Taken [DVD]

Taken [DVD]

By Clint Morris

Qui Gonn-Jinn swaps a lightsaber for a spy-kit in the latest foreign financed/filmed actioner from Frenchman Luc Besson’s crowd.

I refer to Liam Neeson by his Star Wars’ character’ s name because, for all intents and purpose, the aging heartthrob is essentially giving the same performance here as he did in say, Attack of the Clones. Seems one doesn’t need a bluescreen to sprout wood.

George Lucas obviously told Neeson that “all action/adventure films – or, as some like to call them ‘popcorn’ films – merely require a ‘speak slow and sound out your words’ performance from its actors” because once again he seems to be putting more stock into the volume he uses when speaking his lines, rather than actually delivering them with credibility or passion.

Having said that, maybe this type of film doesn’t require strong performances – and for what it’s worth, nobody else in the cast – which includes Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Xander Berkely or Leland Orser has seemingly done anything other than cold read their lines five minutes before shooting their one take – because the action sequences, just as they were in Besson’s “Transporter” movies, are clearly the main attraction.

And action sequences this one has aplenty – there’s car chases, gun fights, knife fights, fist fights, electrocutions, and youngsters having to jump off bridges to escape the tall guy on their tail.

The tall guy is a former soldier (Neeson) in Paris to find his kidnapper daughter (Maggie Grace of “Lost”), snatched bby slavers on the day she arrived in the city of Lights. He’s essentially got about a day to find her – before she’s sold to some deep-pocketed foreign crook, and lost forever. With his smarts, and gun, our hero works his way through the bad guys – hoping his daughter is handcuffed to the last one on his list.

“Taken”, despite it’s lackings in the acting department (and script department for that matter – you’ve seen this story before), is a fulfilling three-course meal for hungry action-movie fans. If you can switch your brain off for a while – I find it hard; I’m constantly thinking about something, hmmm, reminds me, did I check the lotto numbers tonight? – you might even find yourself breaking a sweat watching this high-energy “Bourne Identity” meets “Transporter” profusion.

One for the crowds, not the critics.



Share this story!Share on FacebookShare on TumblrShare on StumbleUponTweet about this on TwitterEmail this to someoneShare on Google+Pin on PinterestDigg thisBuffer this pagePrint this pageShare on LinkedIn
(Visited 4 times, 4 visits today)
Click to add a comment

You must be logged in to post a comment Login

Leave a Reply


Clint is the creator, editor and maintainer of Moviehole. Loves David Lynch, David Fincher... actually, any filmmaker by the name of David.

More in Uncategorized

Jupiter Ascending

ClintFeb 12, 2015

The Rover

Editorial StaffJun 3, 2014

Come Join Us At a Private Screening of The Raid 2

Editorial StaffFeb 27, 2014

Win a family getaway thanks to Grown Ups 2

Editorial StaffJan 21, 2014

Celeste & Jesse Forever

ClintApr 30, 2013

Iron Man 3

ClintApr 24, 2013

The Iceman

Drew TurneyApr 24, 2013

The Hobbit

Drew TurneyApr 23, 2013

Gangster Squad

ClintApr 21, 2013