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Taken

  • Thriller
  • Drama
  • 2007
  • Pierre Morel
  • 93 mins
  • 18

Summary

Action drama starring Liam Neeson as former CIA operative Bryan Mills, who calls upon his tried-and-tested skills in a race-against-time bid to rescue his daughter from the sex traffickers who have kidnapped her during a holiday in France.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

Liam Neeson became a middle-aged action hero off the back of this gritty thriller, which is directed with bristling energy by Pierre Morel. Neeson's brow is creased with furious intent as he plays an ex-covert operative who runs, kicks, shoots and punches a bloody swathe through Paris in a race against time to find the men who've kidnapped his daughter (Maggie Grace). It soon becomes apparent that she's the victim of a major sex-trafficking operation, but any attempt to engage with this serious issue is drowned out by the crash, bang, wallop of bad guys (invariably swarthy immigrants) being dispatched. The physical punishment Neeson inflicts is almost palpable, but to his credit it's never at the expense of conveying his own sense of pain.

Credits

Cast

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Bryan MillsLiam Neeson
KimMaggie Grace
LenoreFamke Janssen
SamLeland Orser
CaseyJonathan Gries
BernieDavid Warshofsky
DivaHolly Valance
AmandaKatie Cassidy
StuartXander Berkeley
Jean-ClaudeOlivier Rabourdin
Patrice St ClairGérard Watkins
MarkoArben Bajraktaraj

Crew

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DirectorPierre Morel

Details

Theatrical distributor
20th Century Fox
Released on
2008-09-26
Languages
English | Arabic | French | Albanian
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour

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