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Taken

Year: 2008
Production Co: Europa Corp
Director: Pierre Morel
Producer: Robert Mark Kamen
Writer: Luc Besson
Cast: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace

Because of his involvement with films like Kinsey and Steven Spielberg's upcoming Abraham Lincoln biopic, Liam Neeson has an air of thespian credibility that films like The Phantom Menace and The Chronicles of Narnia make you realise may not be entirely warranted. He just never seems to belong in studio tosh, and tosh this Luc Besson-produced revenge drama is.

That's not to say it's bad. It's frenetic, action packed and satisfying. Neeson just never seems entirely comfortable as Bryan, a retired spook and one man army who goes to Paris to track down his pretty daughter after she manages to get herself kidnapped by a sex trafficking cabal when she's barely stepped off the plane.

It's part detective/chase story and part Man On Fire style bloody revenge story as Bryan follows in her footsteps and blasts his way through the hierarchies of thugs who've taken her.

He uses his unique skills but more interestingly a willingness to go hard or soft according to the situation to get what he wants. It's that single element that puts the film a cut above most action films, but the bloodthirsty revenge and large number of killings will satisfy traditional action fans too.

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