Taken is a french action film starring Liam Neeson as a retired security guard. His daughter (Maggie Grace from TV’s Lost) gets kidnapped in another country and now he has to hunt down the kidnappers. Using his skills and experience as a long time security guard, he embarks on a mission that involves deadly gangsters and an underground prostitution business.
The main plot is simplistic but surprisingly engaging. Much credit goes to the incredible actor Liam Neeson, who in this film is James Bond minus the women plus Jason Bourne times a hundred. He uses his fists, guns and other weapons to take out the bad guys in an extremely efficient manner.
There is a scene where he has the chance to speak to one of the kidnappers on the phone, and he delivers a monologue that starts with “I don’t know who you are” and ends with “I will kill you”. It’s nice to see the hero rambling instead of the villain for a change.
There are plenty of action scenes, all fast paced, exciting, and brutally realistic. There is no overly-long giant shoot out where everyone is firing bullets but nobody gets hit. Here, a gunshot finishes you off and a punch knocks you unconscious.
There was a car chase where I had difficulty making out what was going on, and sometimes the camera swings too much, making me dizzy. Nevertheless, this film is fairly well shot, and the fact that it was mostly shot in Paris, France gives it a unique and refreshing look. I also have to point out that the score is good.
Liam Neeson’s character does some violent and crazy things, but the heart that is lacking in other sub-par action flicks is very much alive here. For those of you who don’t know who Liam Neeson is, you might want to check out Taken.