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Taken

(DVD - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Kim is seventeen years-old and the pride and joy of her father, the ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills. Bryan left the agency to stay near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim convinces the reluctant Bryan to sign an authorization form so she can travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When they arrive, they share a cab with a stranger named Peter. Amanda tells him that they are alone in Paris. While Bryan is on the phone with Kim, Albanese gang members break into the apartment where the girls are staying. Bryan has Kim give him a detailed description of what she sees and hears. He tells her she is about to be kidnapped. Bryan promises Kim that he will come and get her. He immediately travels to Paris to find Kim and Amanda. He has four days to find her and he uses his special skills and contacts to get her back and seek his revenge.
Statement of Responsibility: Twentieth Century Fox presents a Europacorp, M6 Films and Grive Productions co-production with the participation of Canal+, M6 and TPS Star, a film by Pierre Morel ; produced by Luc Besson ; written by Luc Besson & Robert Mark Kamen ; directed by Pierre Morel
Uniform Title: Taken (Motion picture)
Title: Taken
[videorecording]
Publisher: Beverly Hills, CA : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, [2009]
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (91 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
Notes: Title from container
Originally released as a motion picture in 2008
Credits: Director of photography, Michel Abramowicz ; editor, Frédéric Thoraval ; music, Nathaniel Mechaly.
Performers: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Jon Gries, David Warshofsky, Katie Cassidy, Holly Valance, Famke Janssen.
Summary: Kim is seventeen years-old and the pride and joy of her father, the ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills. Bryan left the agency to stay near Kim in California. Kim lives with her mother Lenore and her wealthy stepfather Stuart. Kim convinces the reluctant Bryan to sign an authorization form so she can travel to Paris with her friend Amanda. When they arrive, they share a cab with a stranger named Peter. Amanda tells him that they are alone in Paris. While Bryan is on the phone with Kim, Albanese gang members break into the apartment where the girls are staying. Bryan has Kim give him a detailed description of what she sees and hears. He tells her she is about to be kidnapped. Bryan promises Kim that he will come and get her. He immediately travels to Paris to find Kim and Amanda. He has four days to find her and he uses his special skills and contacts to get her back and seek his revenge.
Audience: MPAA rating PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references and language
System Details: DVD, region 1, widescreen (2.35:1); Dolby Digital
Other Language: English, French and Spanish dialogue; English and Spanish subtitles; closed-captioned
Subject Headings: Kidnapping victims France Paris Drama Human trafficking victims France Paris Drama Gangsters France Paris Drama Fathers and daughters California Drama Revenge Drama
Genre/Form: Thrillers (Motion pictures)
Adventure films
Mystery films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Topical Term: Kidnapping victims
Human trafficking victims
Gangsters
Fathers and daughters
Revenge
Publisher No: 225535
Branch Call Number: DVD MOVIE T
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Jul 30, 2014
  • noir125 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

A couple of recent novels I read turn out to touch upon the Balkan sex slavery industry (Retribution by Adrian Magson, and The Rendition by Albert Ashforth). That once-closely-guarded-secret is best treated by the 2012 movie The Whistleblower. Taken surprised me in treating the subject at such length. Also Liam Neeson makes fabulous action thrillers about somewhat fascinating, practical protagonists (including in Taken 2 and in Non-Stop).

Apr 26, 2014
  • deadpoollover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

this movie was very good! very suspenseful!

Feb 04, 2014
  • akirakato rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

This is a 2008 action thriller that stars Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills---a former Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) operative who sets about tracking down
his daughter, 17 year-old Kim, after she is kidnapped by Albanian human traffickers for sexual slavery while traveling in France.
While talking to Bryan on the phone in the bathroom, Kim sees her girlfriend Amanda being kidnapped by intruders.
Bryan instructs Kim to go to the nearest room and hide under a bed.
He explains that when the men find her, she has to shout out their physical descriptions.
Kim is pulled out violently from under the bed, and she complies with her father's instructions before the phone is found.
Bryan warns the person over the phone that they have this one chance to release his daughter, or else he will begin hunting them down and
killing them. He's told "good luck" and the connection is terminated.
After his search in Pris, Bryan confronts the Albanians, and identifies the kidnapper on the phone as Marko (Arben Bajraktaraj), who talked to Bryan before.
Bryan identifies Marko because he remembers his voice.
In the real world, I don't think this is possible.
You can judge it for yourself.
In any case, it is such a mind-boggling and fascinating thriller that the film has garnered a huge cult following.

