overdoes the theatrics (she's more believable when the tide starts to turn). Fortunately, that doesn't make Rubin's ordeal any less significant; and other parents could learn from her experience. --Kathleen C. Fennessy