Taken (2008) Poster

(I) (2008)


Jump to: Spoilers (5)
Liam Neeson expected the film to bomb, but he signed on, in order spend four months in Paris, and learn karate, while playing the kind of role he had rarely been offered in the past. Ironically, not only was the film a massive hit, but created a new on-screen image for Neeson, as an action hero.
Jeff Bridges was first cast as Bryan Mills, but after he dropped out of the project, Liam Neeson accepted the part, desiring to play a more physically demanding role than he was used to. Bridges eventually saw the film, and said Neeson was a much better choice for the role.
Former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier Mick Gould trained Liam Neeson in combatives and weapons handling skills to prepare him for the role.
Doing this film propelled Famke Janssen to take action in the real-life fight against corruption. She now serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime.
In a scene, Jean Claude (Olivier Rabourdin ) is telling the story of Little Red Riding Hood to his two children. Little Red Riding Hood has been used as a lesson to children to never trust strangers who might wish to harm them. It has also been used as a warning against prostitution. Both themes appear in the film.
Before any action takes place, Bryan already has scratches to the left side of his face, hinting at his "spare time" activities.
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.
Liam Neeson performs a good amount of his own stunts.
In the film, Katie Cassidy's character (Amanda) is nineteen years old and Maggie Grace's character (Kim) is seventeen years old. In real-life, Grace is older than Cassidy by three years.
The singer's name in the movie is Sheerah. In Hebrew, shirah is the feminine form of the word meaning "singing" or "poetry".
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 had appeared in minor roles in numerous similar shows.
Liam Neeson and Clive Standen, who plays Bryan in Taken (2017), are both from Northern Ireland.
4 of 4 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Maggie Grace was reportedly trained by world renowned running coach Alberto Salazar, in order to learn the finer points of running like a 12 year old girl.
3 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink
Received an "A-" CinemaScore.
2 of 3 found this interesting Interesting? | Share this
Share this: Facebook  |  Twitter  |  Permalink


The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Over the course of the movie, Bryan kills 35 people in order to get to his daughter.
The martial art style used by Liam Neeson is Nagasu Do, a hybrid martial art style that borrows from Judo, Aikido, and Jiu Jitsu.
The curved knife used in the final fight is a "karambit." It is a Filipino weapon, and the finger hole in the handle makes it very difficult to disarm, which was evident in the fight scene.
Near the end, Bryan jumps off of the "Pont des Arts," a pedestrian-only bridge in Paris. In the scene, the bridge is desolate, whereas most nights, people flock there to socialize, drink wine, and play the guitar.
Just before the kidnappers take Kim, she yells out, "Beard. Six feet. Tattoo right hand, moon and star."

See also

Goofs | Crazy Credits | Quotes | Alternate Versions | Connections | Soundtracks

Contribute to This Page