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Minimal plot, zero character depth, racial stereotypes and excessive body count made this movie a real dud for me.
I love this movie, his action was so good and know how to find a way to get his daughter back.
Superhuman Liam Neeson destroys Paris and other parts of the world killing everyone with no consequences whatsoever...some fine art here ladies and gents!
Solid action suspense movie.the writing is good. Liam Neeson gives a very good performance.
Liam Nesson makes this movie great. In many ways its an action thriller with a number of plot holes but it all comes together to forge a must see movie IMO.
steven seagal resurrected
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.
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.
Liam Neeson gives an outstanding performance but the disturbing plot drains most of the fun.
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.