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Movie Review: Taken

Alternate Title: Father Knows Best

Story: Daddy retires early from the CIA to get closer to his 17 year old daughter who barely knows him. Daughter lives an idyllic life in LA with her mother and her Uber-rich step dad (she gets a horse for her birthday). Daughter gets kidnapped by sex traffickers on a trip to Paris with a girl friend. Daddy gets really pissed. The rest of this action-thriller is all about revenge. Getting his daughter back safe and sound is the goal. Fasten your seat belts.

Director Pierre Morel sets the speed to fast forward and takes us on a wild ride through Paris. The script, as sparse as it is, was written by Luc Besson and Robert Mark Kamen. A film that is heavy on action really does not require much dialogue. We get to know enough about the characters to either cheer for them or boo at them. Bottom line is this: Albanians, bad - avenging Dads, good.

If you are a fan of action thrillers, with decent production values you will enjoy this film. Everyone else should take a walk.

Watch the trailer here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvUxdQ4q-Lg

Acting: Liam Neeson as Dad, does a fine job of making us believe he means business. Maggie Grace as daughter Kim, was too old for the part and seriously annoying. Famke Janssen as the mother does not have much to do but hand wring.

Trivia: Irish-born Liam Neeson worked as a forklift operator for Guinness, truck driver, assistant architect and an amateur boxer (where he got his nose broken). He has dated actresses Helen Mirren, Julia Roberts, Brooke Shields, Barbra Streisand and singer Sinéad O'Connor and is now married to Natasha Richardson. Model turned actress Framke Janssen speaks Dutch, German, English, and French. She has a Boston Terrier named Licorice and is a Vegetarian.

Predilection: I like Liam Neeson despite his views about horse drawn carriages in NYC.

Critters: None

Food: A bbq with steak and red wine.

Sex Spectrum: The film is about sex trafficking but other than some bare skin there is no sex.

Soundtrack: Loud

Opening Titles: Other than the title of the film all credits are at the end.

Theater Audience: About 30 other action fans.

Weather: The weather in Paris was perfect for revenge.

Squirm Scale: 0

Drift Factor: 0

Predictability Level: High

Tissue Usage: 0

Oscar Worthy: No

Big Screen or Rental: Either would be fine. Liam Neeson has had a varied film career. Here are some of my favorite films of his: Kinsey, Gangs of New York ,K-19: The Widowmaker, Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace, Les Misérables, Michael Collins , Before and After Rob Roy, Schindler's List, Ethan Frome,Darkman, The Good Mother, Excalibur

Length: 90 action packed minutes