|Directed by:||Pierre Morel|
|Written by:||Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen|
|Cast:||Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen|
Taken is a film I was very much looking forward to, mainly because of the ultra cool looking trailer, Liam Neeson looking like a bad ass, and an intriguing looking story revolving around a kidnapping, revenge and justice. I’m glad to report that Taken is a lot of fun, with a few things sticking out the most as reasons for the film succeeding overall, one being Mr. Liam Neeson. Neeson, to me, is one of those guys who doesn’t look all the scary on the surface, but impresses me when he is given a role like this because I just don’t see him as the action hero type. Same thing occurred to me in Batman Begins. Neeson is ultra cool here, with enough slick moves and plenty of acting chops to pull this off without a hitch. Another high point in the film is the action, which for an hour or so is pretty darn fast paced and non-stop. Neeson’s character is essentially a one-man army who doesn’t stop to rest, and is motivated by his daughter’s safety and quick return, and because of this, and the fairly quick 90 minute runtime, we get Neeson going non-stop and balls to the walls. The story is also one that I found to very flawed, but ultimately a very cool idea. A Dad with tons of experience killing dudes for a living who is forced to find his daughter in an incredibly impossible scenario! Count me...[more]...