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Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Katie Cassidy View All


Pierre Morel (Director), Luc Besson (Screenplay), Robert Mark Kamen (Screenplay) View All

Release: Feb. 18th, 2008
Runtime: 1 hour, 33 minutes
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.
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This is just one of those movies that really have you cheering throughout the movie, at least I know I was, and I havent actually cheered in a movie in a long time.
No, it's renaissance) as an action star, but it's a shame that the film that started the whole thing off, 2008's Taken, is actually the kind of action thriller that I generally don't have much patience for, and not even Neeson's gravelly Irish brogue (which still seeps through into what is presumably an American accent - hey, if Connery and Schwarzenegger don't bother to hide their accents, why should he?) and handsome mug are quite enough to sell what more or less amounts to Death Wish for a new generation.
Solid action scenes and an unlikely hero combine to make Taken, a riveting nail-biter from 2008 worth watching because of its seamless marriage of action movie with a central character who is not a superhero, but an ordinary guy with a skillset that comes in handy when it has to.


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