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Taken  (DVD)
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Taken  (DVD)
Advantages: Fantastic film...
Disadvantages: None for me...
As a huge Liam Neeson fan, I was keen to see a film called 'Taken' which stars Mr Neeson, and for which I had heard some glowing reports.
Taken is the story of a retired CIA agent, Bryan Mills (played by Liam Neeson) who is trying quite hard to build a meaningful relationship with his teenage daughter Kim, following the break down of his marriage to Kim's mother. Bryan is extremely over-protective of Kim and allows some of the disturbing things he has seen in his career with the CIA to influence his decisions when it comes to parenting.
When Kim decides she wants to go on a trip to Paris with her friend, she asks her father to sign a consent form which he refuses to do, claiming it would be unsafe for Kim. He eventually gives in to emotional pressure from both Kim and his estranged wife however, and signs the consent form.
What happens when Kim arrives in Paris remains a bit of a mystery to Bryan but the few facts he does have form a very sinister puzzle when placed together. Kim and her friend have been abducted, seemingly by a group of foreign men, and from the little information he has, Bryan decides he must travel to Paris to track down his daughter and bring her home.
Will Bryan be able to trace the girls? What has happened to them? And why have they been 'Taken'?...
* MY OPINION *
I thoroughly enjoyed this film from start to finish, as did my partner. I found the storyline to be very gripping and it kept me engaged from the start. As with all good thrillers, I found that I was literally pinned to the edge of my seat as the action and drama of the story unfolded before me.
Liam Neeson did a fantastic job in his role as always. He came across as a fairly over-protective father whilst delivering the correct amount of ass-kicking that his CIA agent role required. I found he was completely engaging and believable and it was a pleasure to watch him in this role. He brought a certain sarcastic humorous side to the role of Bryan, with a perfect balance of wit and cynicism. Both my partner and myself were impressed with the amount of 'physical' scenes that Liam had to undertake. I don't want to give too much away, but suffice to say that there were several scenes involving Liam Neeson that required extreme physical strength and stamina... Not bad for an actor approaching his 60's...
The supporting cast did well in their respective roles, but to be honest the main focus of the movie was on Bryan's character and the main storyline followed this character for the most part. I didn't feel that I lost out on anything by the movie being told mostly from Bryan's perspective, but it didn't really give me enough of a chance to build much feeling or sentiment towards any of the other characters.
Bryan's daughter Kim is played by Maggie Grace and I thought she did well in her role, making the situation quite believable and ensuring her fear and vulnerability came across to the audience enough to stir sympathy towards the character whilst fearing for her safety.
The storyline on the whole was very well written and I found it easy to follow, even though foreign languages are used at several points through the film. Albanian and French are used in several places but I didn't find this to be off-putting, nor did it distract me from the storyline.
The film is rated a certificate 18, and I did think this was appropriate given the scenes of drug use, sexual content, violence, torture and the language used. There is one torture scene in the second half of the movie that I found a bit unpleasant to watch, but it didn't ruin any aspect of the film for me and I'd still fully recommend the film, just not for a younger audience!
In conclusion, I found Taken to be a fully engaging film, with a thrilling and gripping storyline and a very capable cast who delivered these elements with excellent skill and timing. The whole 90 minutes of the movie were completely captivating and the action-packed story kept us glued to the screen throughout.
I would award Taken full Dooyoo marks, and thoroughly recommend giving it a watch. The DVD that I borrowed did not have any bonus features or material as such, but there was a few options on the menu such as subtitles etc. The DVD is available to buy from www.amazon.co.uk for only £5.99 (new) and prices are around £3 for a used copy.
Well worth a watch! Thoroughly recommended for fans of action and thriller types of movies.
Summary: A fantastic thriller/action movie, well worth a watch IMO!!