Taken review

Film description

In a nutshell:

Liam Neeson goes on a roaring rampage of revenge when his backpacking daughter is kidnapped in Paris.


Bryan: ‘I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.’

Bryan: ‘You don't remember me? We spoke on the phone two days ago. I told you I would find you.’

Kim: 'You don't have to worry.'
Bryan: 'That's like telling water not to be wet, sweetie.'


Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a retired CIA operative. He’s extremely overprotective of his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace), a wannabe popstar with her heart set on travelling through Europe.

Mills is strongly against the trip, but he gives his consent in an effort to stay in his daughter’s favour. Kim and her friend arrive in Paris and agree to take a taxi with a charming man, oblivious to the fact he’s involved in a human trafficking ring.

The suave stranger promptly arranges for the girls to be kidnapped and fast-tracked into sex slavery, but Kim finds the time to make a quick call to her father, who briefs her on the situation, and promises to head over to the city to save her.

Mills then puts every skill at his disposal into rescuing his daughter and bringing a world of CIA-trained retribution to her captors.

Better on Blu-ray:

After establishing the family dynamic (career man Neeson has put his job before his family for too long) in the opening act, Taken rips into the Parisian action with gusto.

In HD, Neeson makes for an impressively capable action man, totally convincing in the movie’s relentless combat scenes. Whether he’s engaging in Bourne-esque fisticuffs, hitting the gas for a car chase, or putting together a rudimentary torture device, you can see ever bead of sweat on his craggy face.

And the locations are given a new depth on Blu-ray, with a nighttime Paris twinkling with practically-there clarity, and the dingy backstreets gaining an extra layer of grime.

Blu-ray Extras:

•  Making Of
•  Avant Premiere
•  Six Inside Action: Side by Side Comparisons
•  Real Time Mission Intelligence - Bonus View

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Release Dates

UK Cinema release
June 16th 2011
UK DVD release
February 9th 2009
UK Blu-ray release
August 13th 2009

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