Taken
Title: Taken
Release year: 2008
Director: Pierre Morel
Stars: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
Rating: 4/5

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.

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Taken: A Relentless Ride with a Gruff Hero

2024-04-20

Liam Neeson delivers a powerful performance in “Taken,” a 2008 action thriller that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Neeson portrays Bryan Mills, a retired CIA operative whose estranged teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace), is abducted while vacationing in Paris. Driven by a father’s fierce love and his honed set of skills, Bryan embarks on a relentless mission across Europe to track down the kidnappers and save his daughter.

The film excels in its fast-paced action sequences. Director Pierre Morel utilizes shaky cam techniques, creating a sense of urgency and realism in the fight scenes. Neeson, with his imposing stature and gravelly voice, perfectly embodies the determined ex-agent. The choreography is brutal and efficient, showcasing Bryan’s deadliness without excessive Hollywood flair.

While the plot is fairly straightforward, it’s the emotional core of the film that resonates. The desperation and helplessness in Bryan’s voice as he searches for Kim is palpable. It’s a father’s nightmare brought to life, making his ruthless pursuit of the kidnappers all the more satisfying.

“Taken” isn’t without its flaws. The portrayal of human trafficking can be a bit one-dimensional, and the film’s gritty realism is balanced with some questionable moral lines Bryan crosses. However, these elements don’t detract from the overall experience.

If you’re looking for a thrilling action film with a strong emotional core, “Taken” delivers. Just be prepared for a wild ride fueled by a father’s unwavering determination.

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