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Taken Movie Review

- 30 March 2009, 08:03

Starring Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser, Anjul Nigam, Jon Gries

by Karel Murray

A quick recap without giving away the conclusion, Liam Neeson portrays Bryan Mills who has “retired” from being a government operative in order to build a better relationship with his daughter.  You can’t help but empathize immediately with Liam’s character and start rooting for him emotionally at the very start of movie.  Holding him back from really establishing a parental bond is his ex wife and his uncompromising view of how the world’s harsh reality can destroy a life.  Even as Liam’s character is cajoled into allowing his daughter to go unescorted to Paris, we, the audience members, want to shout at the kid to listen to her father.

But of course, we don’t.

My husband and I couldn’t help but become emotionally invested in his frantic search to locate his kidnapped daughter within the critical 96 hour window before she would be  sold off as a sex slave.  The father’s intensity, desperation and extreme focus continues to mount and we are exuberant when the next lead provides a vital clue.

It has been a long time since I’ve been so  totally engaged in a movie that I was disappointed when it ended.  Where is a guy like Liam Neeson when you need him?

Maybe right around the corner.  Awesome.

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