Taken Reviews

  • Jun 21, 2020

    Great action film. You have seen a lot of movies like it but rarely done better.

    Great action film. You have seen a lot of movies like it but rarely done better.

  • Jun 20, 2020

    One of the greatest pg-13 action movies

    One of the greatest pg-13 action movies

  • Jun 19, 2020

    It is weird that despite Liam Neeson having a career going back to the 80s, in my mind, his career, specifically as an action star, started with 'Taken'. Sure there were LOTS of other films, even action films, but he generally had a supporting role and was never really front and center, maybe excepting 'Rob Roy'. Is 'Taken' a great film? Eh, maybe not Indiana Jones or anything, but certainly better than Crystal Skull. Taken is almost a cliche now for a frenetic 'save the girl at all costs' action flick, and there are probably dozens of copycat films based on this, including 2 sequels. Basically, Liam's daughter is captured by human traffickers, and Liam used to kill people for some shady organization, so he is gonna slit some throats! The action is fast, grim and tightly woven in to the storyline - I never felt there was a wasted car chase or anything. Despite guns being literally lying around in this film, Liam prefers to kill people with his hands mostly. A bit morally ambiguous sometimes, the main character keeps you rooting for him with his relentless pursuit of his daughter. The only downside I can think of is Neeson is literally SO badass, you know he can't fail.

    It is weird that despite Liam Neeson having a career going back to the 80s, in my mind, his career, specifically as an action star, started with 'Taken'. Sure there were LOTS of other films, even action films, but he generally had a supporting role and was never really front and center, maybe excepting 'Rob Roy'. Is 'Taken' a great film? Eh, maybe not Indiana Jones or anything, but certainly better than Crystal Skull. Taken is almost a cliche now for a frenetic 'save the girl at all costs' action flick, and there are probably dozens of copycat films based on this, including 2 sequels. Basically, Liam's daughter is captured by human traffickers, and Liam used to kill people for some shady organization, so he is gonna slit some throats! The action is fast, grim and tightly woven in to the storyline - I never felt there was a wasted car chase or anything. Despite guns being literally lying around in this film, Liam prefers to kill people with his hands mostly. A bit morally ambiguous sometimes, the main character keeps you rooting for him with his relentless pursuit of his daughter. The only downside I can think of is Neeson is literally SO badass, you know he can't fail.

  • May 27, 2020

    I'm no fan of Liam but this is a really great film. The relentless action is spot on, and the urgency to find his daughter in time really brings a lot of tension. Loved it.

    I'm no fan of Liam but this is a really great film. The relentless action is spot on, and the urgency to find his daughter in time really brings a lot of tension. Loved it.

  • May 19, 2020

    Plenty if action. The daughter if a man skilled at killing is taken by a woman trafficking ring.

    Plenty if action. The daughter if a man skilled at killing is taken by a woman trafficking ring.

  • May 17, 2020

    thin plot and good action. very watchable movie

    thin plot and good action. very watchable movie

  • Apr 26, 2020

    Hasn't aged well pretty cringey.

    Hasn't aged well pretty cringey.

  • Apr 22, 2020

    Decent story amazing movie!great acting and music amazing action with nice execution even if its predictable!entertaining movie!

    Decent story amazing movie!great acting and music amazing action with nice execution even if its predictable!entertaining movie!

  • Apr 15, 2020

    The setup is incredibly corny (and lengthy), but at least there are some satisfying action moments in the second half. With more complex characters and a more original (or simply subdued) backstory, "Taken" could have been epic. The way it is, it's half cringey, half good, which somehow leads to an average of "barely okay".

    The setup is incredibly corny (and lengthy), but at least there are some satisfying action moments in the second half. With more complex characters and a more original (or simply subdued) backstory, "Taken" could have been epic. The way it is, it's half cringey, half good, which somehow leads to an average of "barely okay".

  • Apr 06, 2020

    Taken 1 is action packed & very suspenseful which makes this film best in the entire franchise. It also provides the best action as well, something that the sequels clearly really lacked since they used to many cuts & shaky cam which ruined the action further more.

    Taken 1 is action packed & very suspenseful which makes this film best in the entire franchise. It also provides the best action as well, something that the sequels clearly really lacked since they used to many cuts & shaky cam which ruined the action further more.