The Movie “Taken”

That is what happens when you sit behind a desk. You forget things, like the weight in the hand of a gun that’s loaded ………and one that’s not.

I went to the movies the other night and caught Liam Neeson’s new flick Taken. The story is centered on Bryan Mills (Neeson) a retired CIA field operative busting the heads of people who stand in the way of him reuniting with his daughter (Maggie Grace). You see she didn’t take daddy’s advice about not going to Europe without adult supervision when she is only 17, and now she is lined up for an “I told you so” of gargantuan proportions as she has been kidnapped by eastern European people traffickers.

Neeson’s character has a one thing on his mind, rescuing his daughter, and that’s it. Where Jason Bourne doesn’t know who he is, Bond is serving Queen and country Neeson is a one man wrecking crew fiercely determined in his task: reaching his daughter before she disappears forever. I think it’s that no frills approach that makes the movie so entertaining. Not trying to be clever, not trying to throw you twists just following a one man army on his mission.

The only drawback in the movie for me was the casting decision to put 25yr old Maggie Grace as the 17yr old daughter. She seems closer to 30 than 17. She has a run that she does in order to try and portray someone younger than her years but it really just makes her seem a bit simple rather than young. You have to see it to know what mean, but you will straight away. My only guess is that due to the graphic nature of some of the scenes the production crew thought it would be safer to not emphasize her adolescence, and yet it’s her naivety and lack of life experience that Neeson is trying to protect.

Overall definitely worthy of a watch, it won’t change your life, but it will take you on an hour and half tour to the dark side of someone elses.

4 out of 5 stars


1 Response to “The Movie “Taken””

  1. 1 Errant Gosling March 2, 2009 at 1:51 am

    Thanks for the review; I was considering seeing this and now I think I will. I agree though, I hate it when they cast adults in kids rolls. It’s never convincing.

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