FRIDAY NIGHT MOVIE REVIEW: “If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.” “Taken” stars Liam Neeson (Non-Stop, Run All Night), Maggie Grace (Lost [TV series], Knight and Day), Famke Janssen (X-Men, GoldenEye), Olivier Rabourdin (Of Gods and Men, Midnight in Paris), Holly Valance (Neighbours [TV series], Pledge This!), Xander Berkeley (24 [TV series], Terminator 2: Judgment Day), Leland Orser (Se7en, Independence Day), and Jon Gries (Napoleon Dynamite, Men in Black). It is directed by Pierre Morel (The Gunman , District B13). Bryan Mills (Neeson) is an ex-CIA agent who retired to be closer to his daughter Kim (Grace) in California. He only wants to get to know his daughter more and be a part of her life in a bigger way seeing as how his marriage with his wife Lenore (Janssen) fell apart and how she is now married to a rich man named Stuart (Berkeley) who is hard to compete with. One day, Kim wants to go on a trip to Paris to visit museums and site-see with her friend Sheerah (Valance). Since she is only seventeen, she needs consent from Bryan to go on the trip. At first Bryan doesn’t want her to go alone with only her friend for it may be dangerous, but then comes around to it after seeing it as a stepping stone of getting closer to Kim. Unfortunately for Bryan, he was right, and his daughter ends up getting kidnapped in Paris, leaving Bryan to find her before it is too late.
I have been awaiting to see this movie. I heard quite a bit about it, and after reading the reviews, it seemed like a fun movie to watched. After recently watching it, I agree with the reviews. The story to this is really thrilling and awesome at the same time. I have seen Liam Neeson in some action movies, but this has to be his best. With an outline that is pretty simple (daughter gets kidnapped, have to save her, yadda, yadda, yadda), this movie delves into it fantastically, keeping my attention all the time. The acting is great in this too and the character development is great work because I can really feel for these characters and the reality of the situation. Of course, Liam Neeson’s character Bryan can’t be taken down being an ex-CIA agent, but you still feel worried for him when he is fighting because in some places he does get a beating. Speaking of beating, the action scenes in this film are amazing, with car chases and shootouts that will keep you on the edge of your seat. It is a fast-paced movie when it gets to these points, and I feared that because of that the camera shots will roll by too fast where I won’t be able to follow, but they pulled it off nicely. I would say that when it comes to cons, the first that comes to mind is the absence of the police. They have this one character, Jean-Claude (Rabourdin), who is a French Intelligence worker, and he tries to get people to stop him, but that is really just one scene. Bryan damages Paris in spots and to see how there are really no police looking for him is really unrealistic. I think if they added to police, it would’ve added another conflict that would have made this story more thrilling and good. The last con I have with this movie is that there was an action scene at the end of this movie where it was very tricky to the eyes. Not like it was hard to see, I just mean when they had two people come in with guns and blasted Bryan, he looked like he got shot a lot, but came out with only one bullet in him. It’s things like that that can get at me, mainly for how it could’ve been executed better to make it seem less cliché. Other than those two cons, I really enjoyed this movie and I recommend anyone to see this movie sometime in their lifetime because I believe they will really like it! FINAL SCORE: 91%= Juicy Popcorn
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