Taken (15)

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Time Out says

Fri Sep 5 2008

From Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen, the producer and writer of ‘The Transporter’, comes another lean, mean action movie. An anxious American father is on the phone to his daughter when she and her friend are abducted from their Paris hotel. Her dream holiday was always his worst nightmare. Now that nightmare is real. He has 96 hours to save his daughter from being sold into prostitution. Pretty much what you’d expect, then, except for one surprise: the father, an ex-government agent with ‘a particular set of skills’, is played by heavyweight Liam Neeson.

Neeson’s presence lends dramatic heft to a formulaic action movie that otherwise majors in chase scenes and the brutally efficient use of firepower, martial arts, fire extinguishers and broken bottles. The quest is simple, as are the undeniable pleasures. Director Pierre Morel’s directing style is ruthlessly efficient, but leaves no time to ponder the plot holes or the borderline racist portrayal of vicious Albanian gangsters and sleazy Arab businessmen.
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Fri Sep 26, 2008

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94 mins

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vanessa smiley

personally i think it was one of the best films ive ever watched. due to the fact that i am a teenage girl of the age of thirteen i enjoyed the action and tention of this film. additionally i liked the way the camera was faced in a variety of angles and differnet light of shades. thankyou for making this film.

vanessa smiley

personally i think it was one of the best films ive ever watched. due to the fact that i am a teenage girl of the age of thirteen i enjoyed the action and tention of this film. additionally i liked the way the camera was faced in a variety of angles and differnet light of shades. thankyou for making this film.

Thomas Noctor

Amazing story, amazing action, great character and great performances. Mind blowing movie, excellent from start to finish. I wonder what the sequel will offer!!

Thomas Noctor

Amazing story, amazing action, great character and great performances. Mind blowing movie, excellent from start to finish. I wonder what the sequel will offer!!

John P

This is a mindless but entertaining movie and of course it is racist. Corrupt French Officers and evil Arabs involved in human trafficking. The film is actually quite bad. Liam Neeson's character beats so many people up, calling this film campy is actually a compliment. There isn't a stereotype this film doesn't employ. Poor but masculine father wife leaves him for a rich man. The daughter prefers her life with the rich step father but still loves her Daddy. The rich step father is impotent when the girl is taken and the real father, a black ops specialist (played by Neeson), rescues his daughter despite a corrupt French Police force and an international ring of Arab terrorists involved in human trafficking. By the end of the film I couldn't stop laughing. Neeson's character and his ability to beat everyone up is so unrealistic it makes old Van Damme movies seem plausible.

David

The idea that this film is racist is ridiculous. Racism won't go away if people keep bringing it up at a whim. I'm sure if ALL the people in the film who were engaged in the sex trade were Americans there wouldn't have been a mention of racism. Emphasis on the word ALL, as a fair few of them were of European extraction.

Andy Bullemor

This is jolly good fun! Not to be taken seriously!! And why can't Albanians be sleazy?? Anyone can be sleazy!! It's not racism it's just a story!! Anyhow Neeson seems to have discovered a new side to himself as action star and he wears it well!

Sarah

Okay, this movie was well made and exciting but you have to question the racist story line ....it plays like a wet dream for right wing Americans who want to kill all the un-American scum on earth ....you can be sure that the immense hostility behind this vigilante film is a message against more than sex traffickers ...also if you agree with this vigilante justice why not just invade another country whose morals are suspect...I'm just saying...

TRUTHTELLER

I only just saw this film having missed in when it was at the movies. This is an outstanding movie! Brilliant direction and editing. Brilliant acting and writing! THIS is how you make a film! Together with Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, this is one of the best films in th last two years.

TRUTHTELLER

I only just saw this film having missed in when it was at the movies. This is an outstanding movie! Brilliant direction and editing. Brilliant acting and writing! THIS is how you make a film! Together with Clint Eastwood's Gran Torino, this is one of the best films in th last two years.

Adam

this is the bst film i have seen my freind Batt Backstunt, watched it so many times, getting deeper and deeper into the heart of the film!

Adam

this is the bst film i have seen my freind Batt Backstunt, watched it so many times, getting deeper and deeper into the heart of the film!

Rory

This Film Is Fantastic 5 times watchin it And Still Its Just Amazin Must See I Cant find A Better Film Liam Was Well Good In The Movie! Thanks Timeout x

Rory

This Film Is Fantastic 5 times watchin it And Still Its Just Amazin Must See I Cant find A Better Film Liam Was Well Good In The Movie! Thanks Timeout x

phil

AWSOME FILM. after beong told by a freind we rented it, although it wouldnt have been my first choice im really pleased that we rented it. I like it so much i would actually buy it. The action is beleiveable and impressive and the story is realistic also. Good acting and a great story make this a top film, watch it NOW!

phil

AWSOME FILM. after beong told by a freind we rented it, although it wouldnt have been my first choice im really pleased that we rented it. I like it so much i would actually buy it. The action is beleiveable and impressive and the story is realistic also. Good acting and a great story make this a top film, watch it NOW!

