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Taken

3

Wham, bam, thank you Liam! Neeson is a man on fire: an unstoppable army of one scrapping and shooting his way around the City of Love. Both reprehensible and enjoyable in roughly equal measure.

A muscular action thriller with dubious racial politics, Taken sees Liam Neeson cut up rough as a retired CIA operative out to rescue his daughter from evil Arabs.

It’s Bourne in middle-age: a straightforward shoot- ’em-up given a little heart by the regret and redemption of a hard-working professional trying to re-connect with his alienated sprog.

There’s also the dubious but undeniable pleasure of watching bone-crunching scraps involving an Oscar-nominated actor soon to play Abraham Lincoln in Spielberg’s biopic of the revered American prez. Neeson makes for a surprisingly credible action hero, adding brawn to his usual brooding gravitas, delivering well-practised beat-downs and stone-faced ultimatums.

The story’s as simple as it sounds. After a half hour of scene-setting – Neeson’s a deadbeat dad who has put his country before his family; his ex-wife (Famke Janssen) just doesn’t understand; his daughter (Maggie Grace) is spoilt but, y’know, adorable – we’re off to Paris, where Grace is soon half-inched and scheduled to be sold. So Neeson decides to kill them and get her back.

Then we’re into a string of set-pieces of varying degrees of brutality, as Neeson storms through the French capital on his bloody, one-man revenge mission. The script displays all the subtlety we’ve come to expect from the Transporter writing team of Robert Mark Kamen and Luc Besson.

Visually we’re in familiar territory, too, with Pierre Morel – director of District 13 and cinematographer on Louis Leterrier’s Unleashed – opting for fast-cut camerawork and relentless energy to keep you going once your disbelief hasn’t so much been suspended as hung, drawn and quartered.

Definitely not Bourne then (not even The Transporter – it’s not as much daft fun), but reliably hard-headed entertainment for the graphic-action demographic.

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    • mallardb

      Dec 18th 2008, 14:54

      5

      A brillaint thriller and one of the best movies of the year. Truly outstanding!

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    • jessybaby

      Jan 2nd 2009, 13:45

      5

      a brilliant film, definately a must see of the year o8, for the action/thriller sub genre fans. outstanding performances from the whole cast 5/5

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    • captainchod

      Jan 29th 2009, 10:58

      1

      I'm gonna go ahead and not be sarcastic about this film. It's absolutely ridiculous, but plays it seriously. There's 1 or 2 good bits here, but on the whole it's terrible. My housemate and I laughed most of the way through it - and no it wasn't intended that way..

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    • avfc4eva

      Feb 14th 2009, 15:40

      5

      Great Action, Great Performance from Liam Nesson, It does what movies are suppose to do IT ENTERTAINS.

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    • Bullsi

      Apr 19th 2009, 19:38

      anyone who thinks this film rates below 4 or 5 stars needs to stop watching eastenders and start watching films. bourne meets bond - its everything a man wants in a film.

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    • Bullsi

      Apr 19th 2009, 19:38

      5

      sorry i forgot to rate it...

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    • justme1

      May 15th 2012, 0:56

      5

      this movie is not only entertaining but highly educative. girls/boys/kids should use their brain not to trust strangers, no matter where do they come from. race, nationality don't matter. as for "evil Arabs".. i get the humor behind it, there is definitely cliche. that's just the author is lucky not live in some French or Belgian suburb...

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