• Publication date: August 1, 2011

He has 4 Days to Defeat an Unknown Enemy Taken: Kill First, Ask Questions Later

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a semi-retired CIA agent disheartened by divorce and the subsequent loss of his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). With Kim's seventeenth birthday party soon approaching, dad attempts to locate the perfect gift. Knowing that his daughter is an aspiring singer, he purchases her a fancy karaoke machine.

Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) is a semi-retired CIA agent disheartened by divorce and the subsequent loss of his daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). With Kim's seventeenth birthday party soon approaching, dad attempts to locate the perfect gift. Knowing that his daughter is an aspiring singer, he purchases her a fancy karaoke machine.

At the party Kim adores her new present; despite that, ex-wife Lenore (Famke Janssen) ridicules his decision. Meanwhile, Lenore's affluent new husband, Stuart (Xander Berkeley) unveils every teenage girl's dream gift: a beautiful riding horse. Dad returns home, solemnly, to drink some brews with his CIA pal, Sam (Leland Orser).

Like Bryan, Sam is slowly leaving the agency. When he feels nostalgic of spy life, Sam works as a celebrity security guard, and invites Bryan along for his latest assignment: protecting a fictional pop diva named Sheerah (Holly Valance). At the performer's concert a deranged man attempts to attack Sheerah with a knife, though Mills rescues her from certain injury, or perhaps even death.

To thank Mills for his act of courage, Sheerah offers to connect Kim with a top vocal trainer and manager � assuming that she has the chops. Finally, he has a chance to put Stuart to shame and schedules lunch with Kim the following day. Before Bryan is able to reveal his surprise, however, the seventeen year old waves a permission slip in his face. She wants to visit France alongside her girlfriend, Amanda (Katie Cassidy) and plans to stay with the latter's relatives.

Aware of how dangerous international travel can be for a teenager, Mills is reluctant to sign the form. Kim begins to storm off angrily, but he stops her realizing that Lenore had already given her approval. Bryan suspects that his ex-wife was manipulating the situation, hoping that he would refuse in an attempt to demonize him. Unwilling to give her mother this satisfaction, he signs the paper with the condition that Kim calls him before bedtime each day.

Kim does call dad shortly after arriving in Paris, though under less than ideal conditions. Four strange men have entered the girls' accommodations, and Amanda has already been beaten as the other goons search for their second victim. Mills gives his daughter clear instructions, but realizes her capture is inevitable. With only a garbled tape recording of Kim's kidnappers speaking, he deduces that they are members of the Albanian Mafia, intent upon selling his daughter into the sex trade. He must head to Europe and save Kim within 96 hours, or else never see her again.

Taken was an enormous success both in America and overseas, earning a grand total of $226 million internationally. The film earned an additional $62 million after release on DVD and Blu-ray. A sequel is currently in development.

Year: 2008

Duration: 93 minutes

Genre: Action, Crime, Drama, Thriller

Starring:

Liam Neeson

Famke Janssen

Maggie Grace

Xander Berkeley

Holly Valance

Katie Cassidy

Director: Pierre Morel

Rating: Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence, disturbing thematic material, sexual content, some drug references, and explicit language.