| Original Score: 3/5
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.
| Original Score: 4.5/5
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.
| Original Score: 3/4
Though the film takes some time to get going, once Neeson arrives in Paris, the 91-minute runtime flies by like its stuck on fast-forward.
| Original Score: 4/5
Taken is a fast-paced, high-octane action movie that ... doesn't take very many detours into soul-searching melancholy.
I liked it, but don't expect the unexpected in this French action thriller -- especially in an ending that is about as predictable as a Pine Sol commercial.
| Original Score: B
It's got all the attributes of a guilty pleasure - excitement, some undeniably enjoyable scenes and the absence of what it needs to be more memorable and more substantial.
| Original Score: 71/100
This heart-stopping revenge flick written by Luc Besson is easily Liam Neeson's most memorable performance since his Oscar-nominated outing in Schindler's List.
| Original Score: 4/4
In a lesser actor's hands, the powerful impact of the subject matter would not have been so ably delivered.
Taken is the best action thriller of 2009 thus far.
This briskly paced movie delivers a full payload of action and leaves you mentally exhausted. You immediately recall the famous line from "The Wizard of Oz" that "There is no place like home."
| Original Score: 2.5/4
A morally specious but undeniably efficient brainstem-tickler -- the most effective action/revenge thriller in years.
Neeson delivers a typically compelling performance in (for him) an atypically muscle-bound role.
Fortunately, somewhat-sloppy storytelling never gets in the way of this briskly paced action adventure.
This is a Neeson driven story and he doesn't disappoint for anyone who likes him or a good adventure/thriller.
Neeson is a major reason Taken, a riveting, revenge thriller gets praiseworthy marks.
| Original Score: A-
This is not a movie about moral dilemmas-it's about a father who will rip out your eyeballs if you don't give him his daughter back.
Single-minded and suitably rough around the edges.