Matt’s Movies: I Was Definitely Taken By “Taken”
by Matt Marble
Everybody has rules.
A common one is that you never mess with a manâ€™s family.
This is what happens in the action thriller “Taken.”
Bryan (Liam Neeson), a former secret agent living in the US,Â is very skilled in hand-to-hand combat, divorced, and he loves his 17-year-old daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) who lives with his ex-wife and her new husband Stuart (Xander Berkeley).
Kim wants to take a vacation in Europe with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy), and together follow U2’s European tour. But when they arrive in Paris, they get kidnapped by some thugs and are forced into the sex trade.
When Bryan finds out, he heads to France and starts knocking down doorsâ€¦and busting heads. With only 96 hours before she vanishes forever, time is not on his side.
The film demonstrates that a fatherâ€™s love knows no bounds. From the very beginning, you can feel the connection that Bryan longs to have with his daughter. Giving up his â€œcareerâ€ to be closer to her is a sign of this. â€œTakenâ€ is filled with action and violence, but also has a good feeling of family and love.
Written by Luc Besson (“The Fifth Element”) & Robert Mark Kamen, and Directed by Pierre Morel (“The Transporter”), “Taken” is rated PG-13.
“Taken” was #2 at the box office last weekend, and has brought in over $100 million bucks; it’s playing at several area theaters â€“ click here to see locations and showtimes.
Here are some clips of the movie to whet your appetite:
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