Taken

Taken

Taken

Liam Neeson is a hard-assed ex-spy in this French-produced thriller, written by Luc Besson (The Professional). Neeson goes man-alone against the underworld gang who've kidnapped his estranged daughter in Paris. Says he to the perpetrators: "I don't know you who you are. I don't know what you want. If you're looking for a ransom, I can tell you, I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills acquired over a very long career in the shadows, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that will be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you. And I will kill you."

200894 minsFranceEnglish and French, with English subtitles
ActionThriller

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Taken / Reviews

Flicks, Team

Flicks, Team

Don't be fooled by the Bourne comparisons, the semi-highbrow cast, the Parisian setting, or the fact that Luc Besson had a hand in this - Taken is as dumb as action films get. A tedious, ill-conceived parade of gaping plot holes and bone-cracking fistfights, you can only imagine Liam Neeson signed up just for the exercise.

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Urban Cinefile

Urban Cinefile

Pierre Morel's direction lives up to the script's demands as a high octane action thriller with some of the most effective fight sequences of recent times, and some stunning stunts. He also makes Bryan's bruising encounters with the bad guys exciting for their choreography and camera coverage. There is also a touch of realism in Bryan getting injured, which helps maintain authenticity. But the film's big strength remains its solid story - and its well chosen cast.

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New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

A bone-crunching and sometimes sadistic action thriller - there is quite a lot of cold-blooded execution. Not to mention car chases, shoot-outs and an almost automaton performance by the merciless Bryan (Neeson).

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