Director: Pierre Morel
Writers: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen
Staring: Liam Neeson, Maggie Grace, Famke Janssen
Streaming: Amazon Rental
Release Date: January 30, 2009

I mean, Taken rocks. If you don’t think so, then you can politely get the hell out.

Getting to watch this with my girlfriend (who had never seen it before), was a great experience. Her best observation is that Bryan Mills’ (Liam Neeson) best move is the karate chop to the neck. No joke, he must do it at last half a dozen times. Just non-stop HI-YA!

Somehow Taken stands the test of time. Maybe it is how fast it moves, or maybe it’s the downright great performance from Neeson. Is it how it was a hit after nobody really expected it? Did the horrendous sequels help people remember how good this original was?

While watching Taken this time around, I couldn’t help but think how the movie universe might be different if this franchise took the John Wick road with successful sequels? Neeson was in five movies in 2020 after Taken and he did have a bit of a quality streak in the early parts of the 2010s.

The last two Neeson movies I have seen that I have positive memories of is Widows (2018) and Cold Pursuit (2019).

With that being said, I will have nothing but fond memories of Taken.

Stanko Rating: B+ (4.0/5 Stars)

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