Liam Neeson is such a badass in this film. For an actor whose background doesn't include many action films, Neeson plays the action hero like a pro. Sure, sometimes the film pushes the boundaries of believability with some of Neeson's sleuth skills, but it is so cool, I'm willing to overlook it. Then there's the action, which is all excellent, clever, and heart-pounding. Whoever choreographed the action and fight scenes is brilliant because the action is all very smart and well thought-out.
With a star as cool as Liam Neeson, and human trafficking bad guys asking to get their butts kicked, it's no surprise that I enjoyed "Taken" so much. "Taken" is, by far, one of the best action films I've seen in a while, and one I'd be happy to watch again and again.
Liam Neeson plays a gripping role in Taken, which is action-packed and filled with thrills that will surely entertain fans of Neeson's work.
Remove Liam Neeson's mind-blowing performance, this film would have been just another generic action thriller. Neeson completely defines this film and is exceedingly likable as a loving father who becomes a merciless killing machine when his daughter is kidnapped by human- traffickers. This may be typical save the kidnapped girl story, but the way it gives edge-of-seat thrills combined with well-oiled action its becomes highly engaging. The sharp dialogues with Neeson's deep voice add to the package. Who wouldn't like Neeson's "I will find you and I will kill you" dialogue? And the action sequence when he finally finds the bad guys is simply mind blowing. Another of my favorite scenes is when he makes his old friend realize that he has been sitting on desk so long that he has forgotten the difference between a loaded and an empty gun. The plot remains intensely focused on the father's pursuit to find his daughter without floating into unnecessary sub-plots. The only relevant and important characters where the father and daughter, and their relation is well established in first 20 minutes giving room for the audience to invest their emotions. The film also portrays the horrors of human-trafficking giving enough reason for rooting Neeson's character to find and kill all those bad guys. With well choreographed action, engaging soundtrack and slick camera work with power-packed Neeson Taken is a ride not to be missed. I have watched it 5 times now and it was exciting each time. I still remember the first time I saw it about 4 years ago and how it totally blew my mind!
While sure, the film was exaggerated on its over the top action and story, it shows what a father will do to save her daughter and it;s beautiful. The only real problem I had was the silly ending but that could be easily forgiven.
* Taken 2 (2012)
* Taken 3 (2014)