Taken

Critic Score

58%

User Score

85%
In theaters Jan 30, 2009
PG-13, 1 hr. 31 min.

Trailer

Movie Info

Synopsis: 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
Director: Pierre Morel
Rated: PG-13
Running Time: 1 hr. 31 min.
Genre: Mystery & Suspense, Action & Adventure
Theater Release: Jan 30, 2009
DVD Release: May 12, 2009

Critic Reviews

Consensus: Taken is undeniably fun with slick action, but is largely a brainless exercise.
  • It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly. More...
  • You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man. More...
  • Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson. More...
  • [Neeson's] performance is the most perturbing thing in the film, even more so than its electrical-torture sequence or its revelations about sex-trafficking. More...
  • It's the big, dolorous Neeson who makes the movie a keeper. More...
  • Don't be taken in by Taken. More...
  • The movie proves two things. (1) Liam Neeson can bring undeserved credibility to most roles just by playing them, and (2) Luc Besson, the co-writer, whose actioner-assembly line produced this film, turns out high-quality trash, and sometimes much better. More...
  • With some suspension of disbelief and a strong stomach, it's possible to get taken in, or at least absorbed, by this adrenaline-pumping action thriller. More...
  • You'll miss out on a good movie if you consider Taken just another January dumping. More...
  • If a movie's high points are a quick smack of carnage and a steely speech that everyone's already seen in the trailer, you know it must be January. More...

User Reviews

  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • A retired ex-secret serviceman is trying to make amends with his estranged daughter when she is kidnapped in Paris by white slave traders. Taken is on...
  • I dislike traditional action flicks, and this is a pretty traditional one. Not much to like here, the story isn't especially gripping and it even gets...
  • In my review of Unknown 18 months ago, I spoke about how actors can often have a second, very different career after their initial fame or recognition...
  • A riveting, powerful, adrenaline-pumping, heart-pounding and exhilarating action-packed edge of your seat thriller. It's stylish, hard-edged,...
  • Plenty of action and suspense. Packed with a superb performance from Liam Neeson. His character shares some similar emotions that father's with...
  • In the last 5 years, there are probably less than 10 movies that I would consider true classics. "Taken" is definitely on that list. This is one of...
  • A typical thriller with the simplified plot is well visioned, but the excellence of Liam Neeson hides those flaws and makes the film much more...