Neeson is an actor of considerable gravitas, and it's downright puzzling why this is his first meaty role in a mainstream film since Batman Begins. While he's well cast as an unstoppable father who could -- and would -- do serious damage to anyone in order to save his daughter, he's just too good for this revenge flick. And Grace, who's actually 25, plays Kim as way too immature (she even affects the awkward run of an uncoordinated 8-year-old girl). No wonder she was such an easy mark.
Still, this thriller could be used as a cautionary tale for trusting high school girls traveling abroad. Kim and Amanda disclose so much information to a complete stranger -- even sharing a cab with him -- that it's eye-rollingly infuriating. Perhaps French director Pierre Morel thinks wealthy L.A. teens would act this way, but it's hard to swallow. But even harder to believe is that a CIA-trained specialist would kill seemingly everyone (and that's no exaggeration) he meets without saving anyone other than his daughter. Morel shows dozens of women enslaved for their bodies, but in the end audiences are supposed to just forget about them and cheer for Kim? That's quite disturbing.
Essay on Review and Analysis of the Movie Taken
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Captivating, suspenseful, riveting, exhilarating are only a few of the words that I would use to describe the movie Taken. If you desire a high dose of adrenaline to quench your movie watching thirst, and if you are ready to take a super-charged ride to the action filled city of Paris, France, then this is a must see movie for you. Taken, not for the faint of heart, will keep you on the edge of your seat for the entire ninety-one minutes. Be prepared to have the popcorn container pried from your hand when the credits start to roll on this high energy thriller. Taken premiered in France on February 27, 2008, with releases in the United Kingdom and United States following on September 26, 2008 and January 30, 2009, respectively.…show more content…
Peter informs his colleagues of the address where the girls are staying, and before long Kim is watching as her friend Amanda gets kidnapped by some men, while Kim is on the phone with her father. Bryan informs his daughter that she will also be taken and gives her some instructions to follow that will later help him find the people that kidnapped them. One of the kidnappers listens to a message from Bryan before smashing the phone. Bryan makes a recording of the call and has it analyzed by a friend at the CIA, who determines the kidnappers are in the Albanian mafia and are dealing largely in sex slaves. Bryan immediately heads to Paris on a quest to retrieve his daughter. After finding Peter and following other leads along the way, he is led to a brothel at a construction site where he finds a girl in possession of his daughter’s jacket. After rescuing the girl, the next day she gives him information on the whereabouts of Kim and Amanda. The information leads him to the Albanians and he disposes of them like yesterday’s garbage. The ring leader is forced to talk when he is placed in a home-made electric chair. He reveals that Kim had been sold to a man so Bryan heads out on a mission to find this man. After learning where Kim has been taken, Bryan is knocked unconscious and held prisoner. He escapes just in time to kill the man that is the head of the sex slave