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Movie Review: Taken

Thursday, February 12, 2009
I saw the movie Taken last night. In summary? The film was completely awesome and I plan on seeing it again. But let's not jump ahead of ourselves.

The basic plot is that Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) is an ex-CIA something who has retired to try to build a life getting to know his 17-year old daughter. She goes on a trip to Europe and gets kidnapped in Paris, to be sold into a slave trade. Our hero jumps to action and goes to find her, and in doing so does whatever he needs to do without hesitation.

Taken poster

If this sounds like the plot to a movie written by Luc Besson, you're right. It was written by him. Imagine if Kiss of the Dragon had been written without Bridget Fonda's annoying character or an actual, definable bad guy. That's what this is; it's not Liam Neeson fighting his way to one main bad guy, per se, he's just kicking the ass of everyone who's between him and his baby girl.

The movie, on first viewing, never seemed to drag or lack for either action or character development. Okay, there was a lot more action than character development, but the characters had an actual motivation for what they were doing, so that helped. Liam Neeson was, quite simply, amazingly badass in this role. The bad guys were suitably bad, the good guys were suitably good, and there wasn't any point in the movie where I wasn't happy I was seeing it.

Final word on Taken? See it, then see it again, then see it one more time. Then rent it on DVD.

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