July 3, 2014
"Taken" provides enough ebullient action to distract the viewers from its absurd plot.
November 13, 2014
If Taken didn't have Liam Neeson, the adjective describing it best would probably be "offensive".
November 11, 2014
It's all about the phone call.
November 6, 2014
Being a die hard Luc Besson fan and watching anything he is involved in, I was pumped for this and worked in a cinema at the time and managed to see it quite a few times on the big screen. Love the slow build to the shitstorm Neeson leaves in his wake to save his daughter. The Best film Besson was part of that he did NOT direct imo
October 30, 2014
Taken is clearly one of the best thrillers to date, with Liam Neeson being a superb choice to be the bad ass lead for this movie. This film will blow you away with it's thrills and fight scenes.
October 30, 2014
good movie this one and # 2 wanna watch 3
April 3, 2009
Well, that was good. Better than I expected :)
October 25, 2014
A first rate thriller with a superb performance by Liam Neeson.
March 26, 2013
TAKEN is a simple action movie about a family man with "a particular set of skills" that takes down a sex trafficking ring in order to rescue his daughter after she is kidnapped while on holiday in Paris. While this could have gone straight to the bargain bin, what really sells this movie is Liam Neeson, who brings a everyman quality to his role as Bryan Mills. The production values by Luc Besson and director Pierre Morel are also worth noting, with just enough emotional content to make the story relatable and a kinetic style that keeps things moving along at a good pace. Generally speaking everyone gives a decent performance, but I thought that Maggie Grace was miscast as she doesn't look the part of a 17-year-old girl, and her acting is questionable at best. Story-wise, I did appreciate that the movie took time to establish characters and relationships before heading off into more standard action thriller territory but, that being said, it only taps into the basest of human emotions and tendencies. Only someone devoid of empathy wouldn't understand the sticky situation that the characters are put into. Still, despite the rote nature of the setup it works, and the latter two-thirds of the movie rarely let up. As far as the action is concerned, it is well-shot for the most part. Pierre Morel shoots the close quarters combat up close, but the editing isn't so bad that you can't tell who's fighting who, and the geography and shot compositions are decent. If there's one complaint I have in this area is a nighttime car chase which was perhaps a bit too chaotically shot/edited. Overall, this is a decent time-passer that has enough story and thrills to keep you interested, and the running time is only about 90 minutes so it never overstays it's welcome.
October 9, 2014
dumbest movie I've seen in years.
October 7, 2014
Un ex agente de fuerza especial tendrá que usar todas sus habilidades cuando su hija sea secuestrada por la mafia dentro del negocio de trata de blancas. La vida de su hija depende de ello y solo tendrá 96 horas para rescartarla al otro lado del mundo. Con Liam Neeson, Maggie Gracia y Famke Janssen
October 5, 2014
This movie barely delivers an ok action movie experience. Barely...
June 27, 2012
Essentially the same kind of brainless action fare you can get straight to dvd usually starring Steven Seagal, but dressed up with a bigger budget and Liam Neeson.
October 4, 2014
I really liked this movie but don't let your parents watch it because they will restrict you from traveling..
September 7, 2014
What Taken lacks in subtlety it makes up for in fun action and a gleefully quotable script.
|John Eric D.||
September 29, 2014
I didn't see it coming, this is maybe one of the best B Grade action flick that come out in some time. We know that Liam Neeson is in it doing a generic movie but it turns out to be pretty bad ass. So bad ass that Mr. Neeson kicks all the assess of these terrorist that took his daughter. More kinda like Bourne in a different perception. It made action revenge films way cooler than before. Neeson is amazing in it, it is fun, I was having fun. No wonder this is might be the most overrated action flick that needs a sequel.
April 27, 2013
Taken is an enjoyable film for what it is. The plot is nothing new. Many other action films have similar plots like Commando. So, it all comes down to how well and different it is executed. I think Taken is executed fairly decently. Though, this is mainly due to Liam Neeson and his performance, like in the famous telephone scene. Without Neeson, this movie would not be nearly as enjoyable.
The acting is alright. No one did a bad job performance wise. The only character worth talking about is Bryan Mills, played by Liam Neeson. He is very likable, very driven, and kicks ass. There are times were he comes off very mean and extreme. However, I still liked him as a character, because of his situation. I'm glad he came out on top in the end. The rest of the characters are bland. Maggie Grace's character is the typical teenage girl that gets kidnapped. I did kind of feel for her, but not much, because I barely got to know her. Famke Janssen, I did not care for at all. She did nothing, and was very mean throughout most of the film. The villains, I thought, were kind of nothing villains. I did not find them intimidating.
The film does move at a good pace. The action scenes are fun and well-choreographed. The final fight I really enjoyed.
Overall this is a generic, but fun action movie. Its saving grace is definitely Liam Neeson and his character. I recommend this to people who are fans of action movies. Those who are not fans of action films, I would skip this.
May 4, 2010
Former U.S. Central Intelligence Agency operative Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) tries to have a closer relationship with his 17-year-old daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). She lives with her mother, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and her wealthy stepfather, Stuart (Xander Berkeley), in California; he feels embarrassed about her stepfather spoiling her, and wishes to spend time with her. While working as security at a concert with former colleagues, Bryan saves a pop star Sheerah (Holly Valance) from an assailant as she exits the stage and begins for her limo outside of the stadium. Sheerah, grateful about being saved, agrees to tutor Kim after Bryan says she aspires to be a singer. Kim asks Bryan for permission to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy). Bryan balks at the two girls travelling alone, but relents when Lenore -his ex-wife- complains that he is overprotective. He gives Kim an international cellphone, and makes her promise to call every day. At Los Angeles International Airport, he learns that the girls are not staying in Paris, but are following U2 during their European tour.Arriving in Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport, Kim and Amanda meet Peter (Nicolas Giraud), a scout for a kidnapping gang, who offers to share a cab with them and so learns where they are staying. Kim believes they are staying with Amanda's cousins but, upon arriving at the apartment, learns that the cousins are actually in Spain, and becomes slightly nervous. She retains herself in a quiet room while her friend presents loud music on her stereo not too far away. While talking to Bryan on the phone in the bathroom, Kim sees Amanda being kidnapped by intruders. Bryan instructs her to go to the nearest room and hide under a bed. He explains that when the men find her, she has to shout out their physical descriptions. Kim is pulled out violently from under the bed, and she complies with her father's instructions before the phone is found. Bryan warns the person over the phone that they have this one chance to release his daughter, or else he will begin hunting them down and killing them. He's told "good luck" and the connection is terminated.
September 17, 2014
In spite of all the predictable story line and ending, it was still unexpectedly thrilling and kept me at the edge of my seat.
February 19, 2009
Does Liam's ass-kickery know no bounds?