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Taken (2008)

PG-13 | | Action, Thriller | 30 January 2009 (USA)
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A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.


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Marc Amyot ...
Anton (as Rasha Bukvic)
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Seventeen year-old Kim is the pride and joy of her father Bryan Mills. Bryan is a retired agent who left the Central Intelligence Agency to be near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim manages to convince her reluctant father to allow her to travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When the girls arrive in Paris they share a cab with a stranger named Peter, and Amanda lets it slip that they are alone in Paris. Using this information an Albanian gang of human traffickers kidnaps the girls. Kim barely has time to call her father and give him information. Her father gets to speak briefly to one of the kidnappers and he promises to kill the kidnappers if they do not let his daughter go free. The kidnapper wishes him "good luck," so Bryan Mills travels to Paris to search for his daughter and her friend. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They took his daughter. He'll take their lives. See more »


Action | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,165,986 (UK) (26 September 2008)


$145,000,989 (USA) (3 July 2009)

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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The map that Bryan is holding, when he finds out about the girls' plans at the airport at the beginning of the movie, is an old Europe map (probably dated 1992), as the now dissolved Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia can clearly be seen. Czechoslovakia separated into two independent countries, Czech Republic and Slovak Republic, in 1993. Yugoslavia was dissolved in 1992. See more »


Bryan gives his daughter an international cell phone before her trip, but he doesn't give her a charger to keep it working. See more »


[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.
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Performed by Joy Denalane feat. Lupe Fiasco
Written by Curtis Mayfield (as C. Mayfield), Ben Krass (as B. Krass), Joy Denalane (as J. Denalane), Max Herre (as M. Herre), Sekou A. Neblett (as S. Neblett), Lupe Fiasco (as W. Jaco)
(c) Chi-Sound Music (Administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing) / BMG UFA Musikverlag GmbH & BMG Songs / Edition Red Black & Green / Edition Soulguerilliero / Heavy as Heaven Music c/o Universal Music Publishing MGB France
Contains sample from "I Want to Go Back" by Curtis Mayfield and Ben Krass
Courtesy of Warner Chappell Music France
(p) 2006 Nesola GmbH
Courtesy of Sony BMG Music Entertainment France
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User Reviews

Surprising original exciting action movie
13 March 2008 | by (Netherlands) – See all my reviews

I saw this movie tonight at the sneak preview and I was completely surprised and blown away. I went to see this movie with no expectations. In the beginning it seems that it was going to be an easy to watch movie, but after a short time it turned into a high-speed action movie. I found the story original and so did my friends. At some times I found it hard to watch, because of the drug abuse and violence. To know that these practices still occur also gave me a horrible feeling. I was completely taken away by this movie. At some points it was very very quiet in the cinema, because of the excitement, you wonder what is going to happen next. Some moments in the story I found a bit not convincing, but the rest of the movie makes up to that. Liam Neeson in one of his best performances. It had good action, a good story, some humor. There are also some sensitive / sentimental scenes. There are no plot twists. It is just a story being told. This is one of those movies which stay in your memory for a while and let you think about bad things that happen. The movie that had that same effect on me was Traffic (2000). Personally I think this movie is underrated, but maybe this is because it is new. I would give it 8/10.

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