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Taken (Two-Disc Extended Edition) [Import]

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What could be a skillful but ordinary action flick gets a surprising emotional heft from the presence of Liam Neeson as the hero. Bryan Mills (Neeson) has given up his career as a spy to form a relationship with his estranged teenage daughter--but when, on a trip to Paris, she's kidnapped by slavers, Mills uses all his connections and skills to turn the city of lights upside down and rescue her. Like most of the movies that writer/producer Luc Besson has a hand in (such as La Femme Nikita, The Transporter, Unleashed, and many other French action movies), Taken drips with lurid violence (a bit toned-down to get a PG-13 rating, but there's still plenty of it), deranged sentimentality, and stereotypes of all kinds. But this doesn't stop his movies from being effective thrill-rides, and Taken is no exception. Taken pays just enough attention to the illusion of procedure--making it seem like Mills knows all the right steps to track down his daughter--that the movie cheerfully seduces your suspension of disbelief, despite many plot holes and scenes where Mills doesn't get scratched despite bullets flying in all directions or pretends to be a French policeman despite not speaking French or even adopting a French accent. What holds it all together is Neeson; his gravitas and emotional availability make his character--the usual action fantasy of impossible competence and righteous fury--somehow seem real and relatable. --Bret Fetzer

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best action movies I've seen March 25 2012
By Steven Aldersley TOP 50 REVIEWER
I'm not a big fan of action movies. They tend to focus on violence and killing as many people as possible in the most original ways, but a select few have more depth. Taken falls into the latter category.

Why is it so good?

If you had told me that a 56-year-old actor would make one of the best action movies I've ever seen, I would have laughed and thought how bad Roger Moore's version of James Bond was in A View to a Kill and Octopussy. Action movies often feature actors who look the part, but who can't really act. Arnold Schwarzenegger springs to mind. Liam Neeson changes all that with this one performance. He doesn't look like he could take on the world, but his acting ability is so good that he convinces you that he's capable of everything he does in the movie.

Bryan Mills (Neeson) used to work for the government as a CIA operative. He still associates with friends from his previous job, but he's given up that career in an attempt to get closer to his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). She lives with his ex-wife, Lenore (Famke Janssen), and her rich stepfather. When Mills takes Kim a thoughtful gift on her seventeenth birthday, her stepfather gives her a horse. Mills doesn't seem to have a chance of winning her respect. What's more, Lenore apparently hates him.

Mills is given another chance to make a connection with Kim when she asks him to sign a consent form so that she can leave the country for a vacation. As she's 17, she needs the permission of both parents. Mills isn't happy about the idea. He's seen a lot of criminal activity in his former line of work and understands the dangers involved. Is he just being paranoid? His dire warnings seem exaggerated, but we soon see that they are justified.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Refreshing and oh so good! Feb. 15 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Fell in love with this movie the first time I saw it in theaters. Not that i want to compare the movies themselves, but this had the same feeling of surprise and wow as when I watched V for Vendetta.

It was a simple concept that captivated you quickly and wasted no time in small talk. Everything, each scene whether small or big had meaning in them. The scene that is the most emotional in a sense, was when Bryan talks to the kidnappers, it grabs you and afterwords, you can imagine in how much sh_t they are in without realizing it.

Beautiful and worth rewatching again and again.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Marty
great movie. keeps you guessing. surprise ending. easy to get in to.
not too long. two choices of raitings one for adults and one for early teens
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4.0 out of 5 stars It was VERY good. Of course Aug. 3 2014
By Mame
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
I was on the edge of my seat during most of this picture. It was VERY good. Of course, Liam Neeson is, perhaps, the biggest reason for this picture being so good. He is so convincing. I am looking forward to seeing "Taken 2". I can only hope that it is as enjoyable as the first "Taken" is. You won't be sorry buying this movie.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good story, lots of action... Sept. 3 2014
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
It was a really good story and we enjoyed it; the one thing that I found a bit unrealistic was how immature they had his 17 year old daughter acting but I think they were trying to show how naïve she was so that made it easier to believe. Overall good movie and we were looking forward to seeing the sequel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome. Just Awesome. Aug. 15 2009
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This is a really Intelligent movie. Great storyline and very well acted by all concerned.

A sequel would be awesome
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3.0 out of 5 stars OK, not great June 29 2009
By Janelle
I had expected to be really blown away by this movie. The previews made the movie look really intense and suspenseful. I felt that it was fairly predictable and not surprising at all. Basically just one man killing great quantities of men.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars July 5 2014
By Sita
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Fast moving drama. Well acted and we'll produced movie
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5.0 out of 5 stars great movie and great quality
I received it quickly, great movie and great quality.
Published 2 months ago by Brady
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
très bon film
Published 3 months ago by jocelyn giroux
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME
Another GREAT movie ---would recommend to all who like action and drama. You will have to take my word I love it
Liam Neeson always one of the best
Published 5 months ago by music-rose
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic action movie
At first I had a problem picturing Liam Neesom as a James Bond / Jet Li action hero, but he proved to be a superb one. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Fantasy Fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing movie!
Great action packed movie. I really enjoyed this one. I rewatched this many many times and wanted the Blu-Ray for the shelf..
Published 8 months ago by Kyle Lee
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific movie
This was suspenseful and kept me on the edge of my seat. Hope the second one is as good. Goes to show you don't mess with Dad.
Published 8 months ago by Diane Edwards
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Published 8 months ago by John B. Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Standard get my child back - yet well executed
A retired CIA agent lets his ex-wife twist his arm into letting their daughter round all over Europe. Read more
Published 11 months ago by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars perfect
Just as I expected.arrived on time:) for the birthday guest.very happy with the purchase. A great movie to watch .thx
Published 13 months ago by S
4.0 out of 5 stars Action Packed
Lots of action in this film. Liam Neeson plays an undercover armed, personal security guard.
Liam's job is pretty straight forward until his daughter is kidnapped in... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Ditch
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