Taken (2008)

Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him good luck, so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend. - synopsis from IMDB

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 Genres

action, crime

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Directed by Pierre Morel.

Rated 7.8 on IMDB from 500433 votes.

Runtime: 93 min.

 Review

It’s still early days in 2008, but Taken is already tugging the average upwards. So what makes it deserve the bonus point compared to other action blockbusters? Allright, the end buyer in the movie’s trafficking scheme and the obligatory underestimation by the bad guys might be cliche, but anyone telling you they predicted the demise of “Peter” is subject to suspicion.

Timing is what Taken relies on. A seemingly peaceful set of starting scenes quickly makes way for unnerving action.

Forget Jason Bourne for a moment, this guy is on fire. And at his age, it shows - awesome. I reckon Taken will be on many a Christmas wishlist.

Seen: 02 May 2008

Taken

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