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Prepare to get Taken for the ride of your life! “Liam Neeson is an unstoppable force” (Premiere) in this action-packed international thriller that will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. When his estranged teenage daughter (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy (Neeson) sets out to find her at any cost. Relying on his special skills, he tracks down the ruthless gang that abducted her and launches a one-man war to bring them to justice and rescue his daughter.
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, on a trip to Paris, she's kidnapped by slavers, Mills uses all his connections and skills to turn the city of lights upside down and rescue her. Like most of the movies that writer/producer Luc Besson has a hand in (such as La Femme Nikita, The Transporter, Unleashed, and many other French action movies), Taken drips with lurid violence (a bit toned-down to get a PG-13 rating, but there's still plenty of it), deranged sentimentality, and stereotypes of all kinds. But this doesn't stop his movies from being effective thrill-rides, and Taken is no exception. Taken pays just enough attention to the illusion of procedure--making it seem like Mills knows all the right steps to track down his daughter--that the movie cheerfully seduces your suspension of disbelief, despite many plot holes and scenes where Mills doesn't get scratched despite bullets flying in all directions or pretends to be a French policeman despite not speaking French or even adopting a French accent. What holds it all together is Neeson; his gravitas and emotional availability make his character--the usual action fantasy of impossible competence and righteous fury--somehow seem real and relatable. --Bret Fetzer
Stills from Taken (Click for larger image)
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Weak and unlikely story. All the bad guys roll over for him like subservient dogs, even when they have multiple machine guns and he has a puny pistol. Stupid...Published 2 days ago by Bill Clay
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|Theatriclal vs. Extended Version?||
The extended version shows Liam jabbing spikes into the bad guy's legs for the electrodes rather than just connecting the high voltage clips to his chair.
May 25, 2009 by AC500Driver | See all 9 posts
|Would not play at first- Even with Firmware update.||
The "Taken" blu-ray disc will not play at all on either of my Sharp Aquos BD-HP21 players.
May 17, 2009 by Roger Bagley | See all 8 posts
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I wish they would tell us this as well!!! I also look for the digital copies and the only reason I saw this one had one at first was because it shows the back case, usually they do not...
Jul 11, 2010 by V. Reynolds | See all 4 posts
|Taken = Commando, only updated and done seriously||
It doesn't need a remake Commando & Taken are solid action movies.
Aug 19, 2011 by J. Paul | See all 2 posts
|English version has no sound||
Sounds like your receiver can't decode DTS sound. Just a guess, though.
Apr 6, 2010 by DeAd MiKe | See all 2 posts
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