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Bryan Mills (Character)
from Taken (2008/I)

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Taken (2008/I)
Bryan: I have a daughter who wants to be a singer. I was wondering if you have any tips for her.
Sheerah: Yeah, I do. Tell her pick another career.

Bryan: I'm not comfortable with this.
Kim: Dad.
Bryan: I know the world, sweetie.
Kim: Dad, please...
Bryan: I don't think a seventeen-year-old should be traveling alone.
Kim: I'm not gonna be alone.
Bryan: Two seventeen-year-olds.
Kim: Amanda's nineteen!
Bryan: How about this? How about if I go along? You won't even know I'm there. I'm very good at being invisible.
Lenore: As you so amply demonstrated for the rest of her life.

Lenore: I don't get you.
Bryan: What?
Lenore: You sacrificed our marriage to the service of the country, you've made a mess of your life in the service of your country, can't you sacrifice a little one time for your own daughter?
Bryan: I would sacrifice anything for her.

Kim: You don't have to worry.
Bryan: That's like telling water not to be wet, sweetie.

Bryan: I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.
Marko: [after a long pause] Good luck.

Bryan: Now's not the time for dick measuring, Stuart!

Sam: The specialty of the groups coming out of this area is trafficking in women.
Bryan: Keep going.
Sam: Okay. Their previous MO was to offer women from the emerging East-European countries like Yugoslavia, Romania, Bulgaria jobs in the west as maids and nannies. Once they smuggled them in, they'd addict them to drugs and turn them into prostitutes. Lately, however, they've decided that it's more economical just to kidnap traveling young women. Saves on transportation costs.
Lenore: [crying] Not my little baby.
Bryan: What else?
Sam: Based on what they know about the way these groups operate, our analyst says you have a ninety-six hour window from the time she was grabbed.
Bryan: To what?
Sam: To never finding her.

Bryan: [after Jean Claude tries to shoot him] That is what happens when you sit behind a desk. You forget things, like the weight in the hand of a gun that's loaded and one that's not.
[Bryan pulls his gun and shoots Isabelle in the arm]
Jean Claude: Isabelle!
[Jean-Claude turns and shouts at Bryan in French]
Jean Claude: You asshole!
Bryan: It's a flesh wound. But if you don't get me what I need, the last thing you'll see before I make your children orphans is the bullet I put between her eyes!

Saint Clair: Please understand... it was all business. It wasn't personal.
Bryan: It was all personal to me.
[unloads gun into Saint Clair]

[last lines]
Sheerah: So I heard you want to be a singer?
Kim: I do.
Bryan: She does.
Sheerah: Well, come on in. Let's see what you got.

[first lines]
Singh: Mr. Mills, how are you?
Bryan: I'm fine. How are you?
Singh: Very fine. I suppose you want to see it again?
Bryan: If you don't mind.
Singh: You know where it is.
Bryan: Oh yeah.

Bryan: [after electrocuting Marko] You either give me what I need or this switch will stay on until they turn the power off for lack of payment on the bill.

[after punching Marko in the face]
Bryan: Wake up! I need you to be focused!
[stabs Marko in the legs with metal rods]
Bryan: Are you focused yet?

Bryan: A friend gave this to me. It's Albanian. You mind translating it?
Marko: [translates paper] "Good luck".
Bryan: You don't remember me? We spoke on the phone two days ago. I told you I would find you.

Bryan: You come to this country, take advantage of the system and think because we are tolerant that we are weak and helpless. Your arrogance offends me. And for that the rate just went up 10%.

Bryan: I push one button and 38 agents are here before you have time to scratch your worthless balls.

Bryan: [Torturing Marko] I believe you. But that won't save you.
[Turns the electricity back on and leaves]

Bryan: [to Marko, while preparing him for torture] You know, we used to outsource this kind of thing. But what we found was the countries we outsourced to had unreliable power grids. Very Third World. You'd turn on a switch - power wouldn't come on, and then tempers would get short. People would resort to pulling fingernails. Acid drips on bare skin. The whole exercise would become counterproductive. But here, the power's stable. Here, there's a nice even flow. Here, you can flip a switch and the power stays on all day. Where is she?

Kim: Where are we?
Bryan: I told you. It's a surprise.
[Sheerah opens the door]
Sheerah: Hi.
Bryan: Hi.
[Kim stares at Sheerah, stunned to meet her face to face]
Bryan: [chuckles] When someone says 'hi,' it's usually polite to say 'hi' back.
Kim: H-Hi.

Bryan: Really? Who's Beyoncé?
Bryan: Just kidding.

Kim: Mom said your job made you paranoid.
Bryan: Well, my job made me aware.

