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Taken is undeniably fun with slick action, but is largely a brainless exercise.
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It's fun for about 15 minutes seeing Neeson do James Bond as Daddy Dangerous. But the surprise wears off quickly.
You've just kidnapped the wrong teenager, Mister Foreign Slave Trader Man.
Taken is the kind of exploitative junk everyone expects from no-talent French hack Luc Besson.
[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.
It's the big, dolorous Neeson who makes the movie a keeper.
Don't be taken in by Taken.
It was great to be back in the atmosphere of intense audience involvement after seeing so many films viewed in the dutiful stupor produced by "quality" cinema.
Doting dads are doting dads, I guess, and there is just no stopping him, which is a shame, as what follows is a big sorry mess of the most clichéed, improbable and xenophobic kind.
The movie was awesome and definitely a must see.
As Kim, Maggie Grace is a bit old to convincingly portray a boppy underage teenager, although she appears to be giving her best to a one-dimensional role that essentially disappears during the movie's slam-bang midsection.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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 daylights out of me. This and the movie Trade with Kevin Kline .. i need nothing else to scare the shit out of me.
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