Captivating, suspenseful, riveting, exhilarating are only a few of the words that I would use to describe the movie Taken. If you desire a high dose of adrenaline to quench your movie watching thirst, and if you are ready to take a super-charged ride to the action filled city of Paris, France, then this is a must see movie for you. Taken, not for the faint of heart, will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire ninety-one minutes. Be prepared to have the popcorn container pried from your hand when the credits start to roll on this high energy thriller.
Taken premiered in France on February 27, 2008, with releases in the United Kingdom and United States following on September 26, 2008 and January 30, 2009, respectively. The film was produced by Luc Besson’s Europacorp and was filmed mostly in Paris. On its opening day in the U.S., the film grossed $9.4 million, and has garnered over $220 million worldwide (Taken, par. 17).
The central character in this film is Bryan Mills, played by Liam Neeson. His daughter, Kim Mills, is played by Maggie Grace. Although having limited camera exposure, she is the main driving force behind her father’s actions. Bryan’s ex-wife Lenore, and her husband Stuart contribute supporting roles which add to the excitement of the film. Amanda, Kim’s friend, played by Katie Cassidy has a short-lived role that provides a valuable part to the film.
As a retired CIA agent, Mills has spent many years in training for everything from hand –to-hand combat, explosives, marksmanship, and various electronic device expertise. Under false pretenses, Lenore and Kim, age 17, persuade Bryan to sign a consent form that allows Kim to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. He does this against his better judgment. After Kim and Amanda arrive in Paris, they end up sharing a taxi with a handsome man named Peter, who unbeknownst to them is a spotter for the Albanian mafia. Peter informs his colleagues of the address where the girls are staying, and before long Kim is watching as her friend Amanda gets kidnapped by some men, while Kim is on the phone with her father. Bryan informs his daughter that she will also be taken and gives her some instructions to follow that will later help him find the people that kidnapped them. One of the...