May 20

Film review – Taken (2008)

Film review – Taken (2008)


Rating: 7/10

Starring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen, Xander Berkeley, Katie Cassidy, Leland Orser, Olivier Rabourdin, Holly Valance, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Nathan Rippy, Camille Japy, Nicolas Giraud, Arben Bajraktaraj, Gérard Watkins, Nabil Massad, Radivoje Bukvic

Directed by: Pierre Morel

Review: Film review – Taken (2008) – Liam Neeson is the star of this action thriller. He plays the father of a seventeen year old daughter who wants to go to Paris with her nineteen year old girl friend. After much persuasion from his daughter and her mother he gives permission even though he has his reservations. He has seen the world and knows the dangers.

The girls go to Paris and the worst happens, they are kidnapped by traffickers who intend to use them for prostitution. During the kidnap Neeson is speaking to his daughter on her mobile and tells her he will come for her. He then speaks to the kidnapper and tells him he has a very specific set of skills and that if he lets her go he will not pursue them, but if they do not, “I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you” (the line the film is famous for). The kidnapper replies “Good Luck”.

What the kidnappers don’t know is that Neeson is an ex CIA agent. He immediately flies to Paris and the chase is on. Can he find her before she disappears for ever.

There’s some fairly brutal violence throughout so be warned. The films strength is its relentless pace. There is rarely a moment of pause as Neeson carves a path through the Paris underworld, killing anyone who gets in his way, trying to find his daughter. It reminds me of Get Carter (the sixties version).

Good film, if a little formulaic, particularly at the beginning.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Taken_%28film%29

IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0936501/

Amazon: Buy it