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TakenIn the propulsively outlandish thriller Taken (it's like Paul Schrader's 1979 Hardcore with no brain and more muscle), TakenMystery and ThrillerPT93MRIn the propulsively outlandish thriller Taken (it's like Paul Schrader's 1979 Hardcore with no brain and more muscle), 2009-01-29Famke Janssen
Taken

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C+

Taken

Genre: Mystery and Thriller; Starring: Maggie Grace, Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen; Director: Pierre Morel; Author: Luc Besson, Robert Mark Kamen; Release Date Wide: 01/30/2009; Runtime (in minutes): 93; MPAA Rating: R

In the propulsively outlandish thriller Taken (it’s like Paul Schrader’s 1979 Hardcore with no brain and more muscle), Liam Neeson plays a retired CIA agent out to find his daughter, who has been abducted by an Albanian sex trafficker. Throwing knock-‘em-dead punches, Neeson — a hulk with jackknife limbs — makes Jason Bourne look like a man of tired reflexes. He pierces the underworld of sex trafficking so efficiently it’s as if he’d set out to nab Osama bin Laden…and found him in 36 hours. C+

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Originally posted January 29 2009 — 12:00 AM EST

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