Sunday, 6 March 2011

Taken (2008) - Pierre Morel

"Now is not the time for dick measuring..."

Because against Liam Neeson, you're bound to lose.

Taken is basically a film about a father-daughter relationship.  How does he prove his love?  By saving her from human traffickers, kicking ass and taking names.  The narrative sits somewhere between believability (female prositution being a disturbing, yet very real, problem) and silliness - with Neeson as your crime fighting "preventor" dad, you know there'll be a positive ending.  The subject matter is pretty terrifying, but it takes a backseat to the fast paced, frenetic action sequences that steal the bulk of the screen time.  The script is unintentionally comical at times - the above quote is just one of many gems spouted from Neeson's mouth.  Sure, the film isn't going to win any Oscars, but it's an exciting thriller nonetheless.

At the least, it's confirmed Liam Neeson as celebrity father of choice.