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Taken March 20, 2009

Posted by Sai in English, Movies, Reviews.
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An ex-spy is trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter, who now lives with her mom and wealthy stepdad. The daughter goes off to France with a friend despite his reluctance to send her alone. Both girls are taken away in a bid to push them into prostitution. Now, it is upto to the father to use his skills and connections to get his daughter back.

Taken has a simple plot, a focused screenplay and a lot of action that does not fall under the stylish but unbelievable category. Bryan Mills is a more believable spy than Jason Bourne or James Bond and in a way, less exciting too. Unlike the Transporter action franchise, also commissioned by producer and co-writer Luc Besson, this film lacks humor but its pace and 91 minute length keeps you from noticing.

In contrast to my expectations, Liam Neeson (Schindler’s List, Love Actually) actually looks quite good with a gun. The entire film depends on his portrayal of the spy and his success at the task lends credence to the film.

Taken is an unexpected success at the box office and isn’t a bad watch if you are looking for a simple, well-paced action film.