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France, United States · 2008
Rated PG-13 · 1h 34m
Director Pierre Morel
Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Famke Janssen
Genre Action, Thriller

While vacationing with a friend in Paris, an American girl is kidnapped by a gang of human traffickers. 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.

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Ting Shing Koh Profile picture for Ting Shing Koh

A classic thriller that leaves you at the edge of your seat throughout the film. Liam Neeson's creates a character different from the spies and special agents we have seen before. His unique charm and cleverness carries the whole movie as you can't take your eyes off of him in action.

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L.A. Weekly by

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.


The New Yorker by 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."


Variety by Derek Elley

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


ReelViews by 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.


Chicago Sun-Times by 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.


The A.V. Club by Scott Tobias

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

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