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"Taken" is a thriller starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace and Famke Janssen. Directed by Pierre Morel, the plot of this action-packed DVD centers on former CIA agent Bryan Mills who has left his job just to be close to his daughter Kim, living with her mom and step-dad. Extremely caring and possessive about Kim, he is not too keen to let his precious daughter travel to Paris all alone with her friend Amanda but caves in to his daughter’s pleadings. But never does he imagine in his wildest dreams that 17-year old Kim may be kidnapped; or worse dead. Bryan now has to revive all his skills as an Ex CIA officer to rescue his daughter from being forced into the vicious underworld of prostitution, in this sensational thriller. "Taken" is suspense-filled and moves at a breakneck pace with unpredictable twists and turns that keeps you on the edge of your seat. With sleek action sequences, right dose of violence and of course Liam Neeson’s smashing act as an ex-CIA, this DVD "Taken", is a must-watch.
Number of Discs: 1
Rating: PG-13 (MPAA)
Film Country: USA
"Morel directs much like his mentor Besson -- that's to say, very slickly, with an emphasis on glossy action sequences."
Sight and Sound - Geoffrey Macnab (11/01/2008)
"TAKEN is very much its own film, bolstered by director Morel's explosive, adrenaline-driven approach to staging action and a cleverly-constructed script..."
Box Office - Wade Major (01/28/2009)
"Neeson throws himself into this role, appearing in nearly every scene and making good use of a purposeful scowl that combines fury and disgust in equal measure."
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan (01/30/2009)
"A satisfying thriller as grimly professional as its efficient hero, TAKEN pairs the ruthless hand-to-hand combat of the Bourne series with the potent child-in-peril plotline of a Lifetime original movie."
Washington Post (01/30/2009)
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is an absolute hoot whose visceral, no-holds-barred fight and torture scenes...are brutal enough to make even Jack Bauer flinch."
Total Film - Neil Smith (02/20/2009)
3 stars out of 5 -- "Ex-cinematographer Pierre Morel brings much of the punishing brutality he injected into DISTRICT 13..."
"One of the biggest -- and most surprising -- hits of the year, TAKEN gooses a tired premise and turns it into a tense exercise..." -- Grade: A-
Entertainment Weekly - Chris Nashawaty (05/15/2009)