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Taken

action & adventure, drama, thrillers


When his estranged daughter is kidnapped in Paris, a former spy (Liam Neeson) sets out to find her at any cost.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
    58%
  • Audience Score
    85%

common sense

PAUSE for kids age 14
Consumerism
2 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
4 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Positive role models
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
4 out of 5

Violent, disturbing rescue/revenge thriller isn't for kids.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this "hard PG-13" thriller seems just a drop of blood or two away from an R rating. Not only is there a great deal of violence, but a disturbing subplot centers on young women being kidnapped into the seedy world of sex slavery. The themes of revenge, vigilantism, sex and drug trafficking, and international political corruption are too intense for young audiences. Language is moderate ("s--t," "a--hole"), but drug use is widespread (though not a lot of actual use is shown on camera), and characters also drink and smoke.

what families can talk about

  • Kim and her friend partially to blame for their perilous dilemma? What mistakes did they make?
  • How are Americans portrayed in the film (versus Europeans)?
  • Families can talk about what makes this PG-13-rated movie different from R-rated films.
  • Is the violence less graphic or upsetting? Why or why not? What impact does seeing this kind of violence have on teens?
  • Families can also discuss the ethical and moral lines that characters cross in the movie. Are Bryan's actions justified because he finds his daughter?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

  • Tomatometer®

    58%
    reviews counted: 20
    see all Taken reviews
  • Audience

    85%

Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Neeson's] performance is the most perturbing thing in the film, even more so than its electrical-torture sequence or its revelations about sex-trafficking.

- Anthony Lane, New Yorker, Monday, February 2, 2009

Fresh:

- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out, Thursday, November 17, 2011

Fresh: With some suspension of disbelief and a strong stomach, it's possible to get taken in, or at least absorbed, by this adrenaline-pumping action thriller.

- Claudia Puig, USA Today, Friday, January 30, 2009

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Bryan Mills: Retired not dead. At first, I thought this was going to be boring (high ratings doesn't impress me that much......well sometimes). But this came out to be a brilliant movie. I'm not into this type of movies. I always find myself liking the peculiar ones. But this was serious. Happens in real lives (only if your daddy is not as smart as Lian Neeson, you're screwed!). Liam's voice scares me (wonder if it scared the criminal...a tiny bit at least.......hmmm). Liked the ending (as it's a happy one).

- 3niR, Sunday, October 17, 2010

0 star

Ridiculously hilarious, dumb & cheap action flick, The whole family thing makes this even more annoying

- arashxak, Sunday, October 3, 2010

5 stars

Yes a truely well portrayed film. Liam Neeson steals the show, I never thought an actor this old could pack punch for pound, overly unbelievable but yet shimmers of truth pitched in the storyline and character. The honest thing to say is if you liked, Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, then you'll find this entertaining. Its a thriller with plenty of well choreographed fight scenes, and realistic baddies.

- rezpatriot, Saturday, September 25, 2010