Taken (2009)

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Critic Consensus: Taken is undeniably fun with slick action, but is largely a brainless exercise.

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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 Morel's contemporary thriller Taken. Robert Mark Kamen joins the screenwriting team, which also includes Morel and longtime collaborator Luc Besson, who also produces. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Rating:
PG-13 (for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language)
Genre:
Action & Adventure , Mystery & Suspense
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Cast

Liam Neeson
as Bryan
Famke Janssen
as Lenore
Katie Cassidy
as Amanda
Olivier Rabourdin
as Jean Claude
Jon Gries
as Casey
Mathieu Busson
as Undercover Agent
Gerard Watkins
as Patrice St. Clair
Holly Valance
as Sheerah
Camille Japy
as Isabelle
Marc Amyot
as Pharmacist
Goran Kostic
as Gregor
Rubens Hyka
as Leika
Nathan Rippy
as Victor
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Critic Reviews for Taken

All Critics (166) | Top Critics (41)

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Full Review… | November 16, 2011
Time Out
Top Critic

It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.

Full Review… | February 3, 2011
Rolling Stone
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Full Review… | October 13, 2010
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.

Full Review… | February 7, 2009
Richard Roeper.com
Top Critic

Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson.

Full Review… | February 4, 2009
New York Observer
Top Critic

[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.

Full Review… | February 2, 2009
New Yorker
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Audience Reviews for Taken

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.

Dan Schultz
Dan Schultz

Super Reviewer

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.

KJ Proulx
KJ Proulx

Super Reviewer

½

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 paper a very straightforward, almost tired sounding idea that you've heard a thousand times before. It's an unpretentious action thriller that plays out like a revenge story, except there is a goal outside of vengeance; a father's unstoppable wish to protect his daughter from harm. The first 30 minutes is the usual predictable and slightly clumsy exposition, but once Neeson springs into action it becomes an altogether different beast. Neeson is not the kind of action hero who looks like he'd shy from a fight for the fear of mussing his hair. Instead we get an ageing Irish terminator cutting a swathe through the kind of evil bastards even a guilt-ridden white liberal such as myself feels a tingle of pleasure to see brutally disposed of. The appearance of Holly Valance is a little embarrassing and sits about as comfortably as pink frosting atop a T-bone steak and made me suspect that her agent beat the producer at cards the night before shooting but otherwise it does exactly what is says on the tin. Plotless in almost a pleasing way, this is kind of like James Bond going rogue except "this time it's personal"; there are no stereotypical terrorists threatening our fat cat white Christian way of life, no shadowy conspiracies or megalomaniacs, just a single-minded feast of adrenaline fuelled action that I really enjoyed. One of my future guilty pleasures and no mistake...

xGary Xx
xGary Xx

Super Reviewer

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