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Taken (2009)



Critic Consensus: Taken is undeniably fun with slick action, but is largely a brainless exercise.

Movie Info

An ex-soldier (Liam Neeson) traveling through Europe embarks on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after the young girl is abducted by slave traders in District B13 director Pierre Morel's contemporary thriller Taken. Robert Mark Kamen joins the screenwriting team, which also includes Morel and longtime collaborator Luc Besson, who also produces. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovimore
Rating: PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language)
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Directed By:
Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 12, 2009
Box Office: $144.9M
20th Century Fox - Official Site


Olivier Rabourdin
as Jean Claude
Jon Gries
as Casey
Gerard Watkins
as Patrice St. Clair
Mathieu Busson
as Undercover Agent
Camille Japy
as Isabelle
Marc Amyot
as Pharmacist
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News & Interviews for Taken

Critic Reviews for Taken

All Critics (167) | Top Critics (41)

It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Rolling Stone
Top Critic

As Kim, Maggie Grace is a bit old to convincingly portray a boppy underage teenager, although she appears to be giving her best to a one-dimensional role that essentially disappears during the movie's slam-bang midsection.

Full Review… | September 29, 2011
American Profile

Neeson stars in the sort of part Harrison Ford would have gotten ten or fifteen years ago.

Full Review… | August 16, 2011
East Bay Express

The dialogue is functional at best, Bryan's motives are basic; it's all apt for this bare-knuckle punch of an action movie.

Full Review… | July 14, 2011
Digital Spy

It's so awesome to see Liam Neeson taking out the trash in pursuit of his prized child.

Full Review… | April 4, 2011

In Taken viewers are introduced to a new side of Irish actor Liam Neeson, one that is relentless and likes to hit criminals in the throat -- a lot.

Full Review… | February 1, 2011
Palo Alto Weekly

Audience Reviews for Taken


Liam Neeson is a complete bad ass mfer in this move!! The worst part about this movie is the premise, as a father of two girls it scares the living daylights out of me. This and the movie Trade with Kevin Kline .. i need nothing else to scare the shit out of me.

John Manard

Super Reviewer

A fun, adrenaline rush of a thriller about a former CIA agent (Liam Neeson) whose daughter is kidnapped in Paris and sold into the sex slave world, forcing him back into action to rescue her. Neeson brings a raw edge to a new breed of government agent, always cool and collected, and it is fun to watch him in action. Despite Maggie Grace being totally miscast as a 16 year old when she looks to be about 25 in real life, the acting is overall pretty solid. While the ending left me wanting more, the movie is well plotted and executed, thanks in large part to clever choreographed fight scenes and Neeson's stellar turn. Highly re-watchable and definitely recommended.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

Both incredible and terrible, "Taken" will always hold the titles of 'over-hyped." I really don't understand the hype of this film, sure the action is fun to watch, but the film has such a thing plot that it makes it pretty laughable at times. As a man's daughter is taken, he seeks vengeance on the people who took her, blah blah blah, we have seen all this before, but the fact that it can surprisingly keep you intrigued is what sells it for me. Liam Neeson makes the film worth while, as he pretty much does for any film he is in and the quick cuts in each action sequence make it very kinetic and heart-pumping. It is definitely not a film to watch over and over again, but overall, it's a fun popcorn flick. "Taken" is the epitome of the term "Hollywood," and it plays it safe in every aspect. Fun and exciting, but bland at heart.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

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