Taken

Film
5 out of 5 stars
(67user reviews)
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Time Out says

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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Release details

Rated:
15
Release date:
Friday September 26 2008
Duration:
94 mins

Cast and crew

Director:
Pierre Morel
Cast:
Liam Neeson
Maggie Grace
Famke Janssen
Xander Berkeley

Users say (67)

5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.6 / 5

Rating Breakdown

  • 5 star:56
  • 4 star:4
  • 3 star:3
  • 2 star:2
  • 1 star:2
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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.


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


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.


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!


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


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!


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.


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.


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???


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???


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♥


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♥


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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


The action in the film is very good, i thought Liam Neeson was very convincing as the lead. There are some obvious miscasts in the film- notably Neeson's ex-wife (the one from the X-Men movies and his daughter). I like the idea of highlighting the horror of human trafficking but the plot a little weak, Just another action movie and if you like that stuff then you won't be disappointment. A really crap ending and unrealistic.


Looked forward to this film from seeing the trailer - it lived up to expectaion. I thought Liam Neeson wouldn't hold it as a hard character but it worked well. The action sections were very exciting and hard hitting - will put the pressure on the next Bond movie to deliver action scenes like these. Thoroughly entertaining.


Looked forward to this film from seeing the trailer - it lived up to expectaion. I thought Liam Neeson wouldn't hold it as a hard character but it worked well. The action sections were very exciting and hard hitting - will put the pressure on the next Bond movie to deliver action scenes like these. Thoroughly entertaining.


Excellent film. only watched it becasue of reviews on here. I would watch it again. Gripping, fast and emotive.


morrel again is implicating that corruption translates from the higher echelons of the government -like B13 this combines corrupt bureaucrats and conspiracy between politicians and ordinary gangsters as being the root level cause of crime -albanians are shown as exploited as the victims here-the cops and politicians are the main villains, and liam looks devastating as the lean mean fighting machine -a high octane action thriller which is very well made and some people applauded in the theatre too-it is formulaic and has loopholes too but is entertaining -a rare quality today in cinema -the ambiance of the drug prostitution hovels makes it dark and harrowing ,though not as chilling as eastern promises..i enjoyed it despite the action hero stereotypes for it's rather endearing paternal affect and superb pacing with slick action pieces .


Having Liam Neeson in the role adds nothing to this movie, it could just as well have been played by Bruce Willis. One man on his own defeats all the baddies !! Bookended by images of his daughter living the "American Dream". God Bless America !! ( It is ironic that the baddies are Albanian gangsters, given that Bush and Co. have dismembered Kosovo and Metohija from Serbia and given it to Albanian criminals and terrorists !!)


Isaw this film courtesy of timeout. Its was a great film, although probably not something I would have gone to see without the free tickets. The plot is thought emotive and dealt with well and sadly something that does happen in this sad perverted world. Well worth watching if you fancy something other than the usual american action hero stuff!


Isaw this film courtesy of timeout. Its was a great film, although probably not something I would have gone to see without the free tickets. The plot is thought emotive and dealt with well and sadly something that does happen in this sad perverted world. Well worth watching if you fancy something other than the usual american action hero stuff!

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