Taken Movie Review
Taken is just a silly movie with even the credibility of Liam Neeson not being able to elevate this movie. Maggie Grace as his Taken daughter couldn't be anymore annoying. And the action is only mediocre.
Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) used to work for the government. He lost his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) in the process because of his workaholic schedule. He is now retired and trying to build a relationship with his daughter. When she asks to go to Europe for the summer, he is hesitant because of his history with government work. But he eventually gives in. When she is taken he uses his skills to get her back.
This movie could have been made as a TV movie of the week with a lesser known cast and some of the action toned down. Its just not big screen material. Its predictable and the ending couldn't be any cheesier. Liam Neeson is fine as the man on a mission to save his daughter. He is believable and identifiable. Too bad nobody else is. Maggie Grace is whiny and overly childish. Famke Janssen is trying her best to be the hard, jilted ex-wife. France definitely changes the scenery for the better. There are some good chase scenes. The one towards the end is the best. But it borders on the questionable. You know he is supposed to be a one man wrecking crew but there are still limits.
A more believable story and a supporting cast that doesn't irritate would have elevated this movie to above average as opposed to a forgettable film.
Taken has an ordinary, predictable story with okay action sequences. Go watch a Jason Bourne movie instead.