George V. Reilly

Review: Taken

Title: Taken
Director: Pierre Morel
Rating: ★ ★ ★
Copyright: 2008

Liam Neeson is Bryan Mills, a former CIA “pre­ven­ter” who re­luc­tant­ly lets his teenaged daughter visit Paris. Kim is abducted by an Albanian pros­ti­tu­tion ring and he sets out to rescue her. Non-stop mayhem and action ensue.

Taken works fairly ef­fec­tive­ly as an action movie in the Bourne mode. The plot moves fast enough that you don’t have time to reflect upon the gaping holes or the improbable ef­fec­tive­ness and in­vin­ci­bil­i­ty of Mills.

Neeson carries the movie, convincing as the pissed-off hardass who’ll go to any lengths to find his daughter.

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