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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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Storyline

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 have taken his daughter. He will hunt them. He will find them. He will kill them. See more »

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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:

Búsqueda implacable  »

Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

£1,165,986 (UK) (26 September 2008)

Gross:

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

All of Liam Neeson's character's ex-agency friends were played by actors who had previous roles in 'spy' or 'cop thriller' television shows and movies - Jon Gries played a major role in The Pretender (1996), Leland Orser was in both The Pretender (1996) and 24 (2001), and David Warshofsky has appeared in minor roles in numerous similar shows. See more »

Goofs

Bryan's diversion with the small walkie to avoid being caught when the French agents detect his cell phone location cannot work in the way depicted. First off, walkies usually are PTT, so either you can listen or you can talk, but to change from one mode to the other, you need to push a button. Even if these walkies were to transmit and receive at the same time without hitting a PTT button though, Bryan would have to either dial or pick up the phone before he could start moving to his alternate location. That alternate on the other roof was too far for him to have reached it in the few seconds that pass between the start of the conversation and the first shot of static Bryan with his binoculars. But even if they had shown him on the move rather than observing, the French agents would have known he needed to stay in range of the low-power Walkie for the trick to work, so he could not be more than a few dozen yards away. See more »

Quotes

[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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Connections

Referenced in Drugaí Marú (2015) See more »

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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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Excellent film, much like Man on Fire
25 July 2008 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Just watched this film and have to say, very good in the scheme of things. The film is quite slow at the beginning as others have said, however it quickly gathers pace. The way the script introduces you to the characters is excellent and its only when you see Liam Neeson tackling a crazed fan that you think he is an excellent choice in the lead role, in fact he carries it off very well. I wasn't too sure on Holly Valance as the pop singer, but as the number of scenes she is in are fairly minimal its OK. Action sequences are very well shot and you can tell Luc Besson had his hand in this. To this end, the overall film has an excellent pace which keeps you very well entertained. It has the same sort of storyline as Man on Fire so if you liked that film, then you will definitely like this. I would say its probably slightly better with the direction and cinematography being just a bit classier. Overall I thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend you seeing this. 7/8 out of 10


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