|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:||Pierre Morel|
|Written By:||Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen|
|In Theaters:||Jan 30, 2009 Wide|
|On DVD:||May 12, 2009|
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Critic Reviews for Taken
It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.
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.
Neeson stars in the sort of part Harrison Ford would have gotten ten or fifteen years ago.
The dialogue is functional at best, Bryan's motives are basic; it's all apt for this bare-knuckle punch of an action movie.
It's so awesome to see Liam Neeson taking out the trash in pursuit of his prized child.
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.
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.
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.
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