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Taken [2008] (1 disc)

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Director:Pierre Morel
Writer:Luc Besson
Robert Mark Kamen
Composer:Nathaniel Méchaly
Length:92 minutes
(1 hour 32 minutes)
MPAA Rating:PG-13
Sorting Category:Action
IMDB Rating:7.9/10
Rotten Tomatoes Rating:58%
Amazon Rating:4.5/5 stars
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Synopsis: A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.


Reaction: Great movie and compelling action. Very solid.


Personal Rating: 7/10

Select Cast and Crew
Pierre Morel => Director
Luc Besson => Writer
Robert Mark Kamen => Writer
Nathaniel Méchaly => Composer
Anca Radici => Ingrid
Arben Bajraktaraj => Marko
Camille Japy => Isabelle
David Warshofsky => Bernie
Famke Janssen => Lenore
Gérard Watkins => St-Clair
Helena Soubeyrand => Girl with the Jacket (as Héléna Soubeyrand)
Holly Valance => Sheerah
Jon Gries => Casey
Katie Cassidy => Amanda
Leland Orser => Sam
Liam Neeson => Bryan Mills
Maggie Grace => Kim
Mathieu Busson => Undercover Agent
Michel Flash => Gio
Nabil Massad => Sheik Raman
Nicolas Giraud => Peter
Olivier Rabourdin => Jean-Claude
Radivoje Bukvic => Anton (as Rasha Bukvic)
Rubens Hyka => Leka
Xander Berkeley => Stuart

Random Trivia For This Title:

  • According to Liam Neeson, he agreed to take this role because he believed that the film was going to be a straight-to-DVD release.
  • Former Special Air Service (SAS) soldier [?] Mick Gould trained Liam Neeson in combatives and weapons handling skills to prepare him for the role.
  • Near the end, Bryan jumps off of the "Pont des Arts," a pedestrian-only bridge in Paris. In the scene, the bridge is desolate, whereas most nights people flock there to socialize, drink wine, and play the guitar.
  • Before any action takes place, Bryan already has scratches to the left side of his face, hinting at his "spare time" activities.
  • The singer's name in the movie is Sheerah. In Hebrew, shirah is the feminine form of the word meaning "sing".
  • The martial art style used by Liam Neeson is Nagasu Do. It's a hybrid martial art style that borrows from Judo, Aikido and Ju Jitsu.
  • The curved knife used in the final fight is a karambit. It's an Indonesian /Malaysian weapon and the finger hole in the handle makes it very difficult to disarm, which was evident in the fight scene.
  • Doing this film propelled Famke Janssen to take action in the real fight against corruption. She now serves as the Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime.
  • In the film, Katie Cassidy's character (Amanda) is 19 years old and Maggie Grace's character (Kim) is 17 years old. In real life, Maggie is 3 years older than Katie.
  • Over the course of the movie, Bryan kills 35 people in order to get to his daughter.
  • All of Liam Neeson's character's ex-agency friends were played by actors who had previous roles in 'spy' or 'cop thriller' television shows and movies - Jon Gries played a major role in [The Pretender], Leland Orser was in both [The Pretender] and [24], and David Warshofsky has appeared in minor roles in numerous similar shows.