Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Movie Review: Taken

Time for another installment of Bigmage’s movie review. This time we will be looking at the film I saw last night an action packed movie called Taken featuring Liam Nesson as a bad ass mo fo. I've always liked Liam Neeson ever since I saw him in Rob Roy and he has really gained fame latley by being in the movie blockbusters, Star Wars: Episode One The Phantom Menance and Batman Begins. I think Taken will keep him in the spotlight. Ok so onto the movie.

Neeson’s character Bryan Mills is some sort of an ex CIA operative who had recently retired from his gig to become closer with his daughter who he had lost touch with. Yes we have all seen a movie like this before where the dad gets pulled away from his family because of his job, gets divorced, wife gets remarried to a rich guy, daughter still likes dad but never sees him. Well as soon as they set this story it is immediately changed to an action packed thriller very similar to the Bourne/Transporter series.

Bryan’s daughter goes on a trip to Paris that he was very reluctant to let her go on being the over protective father that he is. No sooner does his daughter land than does his worst fears come true. His daughter gets snatched up by what he finds out is an Albanian crime group that targets young foreign tourists and turns them into prostitutes or sex slaves.

Immediately Bryan springs into action using information he gets from a CIA buddy from the last phone call he taped while his daughter was getting kidnapped. The conversation he has with her capture sets the tone for the rest of the movie. As seen in the trailer for this movie Neeson tells the kidnapper, “I don’t know who you are, but if you don’t let my daughter go, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

What follows this call is non-stop action. Car chases, interrogations, explosions, plenty of hand to hand combat, etc. For being an older guy Neeson really sells this character and is very active for a 56 year old man. Without giving too much away you find yourself feeling for Neeson’s character and you want to see him do whatever it will take to get to his daughter and he pretty much does it.

This is a movie that you will either like or you will just think it is any other action/thriller and it is very predictable, which it is but what hero type action movie isn’t predictable. This movie had my attention the whole time and it was very entertaining which is all I can ask for in a movie.

Id give it 3.5 out of 5 stars and is definitely worth seeing in the theater.

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