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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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Pierre Morel
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Liam Neeson ... Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace ... Kim
Leland Orser ... Sam
Jon Gries ... Casey
David Warshofsky ... Bernie
Holly Valance ... Sheerah
Katie Cassidy ... Amanda
Xander Berkeley ... Stuart
Olivier Rabourdin ... Jean-Claude
Gérard Watkins Gérard Watkins ... St-Clair
Famke Janssen ... Lenore
Marc Amyot Marc Amyot ... Pharmacist
Arben Bajraktaraj ... Marko
Radivoje Bukvic ... Anton (as Rasha Bukvic)
Mathieu Busson Mathieu Busson ... Undercover Agent
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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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Genres:

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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Trivia

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 »

Goofs

The police license plates have a single letter, which would make it a commercial plate rather than a police car plate. Police car plates in California only contain numbers. 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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Alternate Versions

The distributor made minor changes to secure a 15 certificate for the UK theatrical release. The UK theatrical cut is the same as the International Cut except for the torture scene, which was replaced with the PG-13 version to secure a 15 certificate. In the PG-13 version, clamps are attached to the chair. In the International Cut, they're attached to spikes which are stabbed into the victim's legs. The uncut International Cut was released with an 18 certificate on video. This censored UK version was also released theatrically in Ireland with a 15A certificate. The extended torture scene didn't affect the certificate on video, and the uncut International Cut was also released with a 15 certificate in Ireland (cinema and video certification systems are different in Ireland - a 15A at the cinema is equivalent to a 15 on video). See more »

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Shaky In Spots, But No-Nonsense Neeson Is Neat
17 May 2009 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Liam Neeson as "Bryan Mills," reminded me of Denzel Washington's role in "Man On Fire." In that film, Washington played a relentless-and-brutal bodyguard who did what he had to do to get kidnapped Dakota Fanning back to her parents.

Here, Neeson does the same to get his daughter "Kim" back from kidnappers/sex trade slime-balls. An ex-professional killer in retirement, "Bryan" travels to Paris and shows the bad guys who they're messing with! Neeson is very good in here.

Yeah, it's a little far-fetched but it's a fun hour-and-a-half that's guaranteed to entertain and a no-nonsense, shoot-first film that always satisfies. It also looks good on Blu-Ray. Beware though: this is another "shaky" hand-held camera deal on the action scenes, which can be tough on your eyes at times.

One last thing: it's not "non-stop action" as I had some people say. This movie starts slowly and builds up. It's the last half hour that's non-stop violence, not the whole film.

Expect a few holes and improbable happenings in here, but expect to be entertained, too.


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Release Date:

30 January 2009 (USA) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$25,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$24,717,037, 1 February 2009

Gross USA:

$145,000,989

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$226,837,760
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