Taken Reviews

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  • Jul 05, 2019

    Great action, especially with Liam Neeson as our main protagonist. Plot is simple but still doesn't take away from the fact that the tension is great, which is the main drive for my entertainment in this film. Worth a watch but defenitely not one of my favorite action films.

    Great action, especially with Liam Neeson as our main protagonist. Plot is simple but still doesn't take away from the fact that the tension is great, which is the main drive for my entertainment in this film. Worth a watch but defenitely not one of my favorite action films.

  • Jun 23, 2019

    It's Liam Nesson in a lead role. If you've never seen him in this kind of movie, know that this is the one that's worth watching.

    It's Liam Nesson in a lead role. If you've never seen him in this kind of movie, know that this is the one that's worth watching.

  • Jun 18, 2019

    Liam Neeson gives an outstanding performance but the disturbing plot drains most of the fun.

    Liam Neeson gives an outstanding performance but the disturbing plot drains most of the fun.

  • Jun 15, 2019

    A riveting action thriller. Pierre Morel's action, mystery movie Taken (2009) is a fantastic time! Taken takes killer choreography with brutal hand to hand combat and pits it against hard-nosed detective mystery noir. Morel's direction is solid with some dated editing choices, but Taken is fast paced and easy to follow. The action fights are as cool as Liam Neeson threatening people across Paris. It's a simple movie with a basic and cliche premise, but it works. Once Neeson's Bryan has a goal of finding his daughter Kim, we get to witness his specialized skills in action, tracking down girl traffickers and locating his missing daughter. The constant killing is always entertaining to watch Neeson execute with extreme prejudice. Neeson makes for a believable action star with his serious persona, deep gravelly voice, and notable presence. His massive stature brings an intensity to his close quarters combat sequences, while his charming personality make his dialogue endlessly quotable. Famke Janssen is great as the ignorant rich mother that is out of touch with reality. Though Besson cannot write women to save his life, Janssen keeps her character Lenore strictly in a mean ex-wife mode at all times digging insults into Neeson. Maggie Grace is good as Neeson's scared, kidnapped daughter Kim. A young Katie Cassidy makes an appearance as the dumb friend Amanda. Lastly, Leland Orser makes for a neat supporting actor as Bryan's friend and former coworker for the government named Sam. Taken is fascinating and dark, but with Luc Besson's script, all is well. Besson's jokes are hilarious one liners delivered with Neeson's suave nonchalance. Besson's story is straightforward and gritty with biting commentary on police corruption and the danger of travelling abroad. While, some of the music, editing, and cinematography feels dated. The overall experience of Taken is a thrilling one.

    A riveting action thriller. Pierre Morel's action, mystery movie Taken (2009) is a fantastic time! Taken takes killer choreography with brutal hand to hand combat and pits it against hard-nosed detective mystery noir. Morel's direction is solid with some dated editing choices, but Taken is fast paced and easy to follow. The action fights are as cool as Liam Neeson threatening people across Paris. It's a simple movie with a basic and cliche premise, but it works. Once Neeson's Bryan has a goal of finding his daughter Kim, we get to witness his specialized skills in action, tracking down girl traffickers and locating his missing daughter. The constant killing is always entertaining to watch Neeson execute with extreme prejudice. Neeson makes for a believable action star with his serious persona, deep gravelly voice, and notable presence. His massive stature brings an intensity to his close quarters combat sequences, while his charming personality make his dialogue endlessly quotable. Famke Janssen is great as the ignorant rich mother that is out of touch with reality. Though Besson cannot write women to save his life, Janssen keeps her character Lenore strictly in a mean ex-wife mode at all times digging insults into Neeson. Maggie Grace is good as Neeson's scared, kidnapped daughter Kim. A young Katie Cassidy makes an appearance as the dumb friend Amanda. Lastly, Leland Orser makes for a neat supporting actor as Bryan's friend and former coworker for the government named Sam. Taken is fascinating and dark, but with Luc Besson's script, all is well. Besson's jokes are hilarious one liners delivered with Neeson's suave nonchalance. Besson's story is straightforward and gritty with biting commentary on police corruption and the danger of travelling abroad. While, some of the music, editing, and cinematography feels dated. The overall experience of Taken is a thrilling one.

