Tuesday, December 1, 2009

TAKEN

Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen


"They took his daughter. He'll take their lives."



When you hear the word "taken" you assume it refers to an alien abduction. But this film isn't about UFOs although an abduction does occur.

Kim (Maggie Grace from "Lost"), a 17 year old girl and her companion travel to Paris for the first leg of the world tour of the group U2. Once there, they are kidnapped by an Albanian syndicate who deals in the flesh trade. Well they picked the wrong girl since her father would stop at nothing just to retrieve his daughter from the bad guys. Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is an overprotective (with good reason) father who used to work for the government (I assume the CIA) so he truly knows all the perils lurking in this world.

A thin Liam Neeson looking a big haggard proved himself a worthy action star. His stunts were amazing. His ability to defend himself was skillful. The fast paced car chases were quite credible too. A man driven by his love for his daughter, he was truly relentless in his pursuit. Good acting!

This film is full of thrilling action sequences. As well as some violent scenes which I believe were necessary to depict an authentic picture of the bleak criminal world. It is set in gorgeous Paris yet it clearly exposes the dark side of the city of lights. A murky world of criminal elements, innocent minors trapped in the lucrative flesh trade, colluding policemen and the high rollers who wheel and deal in high class prostitution.

I admit the plot is a bit far fetched. Even though Bryan has all his connections/contacts at his disposal, it is highly improbable (in the real world) for him to have found his daughter just in time to save her from misery. Anyway, the suspense and thrill more than made up for this slight oversight.

So from the film, I was able to gather that one needs to be always alert and vigilant especially when traveling abroad. Plus if you do find yourself in deep trouble while overseas, you'd wish that Liam Neeson (with all his espionage skills) would be the one who will come barging down just to save you from a hellish existence! Hehe

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