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4 out of 10 Decent flick!
Dean & Steffi from Meath, 16 Oct 2009
Not a great script and the dialogue seemed really dumbed down for the American audience, but overall it was a good gripping chase movie. No messing around, straight to the action kind of flick done in the style of early Van Damme movies! Great to see Neeson doing action as he's got the perfect presence for it. And there's no messing about when he gets the bad guys either.... I could'nt keep note of the body count and actually screamed at the screen when he got his own back and yelled "Yeahhhhhhh
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2.5 out of 10 Americans are good, French are bad
John from Donegal, 13 Feb 2009
An ex Government agents daughter is taken while on a trip to France. Fairly typical action film with Neeson as the hero out to save his daughter. The plot is very simplistic, anyone bad will die horribly, and the good will be fine. I found the anti-french theme here quite disturbing and anyone who hasn't been to France will think the place is overun with criminals. The one-sided characters spoilt the film for me, but for fans of Shoot-em-ups, you'll get plenty of blood & guts.
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1.5 out of 10 Taken the p*ss
Ken from Dublin, 06 Nov 2009
Neeson with his recent facial plastic surgery on show gives an uncharacteristically wooden performance. A real pot boiler this that was a surprising box office success. Low lights include brief cuts to archive aerial footage of the Eiffel tower to signify to you the viewer that the 'action' was moving to Paris - as if the director couldn't use more subtle means. Rent this if you want some bubble gum pop, otherwise avoid.
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4 out of 10 Took Me Back
Brendan from Dublin, 16 Jun 2009
Old school action film with plenty of violence and very little plot. The story, such as it is, basically involves a young American girl being kidnapped on a trip to France with a friend. From there on in Neeson works his way through an endless supply of evil goons in an attempt to get her back. They don't make them like this anymore and if you like your action fast and violent then this is the one for you.
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4 out of 10 Much better than the storyline suggests
Patrick from Wicklow, 16 Jan 2011
This was a really great film that I might have missed had it not been for the very good reviews I read here. They were well justified. From the start this is a gripping film - very well directed, with great cinematography. A real action film but very convincing and nothing gratuitous. Displays real class in film-making that big budgets and media hype can't match.
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In Taken Liam Neeson stars as Bryan, an ex-soldier who is forced to embark on a frantic quest to rescue his daughter (Maggie Grace) after she is abducted by slave traders.

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