Bryan Mills (Liam Nesson) is a retired spy who moved to Los Angeles to be near his daughter, KIm (Maggie Grace)- who
is now 17. He vows never to miss a birthday of hers and wants to reconnect to her. He buys her a karaoke
machine as a present while his ex-wife's boyfriend buys her a horse. He allows Kim to go to Paris with her friend Amandabased
ona few conditions like giving Dada call every day. When she talks to Dad, he hears her being kidnapped.
He vows to the kidnappers (evil Albanian sex traffickers) that he will kill them if he doesn't get his daughter back.
Bryan goes to Paris to find his daughter and a high body count mounts up.
TAKEN is a popcorn action film. The characterization is thin because it is all about the action in the film.
It is a pulse pounding action film as Bryan tracks down the ones responsible for tracking down his daughter. The first
30 minutes builds the story to the event that throws Bryan into action. He uses the skillls he learned a spy as he has
only 96 hours to rescue Kim before she disappears for good. Don't focus on the bad writing and acting of
the Kim character. Just sit back and enjoy the ride as Bryan takes out bad guys left and right.
TAKEN could have been a character driven action film, but it just goes for the gut and delivers a lean action film.
It is the type of film that will do well on DVD and Blu-Ray. Liam Nesson is crackling as Bryan. He makes
us believe in the skills the ex-spy has and the determination of a father to rescue his daughter no matter what.
If you want your action fast and furious, TAKEN is a fantastic choice for enjoying 90 minutes of popcorn action entertainment.
Two audio commentaries were recorded for
the Extended Cut: the first with Director Pierre Morel, Cinematographer Michael Abramowicz, and Car Stunt Supervisor Michel
Julienne while track 2 is with Co-Screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen
LE MAKING-OF TAKEN is an over twenty minute
featurette that focuses on the making of the film and features interview with Liam Nesson, Maggie Grace, and a few of the
crew (speaking in French) like the director, Luc Besson, and Robert Mark Kamen.
The AVENT PREMIERE is a short featurette that has footage from the premiere of TAKEN that features an introduction
to the screening by Luc Besson, Liam Nesson, and the Director. Also it
shows red carpet footage with Nesson’s wife Natasha Richardson. INSIDE
ACTION SIDE-BY-SIDE SCENE COMPARISONS are on disc one for six scenes in the film.
FINAL ANALYSIS: TAKEN is fantastic
popcorn action entertainment.
This DVD review is (c)5-17-2009 David
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