Thursday, 15 December 2011


I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. 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.

I have had Taken sitting on my “watch” pile for so long that my rental company have begun sending me emails to ask if I have lost it. I guess it was time to watch it.

Taken is a great little action film of the type I thought we were losing. yes it suffers from some of the modern cinema crimes of jerky cam and even some (spit) lens flare but underneath it a a nice solid revenge thriller.

Liam Neesan is brilliantly intense as a Father searching the Albanian underworld for his Kidnapped daughter, adding a real dark edge is the fact that this isn't “money” kidnapping. Oh no this is “sell the pretty American teenagers for sex slavery” trade. Not only does Liams “Bryan” need to get his child back but he is in a race to do it before she is “sullied”. vlcsnap-2011-12-15-11h55m00s65

There are plot holes and moments requiring a fair amount of belief suspension but I am not going to dwell on these as overall the film supersedes these by being thoroughly gripping. All the more disturbing is that the white slave trade does exist and sex slavery and forced prostitution are all too real. So the film even has a message. Who’d have thought it!

Taken is well worth a watch.

Paul Out….

PS: So gripping I actually only managed to remember 2 screenshots for the review.I guess I had better fire up the disc again!vlcsnap-2011-12-15-11h55m31s121

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