Jamie Smith

Racist? No, no it isn't. The cut and thrust of American espionage is portrayed in it's darkest (yet slightly over zelous in parts) and goriest fashion. A edge of your seat film guarunteed to thrust you back and forth throughout the duration. Brilliant film. Another predictably poor review from Timeout.

Jamie Smith

Racist? No, no it isn't. The cut and thrust of American espionage is portrayed in it's darkest (yet slightly over zelous in parts) and goriest fashion. A edge of your seat film guarunteed to thrust you back and forth throughout the duration. Brilliant film. Another predictably poor review from Timeout.

Kevin

Well the wife suggested we get this film. Good choice! thought it was the best action movie I've seen in a while. After watching we had to watch a normal bit of TV, Grey's anatomy Just so we could relax. Definately a must see film.

Kevin

Well the wife suggested we get this film. Good choice! thought it was the best action movie I've seen in a while. After watching we had to watch a normal bit of TV, Grey's anatomy Just so we could relax. Definately a must see film.

jonathan

ha how predictable. as the hero in this film is not morgan freemon and is in fact white then naturally its a racist film. grow up you politically correct morons and get a life, the film was about an arab flesh trafficing ring who steals a mans daughter and pays for it. did anyone cry racism when arnold beat a black man to death in his room because he knew there wherabouts ok his sprog... no... suppose it shows how much times have changed. the film is fab, the action is good, and the acting is good very edge of your seat and ou really feel a fathers rage. after all who wouldnt be that brutal for the safety of there own flesh and blood. its a classic comando, kiss of the dragon which again are two ace films. i suppose me liking jet li (who is chinese) gets me off the racist hook does it???

jonathan

ha how predictable. as the hero in this film is not morgan freemon and is in fact white then naturally its a racist film. grow up you politically correct morons and get a life, the film was about an arab flesh trafficing ring who steals a mans daughter and pays for it. did anyone cry racism when arnold beat a black man to death in his room because he knew there wherabouts ok his sprog... no... suppose it shows how much times have changed. the film is fab, the action is good, and the acting is good very edge of your seat and ou really feel a fathers rage. after all who wouldnt be that brutal for the safety of there own flesh and blood. its a classic comando, kiss of the dragon which again are two ace films. i suppose me liking jet li (who is chinese) gets me off the racist hook does it???

Sabrina

I absolutely loved this movie...this was a really great movie with excellent action..I would go see it again, and I can't wait for it to come out on DVD...2 THUMBS UP...WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO♥

Sabrina

I absolutely loved this movie...this was a really great movie with excellent action..I would go see it again, and I can't wait for it to come out on DVD...2 THUMBS UP...WOOOOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOOO♥

Andy S

Zero plot, but I have to admit, it was great fun. There are some hole in the script, but Neeson is fantadtic as usual, and as hard as nails. Will appeal to blokes in their early twenties, or in their early fifties!!! Brilliant fun, but very predictable.

Moveman

Preferred this film to Quantum Of Solace, better fight scenes and a story you can relate to. Came out of the cinema with a wow feeling, Liam Neeson is a very underated actor.

Moveman

Preferred this film to Quantum Of Solace, better fight scenes and a story you can relate to. Came out of the cinema with a wow feeling, Liam Neeson is a very underated actor.

Peter

Excellent action film. Much better than I'd thought it would be. Great martial art scenes reminded me of Steve Seagal, only Taken does it better. Interesting plot done well. See it.

Peter

Excellent action film. Much better than I'd thought it would be. Great martial art scenes reminded me of Steve Seagal, only Taken does it better. Interesting plot done well. See it.

Jazzy M

Taken is an amazing film, I would definetly go and see it again, Truely thrilling and captivating. Better than Bond.

Jazzy M

Taken is an amazing film, I would definetly go and see it again, Truely thrilling and captivating. Better than Bond.

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i expected an average movie given the reviews but was pleasantly surprised. it was tight and gripping. sure it's not gonna change the world but for pure excapism i loved it.

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i expected an average movie given the reviews but was pleasantly surprised. it was tight and gripping. sure it's not gonna change the world but for pure excapism i loved it.

oldnik

What do you get if you mix 80's American jingoistic hogwash with a pale imitation of a Bourne movie? ....Taken!!! We get Liam Neeson with a bad hair dye job trying to play someone 10 years younger, a script which just panders to the xenophobe in us all at best and at it's worst portrays Arabs as people who want to deflower our children...... only Liam Neeson can save us...yawn....! Sure the film rattles on at pace, and reaches the oh so predictable conclusion before you're scrabbling at the bottom of your supersized popcorn, I would go as far as to say this film is racist, I'm no bleeding heart liberal, but it left me feeling as if I'd just seen some new big budget BNP party political broadcast, Utter Rubbish

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