Feb 5, 2011

Taken Review

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Ex-CIA agent Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) doesn't really want his daughter going on a trip with her friend to Paris, but Mills' ex-wife who married into millions already gave it the okay. Well the daughter and her friend get kidnapped and sold into sex trafficking, but Mills has just the amount of clues needed to hunt the traffickers down.

Shoot-outs and a single car chase aside (there are actually kind of two or three car chases, but I'm referencing only one), I loved the action in this film. In all of the hand-to-hand combats and whenever Mills has a gun without bullets flying EVERYWHERE, he's performing a different kind of action than normally seen. I was afraid I'd be watching this film and see him throw daggers from miles away and lift people over his head, or punch them through walls. Rather than fight hard, Mills fights smart and uses primarily strikes to the joints and weak points of the body. Everything he does in the movie makes me think he's not just a destructive force, he's got a brain behind his very particular set of skills.

I was kind of let down by the lack of depth a lot of the other characters beside Bryan Mills were given however. The film should have been given another 20 minutes to give each underworld boss or even Mills' family some sort of distinguishable personality.

My Highlights:
The final seen with the Arab sheik, as well as all hand-to-hand combat scenes.

Overall Rating:
Every few years, a great revenge film hits the market. Death Wish, Kill Bill, V for Vendetta, The Punisher, and now Taken. It's not a perfect film, and it's not for everybody. It has it's flaws, but it also has some truly original moments that make it stand out and make you feel something. My final score is 4 *'s out of 5 *'s, or 8 *'s out of 10 *'s.

When You Should See It:
It definitely deserves a place on your rental queue. It may not be worthy of being at the top of your queue other some other action classics, but the longer you wait to see this the more left out you are.

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