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Crime . Thriller . Action

While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers intent on selling her into forced prostitution. Working against the clock, her ex-spy father must pull out all the stops to save her. But with his best years possibly behind him, the job may be more than he can handle.

Actors: Maggie Grace , Famke Janssen , Liam Neeson , Camille Japy , Jon Gries , Leland Orser , Olivier Rabourdin , Xander Berkeley , Holly Valance , Katie Cassidy
Directors: Pierre Morel
Country: FRANCE
Release: 2009-01-30
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  • Patrick Parker

    The beginning is a little slow, but after Neeson starts his hunt and does his best wrath-of-God impression, it doesn’t skip a beat.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Josh Rosenblatt

    Taken moves so fast and with such single-minded, vindictive energy, there's no time for moral ambivalence.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Christopher Borrelli

    There is no mythology, no irony, no real soul--just a Charles Bronson simplicity about the whole affair.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Steven Rea

    There's a xenophobic element to Taken's premise, to be sure - the idea that travel, even to Western Europe, isn't safe for Americans, and that foreigners (Albanians, Arabs) are by nature shifty and sinister.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Rene Rodriguez

    Taken is nonsense, but it's terrifically entertaining nonsense.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    I won't tell you Taken is great, but it's great fun.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Dan Kois

    A satisfying thriller as grimly professional as its efficient hero.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    The delirious and sometimes nasty little pleasures that Taken offers don't hinge as much on surprise as they do on the action (which is crisp and fast, with a minimum of computer enhancement) and on the story's unabashedly sentimental underpinnings. Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Taken--in the hands of director Pierre Morel (District B13), with Neeson in nearly every shot--works like gangbusters. The Frenchies have made the filet mignon of meathead vigilante movies.

    New York Magazine (Vulture) Full Review
  • Travis Nichols

    Accomplished if misguided thriller.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    If you find the film's xenophobic undercurrents distasteful, take solace in this: Taken was co-written and directed by the Frenchmen responsible for "District B13," so at least the xenophobia is imported.

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    If there are any "24" fans who have wondered what the TV series might be like if Liam Neeson replaced Kiefer Sutherland, Taken provides an opportunity to have that question answered.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    Taken shows Mills as a one-man rescue squad, a master of every skill, a laser-eyed, sharpshooting, pursuit-driving, pocket-picking, impersonating, knife-fighting, torturing, karate-fighting killing machine who can cleverly turn over a petrol tank with one pass in his car and strategically ignite it with another.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Claudia Puig

    Taken does have a few things going for it. At the top of that short list is Liam Neeson in the starring role.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Jeremy Wheeler

    Not one to overstay its welcome, this suspenseful tale is an economic exercise in delivering the goods for those who are interested in a two-fisted Liam Neeson vehicle to soak up, bask in, and then leave behind as soon as it's over.

    TV Guide Magazine Full Review
  • Derek Elley

    Neeson growls his way through the functional dialogue as an unstoppable killing machine in impressive, cold-eyed style.

    Variety Full Review
  • Kenneth Turan

    A brisk and violent action programmer that can't help being unintentionally silly at times.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Scott Mendelson

    In the post-Columbine age, far too many cops' partners have gone un-murdered. And too many unsuspecting daughters have freely traveled abroad, unmolested by foreign fiends. Leave it to the French to give Americans what we didn't realize we were missing.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Owen Gleiberman

    Propulsively outandish thriller.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Bernard Besserglik

    Might do good business at home and abroad among audiences unconcerned with the finer points of characterization or psychological insight.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Tim Grierson

    Neeson's tormented weariness lends an air of dignity to the film's pulpy, grubby nastiness, but as striking as he is in action-hero mode, the truth is that Taken doesn't need dignity.

    L.A. Weekly Full Review
  • Scott Tobias

    Taken's subject matter is too serious for an escapist chop-socky movie, and the sleazy, exploitative tone undercuts the thrills.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Anthony Lane

    You do wonder how this commanding actor (Neeson)--who carries so much more conviction than the plot--felt about delivering the line "I'll tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to."

    The New Yorker Full Review
  • Joe Neumaier

    Neeson's better than this. You can't watch him here without thinking, Geez, every fight-choreography session could have funded "Love, Actually." This bash-the-door-down action scene likely took as long to film as "Kinsey." That gunfight required more stunts than all of "Schindler's List."

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Richard Corliss

    The film promises so much more than it delivers that, by the end, I felt like registering a complaint with the Obama Administration's Consumer Protection squad.

    Time Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    This film isn't an enjoyable martial-arts extravaganza like "District B-13" or the "Transporter" films.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Manohla Dargis

    Taken starts in low gear and almost immediately stalls out.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Andrea Gronvall

    Cowriters Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen (Gladiator) saddle Neeson with indigestible dialogue and preposterous situations.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    Taken? You bet.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Staff (Not credited)

    Don't be taken in by Taken.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    A Liam Neeson thriller so lacking in ambition they should have called it "Paycheck."

    New York Post Full Review
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