Jean Claude: Just like the old days.
Bryan: Would you have it any other way?
Jean Claude: Between you and me, no. But now that I sit behind a desk, the world looks different.
Bryan: You mean it looks boring.
Jean Claude: I mean different. Okay, a little boring. But is being retired any more interesting?
Bryan: It wasn't until my daughter disappeared in Paris yesterday. She and her friend were marked by a spotter at the airport. Albanians took her.
Jean Claude: How do you know this?
Bryan: I'm retired, not dead.
Jean Claude: And I assume you don't want to go to the police.
Bryan: I was told I have 96 hours. That was sixteen hours ago.
Jean Claude: Okay, first we should find the spotter.
Bryan: I found him. He's dead.
Jean Claude: You found him that way?
[Bryan stays silent]
Jean Claude: Bryan, you cannot just run around, tearing down Paris.
Bryan: Jean Claude, I will tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to.

Bryan: Any advice for my daughter?
Sheerah: Yeah, tell her to find another line of work.

Taken 3 (2014)
[from trailer]
Franck Dotzler: If you go down this road, the LAPD, the FBI, the CIA... they're all gonna come for you. They'll find you. And they'll stop you.
Bryan Mills: Good luck.

[Bryan has just shot Stuart, who has confessed to framing him for Lenore's murder]
Bryan Mills: I know you know a lot of people, and with a good lawyer you'll get out of jail in a few years. And then I'll come for you. I'll find you, and we both know what's gonna happen.

Lenore St. John: Why do you have to be so damn honorable?
Bryan Mills: Believe me, right now I wish I weren't.

Clerk Toy Store: No matter how old they are, my friend, they will always be our baby.
Bryan Mills: Ain't that true? Come on, big guy.
[carrying out giant stuffed panda]

Officer Bernard: This is gonna end bad for you.
Bryan Mills: Don't be such a pessimist.
[drives off in his cop car]

[last lines]
Kim Mills: If it's a girl, we'd like to name her after mom.
Bryan Mills: She'd like that very much, Kim.

Jimy: Every single day, she goes to the same exact store, right off campus, every morning before class and gets the same peach yogurt drink.
Kim Mills: Stop.
Jimy: The fourth one from the back. Not the fifth one, not the third one, right? The fourth one, you know, will stay cold, but not too cold. That way, when she's drinking it as a snack in between classes...
Bryan Mills: It's still cold. I know I would do exactly the same thing.
Kim Mills: Yeah, the OCD gene.

Lenore St. John: [Mills picks up cell phone] How did it go?
Bryan Mills: Great. Fantastic. Couldn't have gone better.
Lenore St. John: The panda was not a hit, I take it.
Bryan Mills: Careful what you say. He's sitting right next to me. When did she grow up, Lenore?
Lenore St. John: I know. It goes so fast. All of it. Where are you?
Bryan Mills: Just going home. Make a little dinner. If you'd like to join us.
Lenore St. John: Us?
Bryan Mills: Me and the panda.
Lenore St. John: I'll... I'll take a rain check on that, if that's okay with you... and the panda?
Bryan Mills: That's fine by us. I'll see you.
Lenore St. John: See you.
[hangs up]
Bryan Mills: [to the panda] I know what you're thinking. Keep it to yourself.

Lenore St. John: I have the worst taste in men!
Bryan Mills: Thanks.
Lenore St. John: Oh, no. No, not you. Oh, God, I'm sorry.
Bryan Mills: It's okay.
Lenore St. John: Do you know what I fantasize about?
Bryan Mills: I'm afraid to ask.
Lenore St. John: Us.
Bryan Mills: Yeah?
Lenore St. John: And right after the guilt comes roaring in and I feel like such a shit... Does it make a bad person being married to one man, fantasizing about another?
Bryan Mills: Confused, maybe. Bad? No.
Lenore St. John: You must think I'm crazy.
Bryan Mills: If you are, Lennie, you're not the only one.

Bryan Mills: You wanna know what I think?
Kim Mills: Yeah.
Bryan Mills: I mean, it's a lot of work. It's a lot of responsibility. With your lifestyle the way it is at the moment, with college. With a puppy you have to be there all the time and feed it, walk it.
Kim Mills: Yeah.
Bryan Mills: It's no different than having a kid.

