Movie Review

Taken (2009)

MPAA Rating: R
Taken | Locked and Loaded Liam Neeson takes aim in Taken
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Locked and Loaded Liam Neeson takes aim in Taken

Details Release Date: Jan 30, 2009; Rated: R; Length: 93 Minutes; Genre: Mystery and Thriller; With: Maggie Grace and Liam Neeson

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 Jan 29, 2009 Published in issue #1034 Feb 13, 2009 Order article reprints

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