  • Jun 06, 2019

    It shines at times but is also very boring too. The action in the final act is worth the wait but is still a dull movie overall. Neeson is great by the way.

    It shines at times but is also very boring too. The action in the final act is worth the wait but is still a dull movie overall. Neeson is great by the way.

  • Apr 18, 2019

    I do not understand what's so good about Taken. Yes, some of the action scenes were fun and Liam Neeson is a badass, but it doesn't really have much of a plot, or even characters for that matter. The only characters in the movie are Bryan Mills, his daughter, and several characters to move the plot forward. Not even a villain, just a bunch of random Albanian expendables. His daughter is supposed to be 17, but the actress looks like she's in her early-mid twenties. Minor complaint! Major complaint, it's derivative and even a little bit silly. Bryan Mills has a CIA contact when it's convenient for the script, like a character to tell Bryan who kidnapped his daughter, and another character in France (Jean-Claude) to tell him about a local prostitution ring. He even gives him a card which he uses later on to impersonate as Jean-Claude and the movie even sets up Jean-Claude as an antagonist. He also has 96 hours to save his daughter, but that deadline becomes irrelevant after 56 hours. Why bother with a 96 hour deadline in the first place? And why 96 hours? I don't expect every action movie to have a plot, but if it's not going to have a plot, it has to at least have kickass action scenes with impressive stunts and choreography, the kind that you see in many martial art films. Taken doesn't really have that. The editing clearly tried to work around Neeson's limitations as an action star. The only action scene I really enjoyed was the very last fight scene. Taken achieves what it sets out to do for sure. It's a straightforward, undemanding action movie and it doesn't try to be anything more. But even as a straightforward action movie, it's still pretty unremarkable. Is there a reason to watch Taken again over many better action movies? Because I can't really find that many.

    I do not understand what's so good about Taken. Yes, some of the action scenes were fun and Liam Neeson is a badass, but it doesn't really have much of a plot, or even characters for that matter. The only characters in the movie are Bryan Mills, his daughter, and several characters to move the plot forward. Not even a villain, just a bunch of random Albanian expendables. His daughter is supposed to be 17, but the actress looks like she's in her early-mid twenties. Minor complaint! Major complaint, it's derivative and even a little bit silly. Bryan Mills has a CIA contact when it's convenient for the script, like a character to tell Bryan who kidnapped his daughter, and another character in France (Jean-Claude) to tell him about a local prostitution ring. He even gives him a card which he uses later on to impersonate as Jean-Claude and the movie even sets up Jean-Claude as an antagonist. He also has 96 hours to save his daughter, but that deadline becomes irrelevant after 56 hours. Why bother with a 96 hour deadline in the first place? And why 96 hours? I don't expect every action movie to have a plot, but if it's not going to have a plot, it has to at least have kickass action scenes with impressive stunts and choreography, the kind that you see in many martial art films. Taken doesn't really have that. The editing clearly tried to work around Neeson's limitations as an action star. The only action scene I really enjoyed was the very last fight scene. Taken achieves what it sets out to do for sure. It's a straightforward, undemanding action movie and it doesn't try to be anything more. But even as a straightforward action movie, it's still pretty unremarkable. Is there a reason to watch Taken again over many better action movies? Because I can't really find that many.

  • Apr 15, 2019

    Plot was simple, but at least it was unique, fun, thrilling. Every scenes of riam were just awesome and memorable.

    Plot was simple, but at least it was unique, fun, thrilling. Every scenes of riam were just awesome and memorable.

  • Mar 21, 2019

    A little violent, but one of the best action films I've ever seen. Great story.

    A little violent, but one of the best action films I've ever seen. Great story.

  • Mar 20, 2019

    A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (Liam Neeson) fighting choreography sequence's were fast paced an really made this film excited. Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen is a winning combo. (Maggie Grace) did a fine job as well .The critics really misted the point of this Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense film . Entertain me and that is exactly what "Taken" does . The movie was awesome and definitely a must see.

    A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris. (Liam Neeson) fighting choreography sequence's were fast paced an really made this film excited. Written By: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen is a winning combo. (Maggie Grace) did a fine job as well .The critics really misted the point of this Action & Adventure, Mystery & Suspense film . Entertain me and that is exactly what "Taken" does . The movie was awesome and definitely a must see.