So, I’m not really chick flick type of girl. I like action, suspense, and mystery. The trailer for the movie, Taken, had me charged. Every time the trailer would come on, I would say I HAVE TO SEE THAT MOVIE.
After watching it, the movie did not disappoint. The beginning of the movie appeals to woman in a way that will help us understand why Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) would go to such extremes to find his kidnapped daughter. Estranged from her from years, he recently retired from his CIA job, which had kept him away from home for years at a time. Reluctantly, he allows his 17 year old daughter to travel to Europe with a friend. (Seriously, though, who in their right mind would allow a 17 year old to travel internationally?)
Arriving in Paris, the two teenagers act very immature with no regard for stranger danger. Within just a few minutes of arriving at their destination, they are abducted. Relying on his special skills from his time in the CIA, Neeson tracks down her Albanian sex trafficker abductors. Neeson IS the movie. Wheras, a lessor action star with no acting skills would make this movie seem cheesy due to some of the absurdities in the plot line, Neeson gives credibility to the role.
This movie is not for the faint hearted and while I like to watch action, there were times when I cringed and had to close my eyes. Most of the movie was set and filmed in Paris, France, I felt engaged in this movie and on the edge of my seat the whole time. While some of the plotlines are far fetched, overall I left this movie entertained and strengthened my belief that you can’t trust teenagers!
With the violence in the movie, I do not recommend this movie for children.