Taken Review

February 10, 2009 at 5:34 pm (Movies)

Note to Self-NEVER kidnap Liam Neeson’s daughter. This among many other lessons-Never allows the villain to give a long speech, look both ways before crossing the street, and most importantly, DON’T wish Liam Neeson good luck on kicking your tail. Taken has a pretty simple story. You can figure it all out, all that happens in the movie, just by watching the trailer. Neeson’s daughter gets kidnapped, Neeson goes and brutally murders every last one of them. That’s pretty much all you need to know to thoroughly enjoy this movie. That’s one of the best things about this movie, how wonderfully simple the plot is. There’s no government agency, no terrorists, just one man beating the living snot out of everyone so he can get his daughter back, and in that way, it’s almost really creative. The film’s main honcho, in case you didn’t know is Liam Neeson, a.k.a. Ras Al Ghul, a.k.a. Aslan. His powerful voice carries over every scene. I had trouble not laughing during the first few melancholy scenes where Neeson’s character was just being a normal guy saying normal things-“Hello my daughter”, “I hope you enjoy your karaoke machine, I bought it myself”. After seeing the movie I’m convinced he could match wits vocally with the likes of Morgan Freeman and James Earl Jones. The movie also, of course carries its weight in brutal action scenes. If you’ve watched any of the more new and modern Bond movies or any of the installments in the Bourne series, you’re familiar with the style of action: Quick, brutal, and breathless. Thecamera is constantly switching angles (which was mildly annoying) just to keep up with all the quick jabs, swift kicks, and judo chops, all delivered from Neeson to his daughter’s captors. The storyline is very dark for this genre of movie compared to movies like the Die Hard series. Neeson’s getting in deep, infiltrating high political conspiracies, sex scandals, and prostitution rings. In other words, don’t take the kids to this one. The story goes very well with the brutal grittiness of the violence. If you’re a fan of movies like Live Free or Die Hard, 007: Quantum of Solace, or any of Liam Neeson’s past work, there’s no reason for you NOT to see this. If you’re any fan of the action genre, this is a dream Saturday night. Taken is a perfect thrill ride with no stops. If you’re on a date, dump your girlfriend in whatever chick flick Florence is playing, if you’re a girl and wanna see this, call me. With plenty of brutal action to have you and your friends talking for days, the style of a Bond movie, and at a perfect compact time of 1 ½ hours, this movie packs plenty of punch for the hungry action junkie during a month of harsh cold.  

5 out of 5



  1. The Cinema Hub said,

    It was really good…great performance from the entire cast!

  2. earlman27 said,

    It was better than I thought it’d be. It takes a totally bland concept and makes it incredibly exciting.

  3. nolanator said,

    My parents said it was really good. I’ve never seen it.

  4. dragonshensi said,

    Awesome movie!

  5. earlman27 said,

    It’s a ton of fun.

  6. Mobeen said,

    hmm Cool

  7. nolanator said,

    I would like to see this movie.

  8. ZootEmEdy said,

    Excellent site earlsblog.wordpress.com and I am really pleased to see you have what I am actually looking for here: this .. as it’s taken me literally 3 hours and 05 minutes of searching the web to find you (just kidding!) so I shall be pleased to become a regular visitor 🙂

  9. earlman27 said,

    Well thanks man. I could always use more regular visitors. You can expect some top ten lists, some editorials, and my Watchmen review coming up this weekend.

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