Bryan Mills: [on phone call to Kim] I have something to tell you.
Kim Mills: Dad? Dad, what's wrong?
Bryan Mills: Something terrible has happened. And I want you to hear it from me first. Your mom... she's dead. Someone murdered her in my apartment. It looks like I did it. I don't know why. I don't know who. But I'm going to find out. Listen carefully, Kim. No matter what anyone says, don't trust them.
Kim Mills: No.
Bryan Mills: You hear? I'll find a way to contact you.
Kim Mills: But Dad...
Bryan Mills: Try to be strong.
Kim Mills: Dad?
Bryan Mills: I love you.
Kim Mills: Wait.
[Mills hangs up]

Franck Dotzler: [Dotzler picks up his cell phone] Dotzler.
Bryan Mills: By now, I'm sure you know who I am. You know what I'm capable of.
Franck Dotzler: I am beginning to. Let me ask you something, just so I'm clear. CIA operative? Division 6? Division 7? What?
Bryan Mills: All you have to know is I'm innocent. Give me two days, I can prove it. I can find out who did it.
Franck Dotzler: You may very well be innocent, Mr. Mills. But that's the court's job to decide, it's not mine. My job is to bring you in and let the law take its course, that's it.
Bryan Mills: Good luck.
[hangs up]

Stuart St. John: So, what's the plan?
Bryan Mills: The plan is to make sure my daughter is safe. And the only way to do that, so it seems... is to eliminate the thing that will make her unsafe.
Stuart St. John: Malankov.
Casey: Good one, Stuart.
Stuart St. John: I'd like to help.
Casey: You're gonna help, alright. Like bait helps to catch a shark.

Kim Mills: What? My mom is dead because of one of your shitty business deals?
Stuart St. John: No, no, no. Kim, that's not what happened.
Kim Mills: I knew it! Let me go! It's his fault! He killed her! He killed her!
Bryan Mills: We need him... We need him.

Oleg Malankov: We are fucked by the same man.
Bryan Mills: What are you talking about?
Oleg Malankov: Stuart St. John. First, he gets me to kill your wife, then you. And when that doesn't work, he pushes you to kill me, no? Either way, he wins. Your wife... was just part of a business deal, like many before her. It is my turn to lose the game. Finish me! Finish me. I deserve it.
Bryan Mills: Yes... You do.

Franck Dotzler: I need you to step back and allow me to handle this. I got it.
Bryan Mills: What's your first priority here, Inspector?
Franck Dotzler: To arrest St. John and charge him with your ex-wife's murder.
Bryan Mills: My first priority is my daughter.

Bryan Mills: All your problems solved. All your worries over. But it didn't quite work out that way.
Stuart St. John: [hears the police coming and starts laughing] Oh, listen, Bryan. They're coming. You can't kill me now.
Bryan Mills: Oh, yeah?
Kim Mills: Dad.
Bryan Mills: I know you know a lot of people... and with a good lawyer, you'll get out of jail in a few years. And then I'll come for you. I'll find you. And we both know what's gonna happen.

Taken 2 (2012)
Murad: [Bryan has him cornered] What are you waiting for?
Bryan Mills: You have other sons?
Murad: Two.
Bryan Mills: And if I kill you, they will come and seek revenge?
Murad: They will for sure.
Bryan Mills: And I will kill them too. You can change that. You can go home, live your life, enjoy your sons, your grandsons.
Murad: And my other son, Marko, the son you killed... am I just supposed to forget it?
Bryan Mills: No, you'll just have to live with it. Like the parents of all those kidnapped girls. Or you can die here.
Murad: What are you telling me?
Bryan Mills: What I'm saying is, if you give me your word, I will throw down this gun and simply walk away.
Murad: Why?
Bryan Mills: Because I am tired of it all.

[from trailer]
Bryan Mills: [picking up a gun] My turn.

Kim: Mom didn't get away, did she?
Bryan Mills: No.
Kim: Oh God, Dad. Tell me the truth! Is she...
Bryan Mills: No, no, no, no, Kim. She's not. But they have her. And they will use her until they get what they want. Me.

Lenore: Wait, what about you?
Bryan Mills: I'll be fine. It's the guys following us who are about to have a problem. When a dog has a bone, the last thing you want to do is try and take it from

Murad: I have come to take you to Tropoje to face you to the people whose lives you have ruined. To give them justice.
Bryan Mills: You mean to give them revenge.
Murad: If it gives us peace call it anything you wish.

Bryan Mills: Do you know how to shoot?
Kim: No.
Bryan Mills: Then drive!

Bryan Mills: I have to make sure these people never bother us again in our lives.
Kim: What are you going to do?
Bryan Mills: What I do best.

Kim: [passing her driving test] I was perfect.
Bryan Mills: I've been saying that since the day you were born.

Lenore: Bryan. Don't.
Bryan Mills: I don't even know where the kid lives!
Lenore: You found her in a city of 12 million people within 72 hours. Promise me.