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Liam Neeson is a freaking unstoppable locomotive barreling down the tracks (and the Albanians). I've gotta point out that his spoiled rotten daughter, who gets WHATEVER she wants, caused all this hell. She manipulates Daddy's written consent out of him, to go to Paris, (and elsewhere), against his better judgment. With his nasty ex-wife as her teammate, (needling him: "Don't smother her Bryan!"), she just turns on the tears and pouts. So of course, little miss naïve and her ditzy sidekick get their prepaid European vacation. "Uh-oh! Bad foreign guy Daddy! Boo hoo! Save me! Save me!" He handles this unnecessary nightmare with grace, with diligence, and with justly due unrelenting deadly force. I mean, he did give 'Marko' an option... FIVE STARS.

Aug 09, 2013
  • NaomiFisher rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

This movie was a phenomenal action movie about a Father trying to rescue is daughter from her abudcters , and going to the extreme for her during this heart felt action movie.

Jul 01, 2013
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My husband and I LOVE this movie. Liam Neeson is a wonderful actor and is very convincing. Frankly, I would also kill to get my daughter back! If anyone would hurt her, I'd go to the end of the world to get back at them! Way to go, Neeson! (The girls act just like girls their age act all over the world, nothing more, nothing less.)

Jun 27, 2013
  • Janice21383 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The action film that answers the question: do real men scrapbook? In France, apparently, they're either running out of women, or they have a desire for rich, pouty Americans. So, a couple of them are kidnapped for what used to be called The White Slave Trade, and the police aren't called for reasons that escape me. Liam Neeson makes a plausible rescuer/dad, but otherwise the standard of acting is wretched. For example, the two young kidnapees jump up and down, to indicate their youthful exuberance.

Jun 11, 2013
  • neonkc rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

very good

May 01, 2013
  • RobertLR rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Liam Neeson, who is an underrated performer, does a bangup job here if you like the good guy playing Superman. The French Police are on the take and Liam makes the bribing crooked gypsy Albanians pay. The daughter is spoiled but the stepfather has money to burn so that's the way it is here on the planet. Has some shots of Paris which has always appealed to me.

Dec 17, 2012
  • AuntJane rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Great movie - action packed and good story line.

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Jun 30, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

EuSei thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

bdls206 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

A former spy relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been forced into the slave trade.

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Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Violence: This title contains Violence.

Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bryan (to Marko): "You don't remember me? We spoke on the phone two days ago. I told you I would find you." - See more at: http://bpl.bibliocommons.com/item/show/3583666075#sthash.UAwrz22O.dpuf

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Saint Clair: "Please understand... it was all business. It wasn't personal." Bryan: "It was all personal to me." (unloads gun into Saint Clair)

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bryan (to Marko, while preparing him for torture): "You know, we used to outsource this kind of thing. But what we found was the countries we outsourced to had unreliable power grids. Very Third World. You'd turn on a switch -- power wouldn't come on, and then tempers would get short. People would resort to pulling fingernails. Acid drips on bare skin. The whole exercise would become counterproductive. But here, the power's stable. Here, there's a nice even flow. Here, you can flip a switch and the power stays on all day. Where is she?"

Aug 24, 2013
  • Monolith rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bryan (after electrocuting Marko): "You either give me what I need or this switch will stay on until they turn the power off for lack of payment on the bill."

Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Bryan: I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.
Marko: [after a long pause] Good luck.

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Jun 30, 2012
  • EuSei rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

What being a real man means!

One of the best scenes of the movie

Apr 07, 2011
  • bdls206 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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