They took his daughter. He'll take their lives.
While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.
Featuring the best voicemail message known to mankind.
"I don't know you. I don't know what you want. If you are 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. Skills I've acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll 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."
You'll be lying if you tell me that did'nt send a chill down your spine. Gotta be one of the most badass quotes in film history.
This is a fun, intelligent, and entertaining action-thriller that firmly establishes Liam Neeson as one bad motherfucker. In fact, he is THE bad motherfucker for this generation.
Liam Neeson is one of the baddest motherfuckers on the planet. I'm sure he has the wallet to prove it.
Yes, you read correctly.. Miss T. watched this today for the first time............
AND SHE REALLY LIKED IT !
This film would have been perfect IF the final shot had been Liam Neeson smugly drinking out of a 'Dad Of The Year' mug.
I believe I was expecting Taken to be a bit better than it actually was. The film starts out with the most used action film father/daughter cliche, the new dad is rich, wealthy and able to provide financially for the daughter and ex-wife but he is not able to morally support and save the daughter like her biological father can! Who comes up with this shit?
Once the movie gets going there is action moving so fast I can't even tell what is going on because my brain does not have time to process and focus. Thankfully there is enough action to keep you at least slightly interested, even if it is predictable and eye-roll worthy in it's cliches.
Film 80 of The 2013 Project.
Running time: 93 minutes.
Liam Neeson is a bad-ass. He does one of the most threatening and best phone call scenes ever, you fear him and you would never want to get on the wrong side of him. He breaks a guys arm, then rips a Uzi out his hand and then shoots about ten other guys and doesn't get hit once, that's one of the many things he does! Yes this film is silly and has been called racist. Yeah I can see that, as there is one incredibly racist scene. But don't say that this film isn't fun. It's fun, it's silly and completely action packed.
I don't really need to do an in-depth review for this, all I can say is that I've seen this film four times now and still find it really fun every time!
This used to be cool.
But then I got older?
Imagine being Liam Neeson and just sounding that badass all the time.
First time around I was completely unprepared for how good this little mainstream actioner was going to be. 2nd time in I was well ready and Taken holds up well. Bryan Mills is a decent, if mostly generic role for this kind of film but Neeson is the man for the job as overly concerned badass father with a "very particular set of skills". Seasoned genre writers Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen keep this feature ticking along at a viscerally low-tech pace and damn does it work. Sure it has its weak points like Maggie Grace - well, the character of Kim more like - plus the post climax wrap scenes are pretty awful and emotionally inconsistent but otherwise this is at the better end of mainstream action genre films. Pity they couldn't leave it as a one-off.
A testosterone-fuelled damsel in distress tale with abhorrent stereotypes for extra flavour.
Need to let a lot slide but enjoyed it for what it was. m&d.
Every once in a while it's nice to see bad guys get pummeled for a couple of hours. If Liam Neeson is doing the pummeling, all the better.
Edit: Ο Γαμιάς της Γειτονιάς.