Becky and I went to see Taken this past weekend, after the Super Bowl, at the Kerasote theater in Castle Rock, CO. The Rotten Tomatoes movie website at Taken describes the movie as follows:
“Liam Neeson is an unstoppable force in this adrenaline-fueled thriller from director Pierre Morel. Bryan (Neeson) has taken early retirement from the CIA in order to live closer to his teenage… Liam Neeson is an unstoppable force in this adrenaline-fueled thriller from director Pierre Morel. Bryan (Neeson) has taken early retirement from the CIA in order to live closer to his teenage daughter, Kim (Maggie Grace). Bryan’s government work kept him away from Kim for much of her childhood, and he’s now trying to make up for lost time. When Kim announces that she’s taking a trip to Paris with her friend Amanda (Katie Cassidy), Bryan is apprehensive about her traveling on her own. His worst fear is soon realized, as Kim and Amanda are abducted upon their arrival in France…”
Taken has plenty of excitement and action. It’s far too violent and disturbing though. The story is captivating and pretty darn scary, given the fact that the sex trade is real and you could see the scenario that unfolds in this movie really happening. Two young girls go on vacation to Europe and the next thing you know they are kidnapped, pumped full of drugs and being sold to the highest bidder as sex toys. If they survive the drugs and the abuse.
Taken definitely shows how sick and perverse mankind really is, especially when you get into the underworld of scum. The next time you have some liberal college professor trying to brainwash your kids that people are basically good, there is no God, and that we are evolving to a higher level, just have them watch this film and ask why people in today’s “modern” world would sell other human beings for sex and profit? Doesn’t really match up with a creature that is supposed to be basically good, does it? Shouldn’t that sort of thing have gone out of style with the Roman Empire based on our 2000 years of Evolution? Guess not.
Taken does a good job of showing that men can be pretty wicked and that there are areas of society that we should avoid all together. Unfortunately, you have to wonder why we don’t stand up and crack down on this sort of injustice as well.
I can’t say it’s a great movie by any stretch, but it could make for a good rental if you’re really bored. There is way too much violence for most people, so be aware of that aspect of the film. Our friends Rod & Kimberly Tactaquin went and saw it earlier in the day and Rod called and said, “It’s like watching the Bourne Geriatric.” I would have to agree. Liam Neeson is a great actor, but this role is just too far fetched to pull off. Becky disagreed with me on this one though and thought it was a great flick and definitely worth the trip. Not often that she likes the action packed film more than I did.
John – ** Rental
Becky – *** Worth The Trip
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